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Holiday Closure Notice

Due to staffing, the Parks & Recreation counter at City Hall and the Riverfront Community Center will be closed Monday, December 26—Monday, January 2. To be directed to staff voicemail or other City departments; please call 541-917-7777. We appreciate your understanding and happy holidays.

Starting January 3, 2023

Due to staffing, the Parks & Recreation counter in City Hall will be closed daily from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. for lunch. We appreciate your understanding.

Welcome to Activate!
Activate! is a seasonal recreation guide that serves as your one-stop guide to the many recreation programs, events, classes, and trips that Albany Parks & Recreation has to offer. Whether you are 1, 100, or somewhere in between, Albany Parks & Recreation is your place to play, learn, connect, explore, and grow!   

 
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Last updated: December 6, 2022, at 2:33 pm

Family Fun

family fun

After School Basic Sewing (Ages 9-12)

Our sewing classes offer opportunities for children to learn the basics of sewing and celebrate their achievements while creating items they can use. 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)

Our sewing classes offer opportunities for children to learn the basics of sewing and celebrate their achievements while creating items they can use. Students will learn to use patterns to create garments and other projects. Use of a sewing machine and hand sewing will be covered. Sewing classes at Albany Parks & Recreation are a great way for your child to exercise their creativity!

Albany Exploration Zone

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

Do you love to dance? Are you interested in joining an awesome team? The Albany Gems Dance Team, a program offered through Albany Parks and Recreation, provides great opportunities to develop skills and the attitude youth need to be successful! Dancers learn fitness, nutrition, teamwork, and valuable life skills all while being part of a team. This team is a competitive performance team, but also has positions available for dancers that aren’t quite ready to get in front of a crowd or are new to the program.

Beginners Yoga (Ages 6-11)

Yoga is a great way for little ones to learn how to calm their minds, improve concentration, and move their bodies! Participants will learn stretches and yoga poses that develop balance and strength, while having fun with their peers. Kids in this class will release tension as they stretch, bend, and twist. They will learn child's poses, breathwork, lunges, and more.

Egg-cellent Adventure  New!

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

Fairytale Dance

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.

Family Tree Climbing at Silver Falls State Park

In this intro experience designed for everyone, learn to climb some of the largest and tallest trees in the world around 300ft high. Recreational tree climbing, also known as canopy climbing, is an unforgettable adventure that will allow you to climb to the top of the canopy of these massive trees where few people have been. This is your chance to try something not even 0.001% of the population has done. Explore a perspective of nature rarely seen and learn about the unique ecology, plants, and animals of old-growth forests.

FREE - Community Play Date

Connect with other parents & caregivers at this free weekly meetup at the Riverfront Community Center! There will be toys, games, rotating crafts for the kiddos, and snacks and drinks available in the coffee shop. Crafts are designed for kids ages 2-5. No registration required!

Holiday Sewing

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

Intro to Yoga (Ages 3-11)

Yoga is a great way for little ones to learn how to calm their minds, improve concentration, and move their bodies! Participants will learn stretches and yoga poses that develop balance and strength, while having fun with their peers. This class will include a few minutes of meditation and story time.

Just Dance

A combo jazz and lyrical dance class that is fun and energetic. This dance style is often associated with Broadway musicals. Dancers will learn turns, leaps, and jumps as well as building flexibility, strength, techniques and coordination as they move to inspiring music.

Spring Break Camp (Ages 6-11)

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!

True Magicians Magic Class

A life-skills program disguised as a magic class that includes amazing games, videos, magic tricks, and group activities that will delight your child while they make new friends and gain new confidence in themselves. Each child receives 8 individual magic tricks including full-color instructions, magic fun folders, a Discover Magic Key card, certificate of achievement, and a magic wand.

Winter Sewing Camp

Students will make winter-themed projects, some of which may include scarves, mittens, slippers, fleece booties, hats, book covers. Hot chocolate may be involved!

Youth Dungeons & Dragons Club (Ages 11-17)

Experienced players and total novices will have a blast at this weekly Dungeons & Dragons club! There will be a guided character-creating session on the first day, followed by a series of short campaigns spanning two weeks each. No experience is required, so participants can try out a session or two, or attend every week.

Community Events

community events

Annual Holiday Luncheon

Join us as we ring in the holiday season! Enjoy a wonderful meal with all the trimmings. Invite your family & friends, all ages welcome!

Egg-cellent Adventure  New!

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

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)

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.

Oregon's Rich History

There’s more to Oregon than you probably know. This class will examine the rich and diverse history of our state and will include topics covering Oregon’s frontier heritage and its role in American history from pre-European contact all the way to the modern era. This course is enlightening, fun, and out of the ordinary. Winter term we will be going in depth on trails to Oregon.

EXPRESS YOUR CREATIVITY

Acrylic Painting for Fun

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. The goal of the class is to have fun and explore the versatility of the medium of acrylics.

Advanced & Intermediate Watercolor Painting

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.

