It’s summer in Jersey City!

Jersey City is rolling out all sports balls and other recreational events for this summer, with the city offering programs such as basketball clinics, soccer programs, and other non-sporting events.

The basketball clinics will take place from July to August at various locations such as Audubon Park, Bayside Park, Berry Lane Enos Jones Park, Pavonia Park and Pershing Field. Youth soccer programs are also available, with Shoot for the Stars Recreation Soccer taking place at Leonard Gordon Park from July to August.

A number of other sports programs the city plans to implement according to Director of Recreation Lucinda McLaughlin include swimming lessons, water polo and streetball, also known as street hockey. The Jersey City Summer Swimming Championships will also take place on August 10.

McLaughlin also said there are a number of non-sporting activities offered by the city, such as a roller rink, yoga and bucket drumming. There are also park wading pools available at a number of parks.

There will also be cultural events taking place including the upcoming 4th of July celebration and their Movies in the Park series.

There are also fitness programs at the Bethune Center, including tai chi, Zumba Gold, and taekwondo for kids. All classes are free and open to the public. The following departure time is:

  • Tae Kwon Do for Kids: Saturday 9:30-11:30 a.m. (Sensei Instructor Darren Drain) – running now.
  • Tai Chi: Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. and Friday from 10 a.m. 11 a.m. (Instructor Lawrence Rivers) – starting July 20
  • Bootcamp Fitness: Saturday 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. (Sensei Instructor Darren Drain) – from July 24
  • Practical Self-Defense: Saturday 10am-11am (Sensei Instructor Darren Drain) – from July 24
  • Zumba Gold: Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (Instructor Denise Rose-Booker) – from July 29

Registration for sporting events can be found at

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