Recreation

                   
   

RECREATION DIVISION
Department of Public Affairs 
J. C. Martin

      

 
   
               
               

 

OFFICE ADDRESS:
Keegan Recreational Center
522 Wood Street
Burlington NJ 08016

OFFICE HOURS:
M-F 9am-5pm


MAP: Parks & Recreation

TEL: 609-386-4070
FAX: 609-386-0766

EMAIL:JCMartin@burlingtonnj.us

FACILITIES: BevS@burlingtonnj.us

ON THIS PAGE:

  • INTRODUCTION
  • PROGRAMS & ACTIVITIES
  • YOUTH PROGRAMS
  • ADULT PROGRAMS
  • SENIOR PROGRAMS
  • REGISTRATION DATES / FEES
  • FACILITY USE / APPLICATION

OTHER PUBLIC AFFAIRS DIVISIONS:


Health & Vital Statistics

Tourism Council

Celebrations & Public Events

Boat Ramp

 


RECREATION DIVISION



The Recreation Division operates under the auspices of the Dept. of Public Affairs, and performs all appropriate functions with respect to recreation, including:

  • Planning, organization, and supervision of recreation and sports activities for youth, adults, and seniors
  • Operating programs with sufficient safeguards to maintain public health and safety
  • Managing staff and volunteers involved in operating recreational activities
  • Preparation and administration of divisional operations and capital budgets

In addition, the Recreation Division oversees:

  • Burlington City Athletic Association, Inc. (BCAAI), a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation formed to foster amateur athletes for national and international competition.

Materials Available:
City Facilities for Use
City Facility Use Request Packet (Acrobat® PDF, including: Application, Contract, Requirements, Rules & Regulations, Fee Schedule, Insurance Certification, Hold Harmless Agreement)

Block Party Application Form 

Parade Permit Application 

Program Registration Forms:

Activity Registration Form 

Code of Conduct Compliance Form

 INTRODUCTION

The division is responsible for planning, organizing, promoting and supervising City recreation programs and activities and youth athletic associations such as:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Football
  • Softball
  • Summer Arts and Crafts Program, etc.
  • Wrestling

CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK
For your protection, a Criminal Background Check is required of, and performed on, all volunteers participating in the Recreation Programs.

RECREATION SUPERINTENDENT & STAFF

RECREATION LEADER | J. C. Martin 
Under the leadership of J. C. Martin, a long-time athlete, coach, and BCAAI contributor.

SCHEDULING THE KEEGAN RECREATION CENTER | Beverly Schnegelsberger
The City has its own recreation center, which can also be scheduled for use by organizations for meetings and activities. TEL: 609-386-4070

ARTS AND CRAFTS PROGRAM | Mary Dallman
The Arts and Crafts program is in the capable hands of long-time coordinator, Mary Dallman. TEL: 609-386-4070

THE SENIOR RECREATION PROGRAM | Christine Mathis
The Senior Recreation Program is supervised by Christine Mathis. TEL: 609-797-1644

OFFICE | Beverly Schnegelsberger
Office staff, weekdays: Beverly Schnegelsberger and Nikisha Scott. TEL: 609-386-4070

For more information call us M–F 9am–5pm
TEL: 609-386-4070 or FAX: 609-386-0766.

 

PROGRAMS & ACTIVITIES FOR
YOUTH | ADULTS | SENIORS | BCAAI

The goal of the City of Burlington Division of Recreation is to provide a wide array of quality programming and activities for all ages throughout the year.

Feel free to browse by clicking on any item below. You may find a blank page under certain categories. That means there is no existing programming under that category at this time, but the category was listed for future inclusion. The Division of Recreation has listed only active programs but will be expanding our programming over the coming months and years. Continue to check the site periodically for updates.

Please note that the football, basketball, tennis, wrestling program and the summer arts and craft program are coed.

Burlington City Athletic Association, Inc. is hereinafter referred to as BCAAI.