Basic and Creative Calligraphy

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

Beginning Sewing

Learn how to understand a sewing pattern from the envelope to the instructions and the pattern itself. After taking this class you will become confident in choosing your new sewing pattern.

Fused Glass Art Piece

Join us to create a beautiful, fused glass art piece with a wooden base. Students will have access to a variety of beautiful glass. Let your creativity take over and create a work of art, literally!

Fused Glass Heart Dish

Create amazing, fused glass heart dish that will make the perfect valentine gift, or a perfect dish for your jewelry! You will have access to a variety of beautiful glass. Have a fun time meeting new friends, getting creative, and have a new masterpiece at the end of your creative journey!

Fused Glass Heart Shaped Suncatcher

Create a stunning fused glass suncatcher! Students will have access to a variety of beautiful glass. Let your imagination go wild and dazzle your friends with this handmade suncatcher.

Fused Glass Night Light

Join us in making a beautiful and unique fused glass night light! Simply arrange different shapes and types of colored glass elements to make your very own unique design. will have access to a variety of beautiful glass to build their creation. You will have a fun time meeting new friends and creating a beautiful masterpiece!

Fused Glass Picture Holder

Join us to create a beautiful picture holder. Students will have access to a variety of beautiful glass. Let your creativity take over and create a work of art.

Fused Glass Spring Art

Join us to create a beautiful, fused glass spring art piece, even if you’ve never worked with glass before! Students will have access to a variety of beautiful glass. You’ll make something fun, exciting, and unique!

Fused Glass Surprise

Join us to create a beautiful, fused surprise item, even if you’ve never worked with glass before! Students will have access to a variety of beautiful glass. You’ll make something fun, exciting, and unique!

Mosaic Candle Sticks

Create your own mosaic candle sticks! Students will have access to a variety of beautiful tiles. Let your imagination come to life and you will go home with beautiful pieces to put on display.

Mosaic Madness

Create your own mosaic item! Students will have access to a variety of beautiful tiles and a variety of different items to mosaic. Let your imagination come to life and you will go home with beautiful pieces to put on display.

Mosaic Mirror

You will create your very own mosaic mirror! You will lay out and place your unique design during the first-class using tiles and gorgeous glass. On the second night you will grout your creation. Invite your friends, make it a date night, or fly solo!

HEALTHY, ACTIVE, AND FIT!

Adaptive Pilates

Improvised chair exercises adapted to improve core strength, flexibility, and functional movement by using Pilates principles for overall health.

Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program

This program offers gentle, joint-safe exercises developed specifically for people with arthritis to help relieve stiffness, decrease arthritis pain, and improve balance. The low-impact exercises can be done while sitting, standing, or on the floor.

Belly Dance Basics

Learn foundational belly dance movements, while exploring proper dance posture, transitions, cueing, and group improvisation. Belly dance is fun, but it also helps develop fluidity, core strength, and balance.

Better Bones & Balance

OSU Bone Research Labs have shown this exercise program will significantly slow the rate of bone loss in adults of all ages. Improve your balance, flexibility, coordination, and see an increase in muscle tone and overall body fitness.

Early Morning Fitness

If you’re up early, then this is the class for you! It will include warm up activities, walking, stretching, and strength training with light hand-weights. Everyone is welcome and those with physical limitations are given special attention.

Gentle Yoga

This class will offer a slower paced yoga practice what will encourage moving the body within a pain free range of motion. Cues for safe alignment and a chair can be used throughout class.

REFIT

REFIT® is a low impact cardio-dance fitness program for anyone seeking to get a good cardio workout with simple and easy moves. You'll enjoy positive and upbeat music and lyrics while developing a good community environment. Be changed from the inside out!

Tai Chi

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”.

Zumba / Zumba Toning

Zumba/Zumba Toning provides a total body workout using easy to follow choreographed dance moves to combine all 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

Zumba® is a dynamic, exciting, and effective fitness program featuring easy to follow, low-impact aerobic/fitness interval training with a combination of fast and slow rhythms. Latin and international dance music create fun and even party-like classes. Achieve long term goals and benefits of improved agility, flexibility, cardio, and muscular strength. Join the fun and feel the beat!

TRIPS & TOURS

A Cup of Tea

Indulge in one of England’s grandest traditions. Sit back, relax, and enjoy chatting with friends as you enjoy this Luncheon Tea. A cup of soup, scones, finger sandwiches, and tea will highlight this delightful service.

Ain't to Proud!

Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of The Temptations is the electrifying, new smash-hit Broadway musical that follows The Temptations’ extraordinary journey from the streets of Detroit to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. With their signature dance moves and silky-smooth harmonies, they rose to the top of the charts creating an amazing 42 Top Ten Hits with 14 reaching number one.

Bargain Hunting

The holiday season is over…let’s see if we can find some bargains! Put on your “comfy” shoes and get ready to shop for big name brands at low prices! Woodburn Premium Outlets is the largest tax-free outlet center in the West.

