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Parks, Recreation, and Beaches


Enhancing the quality of life for residents through safe, structured, and accessible programs and public spaces.


The department provides year–round recreational and educational programs for New Bedford residents in an environment that is safe and supportive for both youth and adults to explore their talents, build self-esteem and empower healthy decision making. The health and wellness of people in New Bedford is dependent upon our recreational facilities, natural resources, and

opportunities. The positive experience of this engagement enriches and strengthens the fabric of our community for today and the future.

Current Offerings



Our programs include

the Play in the Park  Summer Food Program providing free meals and activities for youth 18 and

under all summer long,

the Kennedy Summer

Day Program which is a low cost, full day

summer camp-like experience for ages

5-14, free swimming lessons, fitness &

water sports at

West Beach,

the Youth United Sports Clinic program,

free music on West Beach, guarded public beaches, and nature trails.

Andrea McCoy Rec Center

The Rec Center offers a full size gymnasium with performance stage, education center with computer lab, art room for crafts & games, and multi-purpose room for a wide range of activities.

Membership is free for New Bedford residents. We offer many free and low cost sports clinics, martial arts, fitness classes, and skill building workshops. Each year we hold a free, family friendly community Halloween Party.

Open Monday-Saturday, see website for seasonal hours.

Out-of-School-Time Programs

We offer out-of-school-time programs at various locations throughout New Bedford as well as a low cost "Full STEAM Ahead" after school program at the Andrea McCoy Recreation Center and the Ricketson Nature Center in Brooklawn Park.  During school vacation weeks the Rec Center features fun Staycation programs with different themes for a small fee. We also partner with local organizations and scientists to provide free family events throughout the city, such as the New Bedford Science Café KIDS events.   Contact us for more info!


Basic Info

Address: 181 Hillman Street, New Bedford, MA

Executive Director: 

Mary S. Rapoza


Andrea McCoy Recreation Center Hours: Varying

Office: Weekdays, 8am-4pm 

Important Info

Scholarships and financial aid

are available. 


Transportation is included in some programs. Call for more information.

Visit to view all program offerings.  

For more information on current programs, check out their website below!

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