YOUTH PROGRAMS

FOOTBALL
CHEERLEADING
WRESTLING
IN-HOUSE BASKETBALL LEAGUE
YOUTH IN-HOUSE SUMMER BASKETBALL
BOYS BASEBALL
GIRLS SOFTBALL
SUMMER ARTS & CRAFTS PROGRAM
KIDS WATERCOLOR ART CLASS
YOUTH TENNIS LESSONS
YOUTH BOWLING PROGRAM

PROGRAM or ACTIVITY REGISTRATION | FEES

PROGRAM or ACTIVITY

REGISTRATION

FEES

FOOTBALL

 

Jun. 1 - Aug. 1

 

$20 Single/$30 Family

CHEERLEADING

 

Jun. 1 - Aug. 1

 

$20 Single/$30 Family

WRESTLING

 

Oct. 1 - Dec. 1

 

$20 Single/$30 Family

IN-HOUSE BASKETBALL LEAGUE

 

Oct. 1 - Dec. 1

 

$20 Single/$30 Family

YOUTH IN-HOUSE SUMMER BASKETBALL

 

Apr. 1 - Jun. 15

 

$20 Single/$30 Family

BOYS BASEBALL

 

Starts Feb. 1

 

$20 Single/$30 Family

GIRLS SOFTBALL

 

Starts Fe

 

$20 Single/$30 Family

SUMMER ARTS & CRAFTS

 

Apr. 1 - Jun. 15

 

$20 Single/$30 Family

KIDS WATERCOLOR CLASS

 

Sep. 1 Dec. 1 Mar. 1

 

$30/child+Supplies

YOUTH TENNIS LESSONS

 

Apr. 1 - Jun. 15

 

$20 Single/$30 Family

BOWLING PROGRAM

 

Call Rec. Office

 

TBD

FOOTBALL 
Typically, boys of ages 7 through 14 participate in the Football Program each year. The boys are put on teams determined by weight classes, such as:

60lbs & under
75lb. & under
90 lb. & under
105 lb. & under
125 lb. & under
Unlimited

Registration begins June 1 of every year at the Keegan Center. The season begins August 1 with practice until the games start in September and end with playoffs in November.
The registration fee is $20.00 ($30.00 family). Each player is also responsible for the purchase of his own spikes.
The teams play against other teams from towns in the area in the Pop Warner Youth Football League. The teams are placed in certain divisions and compete in that division for a playoff berth.

CHEERLEADING 

Over fifty girls between the ages of 5 and 15 participate in the Cheerleading Program each year. The girls are placed on squads by age and cheer for the football teams in their age brackets. 
The registration begins June 1 at the Keegan Center. The season begins August 1 with practice until the actual cheering begins with the first football games in September. The season ends with the playoff football games in November.
The registration fee is $20.00 ($30.00 family) and includes the uniform (top and skirt only) with a deposit of $20.00 refunded at the end of the season when the uniform is returned. The girls are responsible for purchasing their shoes, leggings and other accessories. 
Our cheerleading squads also enter cheering competitions throughout the season to test their routines against other squads in the region. They also cheer at our in-house youth basketball games to keep sharp.

WRESTLING

Forty to sixty children between the ages of 6 and 14 participate in the wrestling program each year. Yes, wrestling is coed and we had a few girls compete each season. Our program is part of the Grapevine League and we compete against teams from other towns in the region.
The registration begins October 1 at the Keegan Center.
The season begins in December with practice until the wrestling matches begin in January and ends with Grapevine Tournament in March.
The registration fee is $20.00 ($30.00 family) and includes the uniform and headgear. Each wrestler is responsible for purchasing their wrestling shoes.
The program is lead by Jim Carcanague, and under his leadership, the coaches have produced a wonderful program. Our wrestlers compete in two tournaments a year. All the wrestlers compete in the year-ending Grapevine Tourney and then only the best of our team are chosen to compete in the State Tournament sponsored by the S.J. Wrestling Association.

BASKETBALL, IN-HOUSE, WINTER & SUMMER

In 2001-02, the Recreation Division started the co-ed In-House Basketball League. Teams are created from a participation of 80 kids, ages 5 to 14 (Winter) and ages 7 to 14 (Summer), and they compete against each other in an eleven-week program. 
Registration for the Winter League begins October 1 at the Keegan Center. The season starts in January with practice until the games begin later in the month and the season ends with playoffs in late March.
Registration for the Summer League begins April 1 at the Keegan Center. The season starts in June with practice until the games begin later in the month and the season ends with playoffs in August.
The registration fee is $20.00 ($30.00 family) and it includes a team shirt. Shorts and sneakers are not part of the uniform. The city provides all other equipment and the referees.

