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Not ready to return? We understand! Our parks team is working hard to maintain our beautiful parks and trails that we hope you’ll explore safely. And, our recreation team is innovating new ways to deliver recreation programming virtually, so check back often for lots of fun activities or visit the Virtual Recreation Center for lots of great ways to Play, Learn, Connect, Grow, Explore and Relax all from the comfort of your home!

Last updated: December 3, 2021, at 2:35 pm

Family Fun

family fun

After School Kids Sewing Basics (Ages 9-12)  New!

Students will learn the basics of sewing with a machine as well as by hand. Projects will be varied to keep students excited!

After School Teen Sewing Sessions (Ages 13-16)  New!

Students will learn to use patterns to create garments and other projects. Use of a sewing machine and hand sewing will be covered.

Albany Exploration Zone - Adventurers & Innovators (K-5th Grade)  New!

We provide the STEM supplies, staff, and activities – your kiddo just needs to arrive ready to have fun! These Saturday classes include an age-appropriate STEM activity and an additional activity or free time. Because we understand that families have busy schedules, you can register for as many of these standalone activities as you like – choose just one or all of them!

Albany Exploration Zone - Builders (Ages 3-4)  New!

We provide the STEM supplies, staff, and activities – your kiddo just needs to arrive ready to have fun! These Saturday classes include an age-appropriate STEM activity and an additional activity or free time. Because we understand that families have busy schedules, you can register for as many of these standalone activities as you like – choose just one or all of them!

Albany Gems Dance Team (Grades 3-8)  New!

Do you love to dance? If you are going to be a 3rd-8th grade student this fall, then Albany’s competitive youth dance team might be the place for you! Coach Ashley Custis and team will offer multiple workshops this summer as an introduction to dance technique, different styles of dance, and lessons in teamwork and team building.

Egg-cellent Adventure  New!

HOP, HOP, HOP on over and have some fun with us!

Fairytale Dance (Ages 3-4 & 5-7)  New!

There’s nothing more imaginative than fairytales! Experience the magic of ballet as your child stretches, leaps, and dances across the floor. Using props and interactive songs, this class will help improve balance and coordination while introducing your child to the fundamentals of ballet.

Fundamentals of Baton Twirling (Ages 6-10)  New!

Baton twirling is an artistic and aerobic sport that combines dance and gymnastics while manipulating a baton. In this twirling class, your child will develop spatial awareness, fine motor skills, and hand-eye coordination. Better yet, they’ll have fun and build connections with their peers!

Glow in the Park  New!

Get your glow outfit ready and help us light up the park!

Holiday Sewing (Ages 9-16)

We will be making various holiday decorations using felt, fabric, ribbon, buttons, and other decorative materials. All supplies are included.

Novice Baton Twirling (Ages 11+)  New!

Learn to combine fundamental twirling skills into routines (performance opportunities available).

Spring Break Day Camp (Grade 1-5)  New!

With active games, art projects, and hands-on learning activities, Spring Break Day Camp is a great opportunity for new experiences! Youth will be involved in art, cooking, and science activities that will encourage their creativity and provide learning opportunities. Join us for a fun filled week of new adventures this spring break at Camp Albany!

Winter Wonderland Way

Walk through this magical holiday wonderland! Come see the lights and hear the sounds of the holiday season! We will have special gifts for all the kids and fun things to look at as you wander through the park. Even Santa will be joining the fun!

Community Events

community events

Egg-cellent Adventure  New!

HOP, HOP, HOP on over and have some fun with us!

Glow in the Park  New!

Get your glow outfit ready and help us light up the park!

Winter Wonderland Way

Walk through this magical holiday wonderland! Come see the lights and hear the sounds of the holiday season! We will have special gifts for all the kids and fun things to look at as you wander through the park. Even Santa will be joining the fun!

