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Parks & Recreation

Sewing Program

Mayor Derek Armstead, the City of Linden, and the Department of Parks & Recreation are pleased to offer youth and adult sewing programs.

Click here to view and/or download the informational flyer for this program.

  • Who: Youth program for 8 through 12 years old. Adult program for ages 18 and up.
  • What: Youth and adult sewing programs. Sewing machines are provided for use by participants.
  • Where: John T. Gregorio Center, which is located at 330 Helen Street.
  • When:
    • Youth Program: Fridays, from 5:15pm until 6:45pm on April 26, May 3, 10 and 17 and June 7 and 14
    • Adult Program: Fridays, from 7pm until 8:30pm on April 26, May 3, 10 and 17 and June 7, 14, 21 and 28.
  • How: $35 fee for youth program. $50 fee for adult program. Sewing machines are provided for use by participants. To view full class description and register online, click here. For more information, email here or call (908) 474-8600. In-person registration is available 9am – 4pm at the JTG Center, 330 Helen Street or the Linden Multi-Purpose Center, 1025 John Street. Online registration is available 24/7.

Youth Arts & Crafts

Mayor Derek Armstead, the City of Linden, and the Department of Parks & Recreation are pleased to offer Youth Arts & Crafts.

Click here to view and/or download the informational flyer for this program.

  • Who: Ages 6 and up.
  • What: Have your child enjoy a free art-filled program! Each session will be focused on unique and enjoyable crafts. Let their creativity blossom.
  • Where: Linden Multi-Purpose Center, which is located at 1025 John Street.
  • When: April through June on the second and fourth Thursday of each month, from 3:30pm until 5pm.
    • April 11 and 25.
    • May 9 and 23.
    • June 6 and 20.
  • How: Free program. For more information, call the Recreation department at 908-474-8639.

Beginners Woodshop Program

Mayor Derek Armstead, the City of Linden, the Department of Parks & Recreation are pleased to offer a beginners Woodshop Program.

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  • Who: Children must be between the ages of 6 through 12 to participate.
  • What: Beginners Woodshop Program. The instructor will guide participants through a step-by-step course on creating an animal puzzle!
  • Where: John T. Gregorio Center, which is located at 330 Helen Street.
  • When: Tuesdays, April 2 though April 30, from 6pm until 8pm.
  • How: Fee for the program is $25. Click here to register. If you have any questions or are a first time registrant, please call 908-474-8600.

Mixed Martial Arts

Mayor Derek Armstead, the City of Linden, and the Department of Parks & Recreation are pleased to offer Mixed Martial Arts, a six (6) week youth program.

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  • Who: Ages 5 through 10.
  • What: Mixed Martial Arts, an effective form of self defense. Marital Arts is an art form that tests not only physical strength and endurance, but mental perseverance, determination and patience. This is all through a positive attitude, discipline, and respect towards others and ourselves. Additional techniques will be added.
  • Where: John T. Gregorio Center, which is located at 330 Helen Street.
  • When: Six week program. Every Wednesday, beginning April 3 through May 8, from 5:45pm until 7pm.
  • How: Program cost is $50. To view full class description and register online, click here. For more information, call the Department of Parks & Recreation at 908-474-8600. In-person registration is available 9am – 4pm at the JTG Center (330 Helen Street), or the Linden Multi-Purpose Center (1025 John Street). Online registration is available 24/7.

Summer XC – Track Conditioning Program

Mayor Derek Armstead, the City of Linden, and the Department of Parks & Recreation are pleased to offer the Summer XC/Track Conditioning Program.

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  • Who: Open to all incoming Linden High School students, freshman through seniors.
  • What: Summer XC/Track Conditioning Program. The focus of this program is to begin conditioning for the upcoming athletic year. There will be a docus on drills, stretches, training and running. Be sure to bring sneakers, athletic clothing and water!
  • When: 8am until 10am, Monday through Thursday (weather permitting), beginning July 8 through August 1, 2024.
  • Where: Linden Field House at Tiger Stadium, which is located at 700 West Curtis Street.
  • How: To view full program description and register online, click here. In person registration is available 9am until 4pm at the JTG Center (330 Helen Street), or the Linden Multi-Purpose Center (1025 John Street). Online registration available 24/7. All first time registrants are required to call during business hours to have an account set up. For more information, call 908-474-8600.

2024 Spring Wrestling Program

Mayor Derek Armstead, the City of Linden, and the Department of Parks & Recreation are pleased to announce the 2024 Spring Wrestling Program. Our program has produced League and State champions! All skill levels are welcome.