BOYS BASEBALL

Baseball is divided into the following categories:

Tee-ball & Rookie 4 - 6 yr. olds
Minor League 7 – 9 yr. olds
Major League 10 – 12 yr. olds
Junior Babe Ruth 13 – 15 yr. olds
Senior Babe Ruth 16 – 18 yr. olds

Registration begins February 1 at the Keegan Center. The season begins with practice in April and the games start later in the month. The season ends by the end of June but possible tournament play may begin in July.
Two hundred boys participate in each year’s program and we expect the same level of participation this season. The registration fee is $20.00 ($30.00 family).

GIRLS SOFTBALL

Over 160 girls ages 4-16 participate in the Girls Softball Program each season. The Program is divided into categories as follows:

Soft Tee 4 – 5 yr. olds
Coach Pitch 6 yr. olds 
Travel Teams 7 – 16

Registration begins February 1 at the Keegan Center. The season starts with practice in March and the games start with Opening Day in late April.
Registration fee is $20.00 ($30.00 family).

SUMMER ARTS & CRAFTS PROGRAM

The Summer Arts and Crafts Program is for children, ages 5 to 10, and is held Monday through Friday for six weeks beginning the last week in June. The morning sessions begin at 10:00am at four sites:

Keegan Center
Boudinot School
Lawrence School
Smith School

The afternoon session is held at the Keegan Center or in the adjacent Kennedy Park from 1:00pm to 3:00pm.
The program is not just arts and crafts but also games, movies, sports, shows, special events and field trips. The registration is $60 per child and registration begins April 1 at the Keegan Center.
Space is limited, so sign up early!

KIDS WATERCOLOR ART CLASS

The Art Class teaches up to 40 future artists each year from grades 1 – 8 for an hour of instruction each week for 8-week sessions - a Fall Session, a Winter Session and a Spring session, all culminating in the an art exhibit for family and friends in the Spring. 
The after-school program is held at the Keegan Center. Registration begins Sept. 1 for Fall Session, Dec. 1 for the Winter Session and March 1 for the Spring Session, all at the Keegan Center.
The registration fee is $30.00 per child plus the cost of supplies.

YOUTH AND ADULT COED TENNIS LESSONS

Youth Tennis Clinics (8 – 17 years of age) will be held Monday to Friday in June 28 to July 2 at the City High School tennis courts.

9am – 10am for 8 to 12 year olds M-F, 6/28 – 7/2
10am – 11am for 13 to 17 year olds

Adult Clinic Tue Evenings from 6pm – 7pm, 6/29 – 8/17 (8 sessions)

 

Registration fee is $20.00 per person or $30.00 per family.
(Bring your own racket or one will be provided)

ADULT PROGRAMS 

RUTGERS S.A.F.E.T.Y. CLINIC
ADULT TENNIS LESSONS
INTRO COMPUTER CLASSES

These programs may be held several times throughout the year at the Keegan Recreation Center, 609-386-4070. 
Please call the Center for the next available class dates M–F 9am–5pm 609-386-4070.

RUTGERS S.A.F.E.T.Y. CLINIC

The Rutgers S.A.F.E.T.Y. Clinic is the official coach’s clinic used by the Recreation Division and the Burlington City athletic associations to qualify volunteers for potential coaching positions in all sports sponsored by the city and the associations.

Created by the Rutgers University Youth Sports Council, the Rutgers S.A.F.E.T.Y. Clinic provides a comprehensive guide to coaches and parents alike with expert advice on preventing injuries, building health fitness and improving sports programs.

The City of Burlington Division of Recreation and the athletic associations make the attendance of a clinic a prerequisite for volunteer coaches in all our sport programs.

The clinic is a one time 3-hour course taught by a certified clinician as needed.

There is no cost to residents of the City of Burlington. Since 1999, we have certified over 200 volunteer coaches and parents involved in baseball, softball, basketball, wrestling, cheerleading and football.

If you are interested in being certified, call the Recreation Division M–F 9am–5pm 609-386-4070 for the date of the next clinic.

A Criminal Background Check is required of, and performed on, all volunteers participating in the Recreation Programs.

