City Parks Foundation Kicks Off Free Fall Sports Program In Parks For NYC Youth + Seniors

City Parks Foundation kicked off its free 2021 fall sports programs this fall for young people and seniors in New York City.

City Parks Foundation provides free programs in a typical year to over 12,000 New York City youth and 1,000 seniors. This fall, we will safely host over 500 youth and 150 seniors in neighborhood parks and recreation centers for participation in free programs in golf and track & field for youth plus yoga and fitness walking instruction for seniors. All programs will be taking place in-person with safety restrictions in place, such as limiting class size and keeping students safely distant. Registration for all programs are now open online at cityparksfoundation.org/play.

CityParks Track & Field, presented in partnership with L&M Development Corporation and supported by the Randall’s Island Park Alliance, held in two parks, gives New York City youth the chance to learn the basics of the sport, from hurdles and relay races to long jump, shot put and javelin throw.



The free Track & Field program runs in two sessions in Soundview Park in the Bronx – Session 1 from September 19 – October 10 and Session 2 from October 17 – November 7. The program is held once per week on Sundays from 10a-12p and is available to youth ages eight – 14.

The Jesse Owens fall track program introduces novice runners to cross-country distance running through runs from East Harlem to Randall’s Island Park.

The Jesse Owens fall track program introduces novice runners to cross-country distance running through runs from East Harlem to Randall’s Island Park. The fall program will also incorporate a variety of track and field activities.

This free weekly track & field youth program runs from September 18 – November 13 in Manhattan, and is held once per week on Saturdays from 10a-12p and is available to youth ages eight – 14. Register online at CityParksFoundation.org/play.

CityParks Golf sponsored by LACOSTE and The First Tee NYC makes it fun and easy for boys and girls, ages six to 17, to learn to play golf in two locations during the fall. The Junior Golf Center Annex in Flushing, Queens offers free lessons once a week from September 18 – October 30. The Junior Golf Center in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn offers free lessons once a week from September 7 – October 25.

The program teaches youth the basics of the sport and helps them develop self-esteem, discipline and sportsmanship. Dedicated players can ultimately try out for the CityParks Intermediate Program and Junior Golf Academy – specialized programs available at the CityParks Junior Golf Center, a facility in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn that also offers to program for beginners.

CityParks Seniors Fitness returns to in-person instruction and will be held in neighborhood parks in Manhattan, the Bronx, and Queens, giving New Yorkers 65+ the chance to participate in free yoga and fitness walking from September 20 – November 10. The program has served over 10,000 participants since it began in 2006 and encourages older New Yorkers to maximize their health benefits by staying active. All equipment is provided. Register online at CityParksFoundation.org/play.

A new Seniors Fitness walking program will be launching in Springfield Park, Queens which is managed jointly with Elizabeth Madison’s Weight Loss Transformation Center and supported by NYS Assembly Member Khaleel Anderson and Council Member Selvena Brooks-Powers.

“I’m excited to partner with Assembly Member Anderson and City Parks Foundation to launch fitness and wellness programs to our seniors as we celebrate Senior Appreciation Month,” said Councilwoman Selvena N. Brooks-Powers. “This fall, older adults will enjoy eight weeks of plain-air exercise and nutritional advice, all in the company of other health-minded residents. We are looking forward to continuing partnering with City Parks Foundation, to bring community beautification, park activities, and sports programming to Southeast Queens throughout the next year.”

For more information and a full list of City Parks Foundation’s fall 2021 sports programs, please visit CityParksFoundation.org/play.

Generous private support for CityParks Track & Field is provided in part by L+M Development Partners, the Dick’s Sporting Goods Foundation, and The Venable Foundation. Generous public support is provided by the NYC Council under the leadership of Speaker Corey Johnson. In partnership with NYC Parks and Randall’s Island Park Alliance. Generous private support for the Junior Golf Center is provided by Lacoste and The First Tee, the Dick’s Sporting Goods Foundation, American Seniors Golf Association, and The Philip M. Waterman Foundation Inc.

Generous private support for CityParks Seniors Fitness is provided by David B. Pinter and Zwicker Electric Co., Inc., The Linda B. and Howard S. Stern Family Foundation, and L+M Development Partners. Generous public support is provided by the NYC Council including Speaker Corey Johnson. Seniors Fitness in Springfield Park is managed jointly with Elizabeth Madison’s Weight Loss Transformation Center and supported by NYS Assembly Member Khaleel Anderson and NYC Council Member Selvena Brooks-Powers. CityParks Play is presented in partnership with NYC Parks.

City Parks Foundation

At City Parks Foundation, we are dedicated to invigorating and transforming parks into dynamic, vibrant centers of urban life through sports, arts, community building, and education programs for all New Yorkers. Our programs — located in more than 400 parks, recreation centers, and public schools across New York City — reach 310,000 people each year. Our ethos is simple: thriving parks mean thriving communities.

CityParks Play

CityParks Play has a central role in activating City Parks Foundation’s mission to create vibrant and healthy urban communities through dynamic programming in parks for all New Yorkers. We activate New York’s neighborhood parks with free sports programs for youth, including tennis, soccer, golf, track & field, street hockey, and multi-sport instruction, as well as fitness classes for seniors. We help New Yorkers stay active and healthy, discover new sports, and make new friends.

Fall 2021 City Parks Foundation Sports Schedule

CityParks Golf sponsored by Lacoste and The First Tee

Brooklyn: Junior Golf Center

  • 8850 14th Ave.
  • September 5 – October 21
  • Weekly

Queens: Golf Annex

  • Flushing Meadows Corona Park Pitch and Putt on Meridian Rd.
  • September 14 – October 27
  • Weekly
  • CityParks Track & Field
  • September 19 – October 31

Bronx: Soundview Park

  • Lafayette Ave. & Morrison Ave.
  • Session 1 (September 19 – October 10):
  • Sunday, 10:00am – 12:00pm
  • Session 2 (October 17 – November 7:
  • Sunday, 10:00am – 12:00pm

CityParks Track & Field at Jesse Owens presented in partnership with Randall’s Island Park Alliance

  • September 18 – November 13
  • Saturdays, 10:00am – 12:00pm

Manhattan: Thomas Jefferson Park

  • E. 112th St. & 1st Ave.
  • CityParks Seniors Fitness
  • September 20 – November 10

Bronx: Soundview Park

  • Lafayette Ave. between Boynton & Colgate Aves.
  • Fitness Walking – Monday/Wednesday, 9:00am – 10:00am
  • Yoga – Monday/Wednesday, 10:00am – 11:00am

Manhattan: Chelsea Park

  • 27th-28th St. & 9th-10th Ave.
  • Fitness Walking – Monday/Friday, 10:00am – 11:00am
  • James J. Walker Park
  • Hudson St. & Clarkson St.
  • Yoga – Tuesday/Thursday, 10:00am – 11:00am

Queens: Springfield Park

  • Springfield Park & 181st St.
  • Fitness Walking
  • Wednesdays 9:00am – 10:00am: Walking
  • Saturdays 9:00am – 10:30am: Walking and Nutrition (1 hour walking + 30 min discussion on diet/nutrition)

Social Media

Facebook: @CityParksFoundation, Instagram: @cpfnyc, Twitter: @cpfnyc, YouTube: @cpfnyc

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