Aquatics

aquatics

Aqua Jog

Aqua jogging is a group fitness class with a trained professional teaching for about an hour. The classes focus on aerobic endurance, resistance training, and creating an enjoyable atmosphere sometimes with music.

Household Recreation Swim

Gather up the entire family for some fun in the pool! Members of the same household are invited to come and swim together. Adults are required with anyone under age 16.

Lap Swim

Lap Swim is exactly what it sounds like - swimming laps! Do your own personal training routine. When the shallow end is available, walking is permitted.

Personal Exercise

Aqua jogging is so fun & popular. This is not an instructor led session and participants must remain socially distanced from other participants. Flotation devices are available.

Senior Fitness

Senior Fitness is a group fitness class with a trained professional teaching for 45 minutes. The classes focus on aerobic endurance, resistance training, and creating an enjoyable social atmosphere sometimes with music.

Water Aerobics

Water Aerobics is a group fitness class with a trained professional instuctor. The classes focus on aerobic endurance, resistance training, and creating an enjoyable atmosphere sometimes with music.

Youth Swim Lessons

Make a splash with swim lessons at Albany Community Pool! Learning to swim teaches skills to be safe in the water and so much more. Swimming builds self confidence, develops self-esteem and makes water a safe, fun environment for a lifetime. We are focused on developing strong swimmers and confident kids.

Active Adults

active adults

ENRICH, ENGAGE, ENERGIZE

Albany String Orchestra (Ages 10-Adult)  New!

The Albany String Orchestra is a beginner-intermediate level ensemble for violin, viola, cello, and string bass players with prior playing experience or who have completed at least a year of instruction. No auditions are required. The orchestra performs 2-3 concerts each year. Music includes classical, folk, Broadway, and dance tunes.

Fascinating Memoirs  New!

What makes a memoir engrossing to a reader? This class will study great published memoirs, explore different types of memoirs, how to interview a memoir subject, and write a memoir of your own.

Fused Glass Heart Windchimes  New!

Create your own fused glass windchimes, which are sure to add charm to any garden. Students will have access to a variety of beautiful glass. Let your imagination come to life and you will go home with beautiful pieces to put on display.

EXPRESS YOUR CREATIVITY

Acrylic Painting for Fun  New!

This course is designed for all skill levels, no experience required, and you can use whatever acrylic paints and brushes you have already. We will be painting on wood, glass, cloth, canvas, canvas boards, and anything else that sounds like fun.

Advanced & Intermediate Watercolor Painting  New!

Delight in the color, brilliance, and challenge of watercolor painting. Learn composition, perspective, reflections, shadows, and color theory with new and challenging techniques. This class is for those who are already knowledgeable of the basics of watercolor.

Beading Beginnings  New!

Basic beading stitches and techniques will be introduced and practiced in the proposed projects, leading to some nice jewelry options. Each session a new project will be introduced and started in class and finished at home.

Beginning Sewing  New!

This class will cover the fundamentals of sewing for the new sewist and those who need a refresher. Bring your machine or use ours. You will learn machine features, sewing techniques, and stitches. You will have the confidence to choose a pattern, fabric, and notions.

Calligraphy  New!

Practice letter forms and hand writing in this class that will help you fine-tune your artistic talents. This class will also cover calligraphy related art and crafts, including bookbinding, basic watercolor, and more.

Demystifying Sewing Patterns  New!

Students will learn that magic behind understanding and using patterns! Students must know the basic functions of a sewing machine for this class.

Fused Glass Flower  New!

Create your own fused glass flower! Students will have access to a variety of beautiful glass. Let your imagination come to life and you will go home with beautiful pieces to put on display.

Fused Glass Heart Dish  New!

Create your own fused glass heart dish. The perfect holiday accent. Students will have access to a variety of beautiful glass. Let your imagination go wild and dazzle your family and friends with your creation.

Fused Glass Holiday Ornaments

Create your own fused glass Christmas ornaments! This is one of the most popular craft classes we offer. Students will have access to a variety of beautiful glass. Let your imagination come to life and you will go home with beautiful pieces to put on display.