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  • Who: For children Grade 6 through Grade 12.
  • What: Instruction on basic wrestling techniques and skills to improve one’s body awareness and overall confidence. All participants must have their own wrestling shoes. All skill levels are welcome.
  • When: Program runs from April 9 through June 13, 2024. Practice will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30pm until 8pm.
    • No practice on days that schools are closed.
  • Where: McManus Middle School Gymnasium, which is located at 300 Edgewood Road.
  • How: $25 registration fee, plus a $6 insurance fee. All participants must have their own wrestling shoes. Register online here, or register in-person at the John T. Gregorio Center (330 Helen Street) from 9am until 4pm, or at the Linden Multi Purpose Center (1025 John Street) from 9:30am until 7:30pm. All locations accept checks, money orders, Visa and Mastercard. No cash. No refunds once the session begins. For more information, call (908) 474-8600. Please note, all new “First Time” participants must bring the following original documents at the time of registration and we will make copies:
    • Child’s original birth certificate.
    • Household bill showing proof of residency.
    • Diver’s License or photo ID of parent/guardian signing up their child.

Smartphone Training Workshop

Mayor Derek Armstead, the City of Linden, and the Department of Parks & Recreation are pleased to offer a Smartphone Training Workshop. This program is made possible in part by a 2024 HEART (History, Education, Arts Reaching Thousands) Grant from the Union County Board of Commissioners.

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  • Who: Linden Senior Residents.
  • What: Smartphone Training Workshop hosted by Valerie Porter. Attendees will learn how to become more independent with their smartphones.
  • Where: John T. Gregorio Center, which is located at 330 Helen Street.
  • When: April 19 and April 26, from 12:30pm until 1:30pm.
  • How: Free workshop. To view full program description and register online, click here. In person registration is available 9am until 4pm at the JTG Center (330 Helen Street) or the Linden Multi-Purpose Center (1025 John Street). Online registration available 24/7. For more information, call 908-474-8600.

Adult Pilates

Mayor Derek Armstead, the City of Linden, and the Department of Parks & Recreation are pleased to offer Adult Pilates.

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  • What: Adult Pilates. Provides stability, mobility, and flexibility through concentrated movements. Improves postural alignment and helps correct muscular imbalances.
  • Where: John T. Gregorio Center, which is located at 330 Helen Street.
  • When: Wednesdays, May 1 through July 3, from 6:30pm until 7:30pm.
  • How: $40 plus $6 insurance fee. To view full program description and register online, click here. In person registration is available 9am until 4pm at the JTG Center (330 Helen Street) or the Linden Multi-Purpose Center (1025 John Street). Online registration available 24/7. For more information, call 908-474-8600.

Senior Citizen Arts & Crafts

Mayor Derek Armstead, the City of Linden, and the Department of Parks & Recreation are pleased to offer Senior Citizen Arts & Crafts. Come along and enjoy an art-filled program. Each session will be focused on unique and enjoyable crafts. Let your creativity blossom!

Click here to view and/or download the informational flyer for this program.

  • Who: For Linden Senior Residents.
  • What: Come along and enjoy an art-filled program. Each session will be focused on unique and enjoyable crafts. Let your creativity blossom!
  • Where: John T. Gregorio Center, which is located at 330 Helen Street.
  • When: Tuesdays, from 10am until 12pm.
    • April 9 and 23
    • May 14 and 28
    • June 11 and 25
  • How: Free program for all Linden Senior Residents. To view full class description and register online, click here. For more information, call 908-474-8600. In person registration is available 9am – 4pm at the JTG Center (330 Helen Street) or the Linden Multi-Purpose Center (1025 John Street). Online registration is available 24/7.

Muscle Resetting Workshop

Mayor Derek Armstead, the City of Linden, and the Department of Parks & Recreation are pleased to offer the Muscle Resetting Workshop hosted by Broadway Strong Fitness.

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  • Who: For older adults, ages 50 and up.
  • What: The Muscle Resetting Workshop will teach participants how to eliminate body pains that may prevent older adults from exercising or moving around, using easy-to-find items. Please bring a personal mat. The workshop is hosted by Broadway Strong Fitness, with instructor Wali Broadway.
  • When: Wednesdays, April 3 through April 24, from 10am until 11am.
  • Where: John T. Gregorio Center, which is located at 330 Helen Street.
  • How: $6 insurance fee. First-come, first-served. Please bring a personal mat. To view full class description and register online, click here. For more information, email here or call 908-474-8600. In person registration is available 9am – 4pm at the JTG Center (330 Helen Street) or at the Linden Multi-Purpose Center (1025 John Street). Online registration is available 24/7.