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.
Our programs include
the Summer Food
Service 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
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 computers, 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.
We offer free after school programs at various locations throughout New Bedford as well as a low-cost after school program at the Andrea McCoy Recreation Center. This includes the Let’s Move Beyond the Bell, Full STEAM Ahead, and Head’s Up Youth Leadership programs. During school vacation weeks the Rec Center features fun Staycation programs with different themes for a small fee. We also coordinate the New Bedford Science Café Kids events throughout the city for free family events with local scientists and hands-on activities.
Address: 181 Hillman Street, New Bedford, MA
Mary S. Rapoza
Rec Center Hours: Varying
Office: Weekdays, 8am-4pm
Scholarships and financial aid
Transportation is included in some programs. Call for more information