Fused Glass Project with Design Stenciling  New!

Create unique and whimsical fused glass item using design stenciling! Perfect home décor piece. Students will have access to a variety of beautiful glass. Let your imagination go wild and you will go home with beautiful pieces to put on display.

Intermediate Sewing  New!

This class will cover sewing seams, darts, hems, zippers, and finishing a garment. You will build on the skills you learned in Beginning Sewing or from previous experience.

Mosaic Birdhouse  New!

You will lay out and place your unique design at the first class by using tiles and glass. On the second night, you will grout your creation. Get creative and have fun! Invite your friends, meet new friends, make it a date night, or a girl’s night out.

Mosaic Fleur-de-lis  New!

You will lay out and place your unique design at the first class by using tiles and glass. On the second night, you will grout your creation. Get creative and have fun! Invite your friends, meet new friends, make it a date night, or a girl’s night out.

Mosaic Heart Plaque  New!

You will lay out and place your design on your mosaic brick, later you can add fairy lights to show off your design! On the second night, you will grout your creation. Get creative and have fun! Invite your friends, meet new friends, make it a date night, or a girl’s night out.

Mosaic Heart Votive  New!

Choose from several different items to mosaic! You will lay out and place your design at the first class by using tiles and glass. On the second night, you will grout your creation. Get creative and have fun! Invite your friends, meet new friends, make it a date night, or a girl’s night out.

Printmaking and the Gel Press  New!

Delight in the color, brilliance, and challenge of watercolor painting. Learn composition, perspective, reflections, shadows, and color theory with new and challenging techniques.

HEALTHY, ACTIVE, AND FIT!

Better Bones & Balance  New!

Based on OSU Bone Research Lab studies, this exercise program has been shown to slow the rate of bone loss in adults of all ages. Improve your balance and coordination, reduce your risk for falls, and see an increase in muscle tone and overall body fitness.

Gentle Yoga  New!

Increase strength, flexibility, and reduce stress while learning techniques to calm your mind and soothe your spirit. Learn yoga poses that develop strength, balance, proper breathing, and relaxation.

Gentle Yoga  New!

This class will offer a slower paced yoga practice that will encourage moving the body within a pain free range of motion. Cues for safe alignment and modifications given.

Tai Chi  New!

Tai Chi is a form of movement, meditation, and martial art that originated in China. Promotes relaxation, relief from stress, and improved general well-being by practicing mind/body harmony and cultivating internal energy or 'chi"

Yoga Flow  New!

We will flow from one yoga pose to the next with the breath. You will build strength, flexibility and balance while gaining peace of mind through breathing techniques and meditation.

Zumba / Zumba Toning  New!

Zumba/Zumba Toning provides a total body workout using easy to follow choreographed dance moves to combine elements of fitness-cardio, muscle conditioning, balance, and flexibility. Zumba Fitness classes are often called exercise in disguise because they are super effective and amazingly fun.

Zumba Gold  New!

A dynamic, exciting, and effective fitness program perfect for active older adults who are looking for a modified Zumba® class that recreates the original moves you love at a lower-intensity. It is designed to introduce easy-to-follow Zumba® choreography that focuses on balance, range of motion, and coordination.

TRIPS & TOURS

Afternoon Tea  New!

Indulge in one of England’s grandest traditions. Sit back, relax, and enjoy chatting with friends over afternoon tea. Scones, tea sandwiches, salad, dessert, and of course bottomless tea will highlight this delightful service.

Florence Downtown & Casino  New!

Whether you are shopping or gambling, this trip is for you! Once we are in Florence you can visit Three Rivers Casino and take a chance on Lady Luck. Watch the slots shake and dance! There is a café and snack bar if you need to take a break from your winning streak. If gambling isn’t your thing, then you can enjoy a scenic walk through historic old town Florence with its unique shops and eateries…From lace and glassware to tea rooms and teddy bears. Florence will have something for you to enjoy.