ADULT TENNIS LESSONS

Adult Clinic Tue Evenings from 6pm – 7pm, 6/29 – 8/17 (8 sessions)

Registration fee is $20.00 per person.
(Bring your own racket or one will be provided)

 

INTRO COMPUTER CLASSES

Learn the basics of Microsoft® programs - Windows™, Word™,
Excel™, Access™ and Powerpoint™. Each computer software program is a separate hour and a half, one day a week class for four weeks. 
These lessons are offered during the day in Keegan Center as part of the Board of Education Adult Learning Program.

 

 

SENIOR RECREATION PROGRAM

The Senior Recreation Program is held two days a week, Wednesdays and Fridays, at the Keegan Center from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. The lifetime membership dues are $10.00.

A variety of FREE activities are scheduled monthly and include:

  • exercise classes
  • art lessons
  • cards and games
  • book club
  • weight reduction program
  • senior chorus
  • Wii bowling
  • darts
  • covered dish luncheons
  • movie videos
  • crochet

Several other classes are available at the Center throughout the week at a REDUCED SENIOR RATE, and even lower rates for senior recreation program members, such as:

  • bus trips
  • computer training

For more information, and registration, call the Keegan center to speak with the Senior Program Supervisor, Christine Mathis, at 609-386-1470.

Burlington City Athletic Association, Inc. (BCAAI)  

This non-profit corporation was formed to oversee all fundraising activities and award programs for the youth sports programs sponsored by the City of Burlington and is the governing body for each individual youth sport commission in the City, namely, Baseball, Softball, Wrestling, Football and Cheerleading. 
Vacancies on the Board do occur from time to time. If you are interested in serving on the BCAAI Board, call the Division of Recreation at 609-386-0470.

 

RECREATION CENTER AND FACILITY USE APPLICATION

The below provides a centralized source of information and necessary forms for the rental and use of City recreation and meeting facilities. Browse the resources listed below, and either download the forms packet, or call for further information and instructions:

Keegan Recreational Center
522 Wood Street
Burlington NJ 08016

TEL: 609-386-4070
FAX: 609-386-0766
E-MAIL: BevS@burlingtonnj.us


City Facilities Request Packet:

(download & print necessary materials, in Acrobat® PDF form)

Packet includes:
List of Permissible Uses / Requirements
Rules & Regulations
Fee Schedule
Insurance Certification
Application / Contract
Hold Harmless Agreement