Multnomah Falls Sightseeing and Lunch  New!

We will be making a couple of stops before enjoying lunch and sightseeing with the impressive views of an Oregon iconic landmark. Plummeting 620 feet, Multnomah Falls looms above the historic lodge which was built in 1925. Fine Northwest cuisine is only enhanced by the breathtaking sight from each table. There will be time to walk outdoors and visit the gift shop.

OMSI - Mandela Exhibit  New!

Experience “Mandela: The Official Exhibition” which is the major new global exhibition that explores the story of the world’s most famous freedom fighter and political leader. This special exhibit was created in collaboration with the Mandela family and close colleagues. Items such as letters, clothing, apartheid-era items, and personal memorabilia create an immersive experience!

Our Daily Bread Restaurant  New!

In the heart of southern Willamette Valley vineyard country and near Veneta, Oregon, Our Daily Bread restaurant serves as our destination for this wonderful breakfast excursion. You’ll enjoy delicious regional cuisine in this family owned and operated restaurant. Our Daily Bread prides themselves on the fine quality of the meals which are made from scratch and feature unique entrees. The visit wouldn’t be complete without stopping by the Country Bakery to grab some homemade baked goods.

Shop Till We Drop: IKEA & Cascade Station  New!

Welcome to the magical world of IKEA! Ikea offers well-designed, functional products for the home at inexpensive prices…and even cheaper food! After visiting IKEA’s showrooms and restaurant, we’ll stop by Cascade Station, a vibrant mixed-use development at the “gateway” to Portland International Airport. The 800,000 square foot retail center features stores such as Bath & Body Works, Nordstrom Rack, DSW Shoes, Marshalls, and Home Goods.

South Pacific  New!

Don’t miss this 10-time Tony award winning musical! Love transcends the harsh realities of war and prejudice in this sweeping Pulitzer Prize-winning tale centered around two unlikely love affairs. Set on a tropical island during World War II, this timeless Rodgers & Hammerstein classic features some of the most beautiful music ever composed, woven into an inspiring story cherished the world over. The beloved score’s songs include “Some Enchanted Evening,” “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair,” and “There is Nothin’ Like a Dame” amidst big, Broadway performances and a chorus of American sailors and Navy nurses ready to take you to Bali Ha’i.

Tillamook Thursday  New!

See highlights of one of Oregon's esteemed coastal cities with this trip featuring the Tillamook Cheese Factory. We will visit the newly remodeled Cheese Factory to have lunch on your own, sample cheese, or have a delicious ice cream treat. Take a self-guided tour through the factory and learn about the processes behind Tillamook's most famous products. Then we will make a stop at Blue Heron French Cheese Company where you can enjoy more samples of cheese and some wine.

Volksfest  New!

Dust off your Lederhosen, starch up your Dirndl apron, and join the happy folks in Mount Angel for a celebration in honor of the best of the “wurst”- Old World sausages that is- at the annual Volksfest. The festival includes German music, a variety of sausages, cheeses, artisan breads, and more. Vendors sell German souvenirs, clothing, and other craft items.

Wildlife Safari  New!

Take a walk on the wild side! Nestled in a large, wooded valley, Wildlife Safari features over 500 animals from around the world. We will view over 76 species from our bus including tigers, giraffes, zebras, lions, elephants, bison, elk, and bear.

Volunteer Opportunities

volunteer opportunities

Adopt-a-Park Program

Albany Parks & Recreation’s Adopt-A-Park program is a way for individuals, groups, or businesses to show their pride and commitment to the city's parks and green spaces. With your help, we can keep our city parks beautiful, clean, and safe.

 

We promote healthy living through recreational experiences and serve as stewards of Albany's public parks and facilities.

Albany Parks & Recreation

 Contact us

 541-917-7777

 333 Broadalbin SW (1st floor)

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