LIST OF AVAILABLE FACILITIES 

See MAP: Parks & Recreation

  1. Keegan Center
  2. Riverfront Promenade
  3. Kennedy Park
  4. Sixth St. Park
  5. Boat Ramp
  6. Barclay Totlot
  7. Jones & Linden Totlot
  8. York & Clarkson Totlot
  9. Neptune Ave. Totlot
  10. East Burlington Field Complex
  11. Farner Ave. Field Complex
  12. Allen School (Mitchell Field)
  13. Oakland Ave. Park
  14. Highland Ave. Field
  15. Engle Park
  16. Columbus Park
  17. Mehlville Playground
DESCRIPTIONS OF AVAILABLE FACILITIES
  1. The Keegan Center is the home of the Recreation Division office. It has an arts and crafts room, an all-purpose room, a small meeting room, and indoor and outdoor bathroom facilities. It is located at 522 Wood Street and is part of Kennedy Park. It is used not only for recreation, but also for Municipal Court and the City Council Meetings. It is host to other city department functions and private organizations, such as the senior clubs and athletic associations.
  2. The Riverfront Promenade is a beautiful mile-long linear park along the shores of the Delaware River. It can be best located by going north on High Street to Riverbank (Pearl St.) Drive. This park area is the jewel of the City’s park system with a river’s-edge Promenade, sitting areas, Boat Ramp, TotLot and basketball court. Its open space includes a bandstand and is home to concerts and larger social events.
  3. Kennedy Park is our largest park in the system. It stretches from Wood Street to Chelton Avenue. Kennedy Park Proper contains a picnic pavilion and playground equipment and several foot bridges traversing the creeks of JFK Lake. The Kennedy Park Extension (see Q.) located in the Mehlville section of the City has a walking path around that section of the lake, a shuffleboard court, basketball court and bocce ball court.
  4. Sixth Street Park is located off Sixth St. between Martha Street and Frances Street. It is wooded park containing a basketball court, play equipment and picnic tables.
  5. The Boat Ramp is located at the north end of the Riverfront Promenade at Tatham Street. Boaters can access the Delaware River from this ramp by purchasing a daily or seasonal permit that go on sale beginning April 1 through November 1 of each year. For fee information, see the Boat Ramp webpage. Permits can be purchased at the City Clerk’s office, M-F 9am–4pm and at the boat ramp on the weekends, from 8am–4pm.
  6. The Barclay Totlot is located on Barclay Street between Stacy Street and York Street. It is one of five sites renovated with state-of-the-art play equipment in the Spring of 2001.
  7. Jones & Linden Totlot is located at the corner of Jones Avenue and Linden Avenue. It also is one of the newly renovated sites with state-of-the-art play equipment and picnic tables.
  8. York & Clarkson Totlot is located at the corner of York St. and Clarkson St. It is also one of five newly renovated totlots completed in 2001.
  9. Neptune Totlot is located at the end of Neptune Avenue in the east Burlington section of the City. Slated for renovation in 2003.
  10. The East Burlington Complex is located at Columbus Street between Hulme Street and Logan Street. It has three baseball fields, home of the Burlington City Baseball Association’s Junior Babe Ruth, Major and Minor League teams. It also has a basketball court, bocce court, street hockey court and a former tennis court now equipped with batting cages.
  11. The Farner Complex is located on Farner Avenue between Grant Avenue and Lincoln Avenue. It is home to the Girls Softball League with two fields (one of which is lit), a basketball court and a defunct tennis court.
  12. Allen School (Mitchell Field) site is adjacent to the historical Allen School on Mitchell Avenue. It will be the future home of a football/soccer practice field. There is also a lighted basketball court on site.
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  13. Oakland Avenue Park is located on Oakland Avenue at the end of Park Avenue. It has the remnants of a former street hockey court and basketball court. It will be improved into a new state of the art tot lot in 2003.
  14. Highland Avenue Field ballfield is located at the corner of Uhler and Highland Aves.
  15. Engle Park is located on Engle Avenue at Cherry Street. Partially wooded, it has recently been equipped with climbing animal statues and has half-court basketball.
  16. Columbus Park can be accessed at the end of Valentine Road or Independence Drive. The park has a basketball court, a little league field, and play equipment slated for renovation in 2002.
  17. Mehlville Playground is actually part of the Kennedy Park Extension. The play equipment is slated for removal. A basketball court is adjacent to play equipment.

FACILITIES USE APPLICATION 

STEP 1: DOWNLOAD OR REQUEST PACKET
STEP 2: CAREFULLY READ AND COMPLETE FORMS
STEP 3: RETURN COMPLETED PACKET AND CHECK MADE PAYABLE TO CITY OF BURLINGTON

Certain requirements must be met before considering your request for use of City facilities (submittal of the completed and executed Application/Contract and the Hold Harmless Agreement along with a Certificate of Insurance). All requests will be evaluated in accordance with Ordinance 12.08, adopted by City Council in December 1992.

City Facilities Request Packet:
(download & print necessary materials, in Acrobat® PDF form)

Packet includes:
List of Permissible Uses / Requirements
Rules & Regulations
Fee Schedule
Insurance Certification
Application / Contract
Hold Harmless Agreement

If you experience any difficulty downloading and printing out the Packet, you may request these directly from the Recreation Office. Kathleen Franklin is in charge of the building scheduling and operations– contact her M–F 9am–3pm at:

Keegan Recreational Center
522 Wood Street
Burlington NJ 08016

MAP: Keegan Ctr. Location
MAP: Parks & Recreation

TEL: 609-386-4070
FAX: 609-386-0766
E-MAIL:BevS@burlingtonnj.us

Once all the appropriate forms and fees are submitted, your application will be processed. To facilitate a timely response to your request, it is critical that all required forms and fees be provided at the time your application is submitted to the Recreation Division. Failure to provide all information required will delay the approval process.

The completed application and related materials should be returned to:

Director, Public Affairs 
c/o City of Burlington Recreation Division
Keegan Recreation Center
522 Wood Street
Burlington, NJ 08016

 

     
 
 

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