Big Fish

Based on the celebrated novel by Daniel Wallace and the acclaimed film directed by Tim Burton, BIG FISH tells the story of Edward Bloom, a traveling salesman who lives life to its fullest…and then some! Edward’s incredible, larger-than-life stories thrill everyone around him—most of all, his devoted wife Sandra. But their son Will, about to have a child of his own, is determined to find the truth behind his father’s epic tales. Overflowing with heart and humor, BIG FISH is an extraordinary musical that reminds us why we love going to the theatre—for an experience that’s richer, funnier, and bigger than life itself.

Come From Away

On 9/11, the world stopped. On 9/12 their stories moved us all. Join us for the true story of the small town that welcomed the world. Broadway’s Come From Away takes you into the heart of the remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them. Cultures clashed and nerves ran high, but uneasiness turned into trust, music soared into the night, and gratitude grew into enduring friendships.

Daffodil Drive & Festival

Daffodils are popping up throughout wine country! We will cruise the country roads around Junction City to see the bright blossoms, then join the festival held at the Long Tom Grange where you can buy armfuls of daffodils, browse local vendors, enjoy live entertainment, and take a wagon ride. You won’t want to miss the largest daffodil festival in the state.

Evergreen Aviation Museaum

Dreams of flight have captured the imagination of children and adults alike for centuries. Join us and view exhibits that celebrate the lives of innovators, pilots, and veterans who courageously pioneered flight in these remarkable machines.

Hairspray

You don’t want to miss Broadway’s Tony Award winning musical comedy phenomenon HAIRSPRAY! Join 16-year-old Tacey Turnbald in 1960’s Baltimore as she sets out to dance her way onto TV’s most popular show. Can a girl with big dreams (and even bigger hair) change the world?! Featuring the beloved score of hit songs including “Welcome to the 60’s”, “Good Morning Baltimore”, and “You Can’t Stop the Beat”.

My Fair Lady

From Lincoln Center Theater that brought you The King & I and South Pacific, comes “a sumptuous new production of the most perfect musical of all time” Lerner & Loewe’s MY FAIR LADY. This glowing production is “thrilling, glorious and better than it ever was” (New York Times). “Every so often a revival comes along that reminds you how indispensable great theater can be”. Boasting such classic songs as “I Could Have Danced All Night,” “The Rain in Spain,” “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly” and “On the Street Where You Live,” MY FAIR LADY tells the story of Eliza Doolittle, a young Cockney flower seller, and Henry Higgins, a linguistics professor who is determined to transform her into his idea of a “proper lady.” But who is really being transformed?

Our Daily Bread Restaurant

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. Housed in a beautifully renovated country church, Our Daily Bread is a full-service northwest dining experience. You’ll enjoy delicious regional cuisine in this family owned and operated restaurant.

Salem's Cheesiest

Did someone say cheese? Enjoy sample tasting of different cheeses at Willamette Valley Cheese Company. We will taste Gouda, Havarti, Jack, Cheddar, Brie, and Fontina cheeses, just to name a few. We will lunch at Annette’s Westgate Café which is in the historic Kingwood Building in West Salem. At the end of the day, we will “say cheese” again as we stop for a slice of cheesecake or other options at Gerry Frank’s Konditorei.

Shop Till We Drop: IKEA & Cascade Station

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.

Shopping Oakway Center

Shop away the day in Eugene, Oregon. We will begin our day at the always popular Oakway Center. From Chico’s and Trader Joe’s to the Nordstrom Rack, Euphoria Chocolates, and Pottery Barn, this stop has something for everyone.

Silverton Christmas Market

There is no time like the holidays to enjoy the splendor of the Oregon Garden Resort. Don’t miss this Christmas spectacular! This joyous holiday experience offers something for all ages, walk through an immersive path packed with more than a million lights (more lights and a longer path this year!), cruise down the snowless tubing hill, take your picture with Santa, enjoy live music in the Biergarten, and shop for handmade gifts and imported German goods at our authentic German market.

Something Rotten

Join us for this outrageous, crowd-pleasing musical farce, Something Rotten! Set in the 1590s, brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom are desperate to write a hit play but are stuck in the shadow of that Renaissance rock star known as "The Bard." When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theatre involves singing, dancing, and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first musical. But amidst the scandalous excitement of opening night, the Bottom Brothers realize that reaching the top means being true to thine own self, and all that jazz. Something Rotten! is a hysterical celebration of everything you love about Broadway.

Sound of Music

Join us for Rodgers and Hammerstein’s unforgettable 1959 musical setting of the heartwarming story of Maria Kutschera, an earnest if overly spirited novice at an Austrian convent who was sent by her abbess to be the governess of the children of widowed naval officer, Baron Georg von Trapp, eventually married him, and proceeded to oversee the family’s subsequent career as the world-renowned Trapp Family Singers. The Sound of Music has touched the hearts of audiences around the world. The show's beautiful score, which includes “Edelweiss”, “Climb Every Mountain”, “My Favorite Things”, “Do-Re-Me”, “Sixteen Going On Seventeen” and “The Sound of Music”, has made the final collaboration between Rodgers and Hammerstein one of the world’s most beloved musicals!

Spirit Mountain Casino

Spirit Mountain Casino has it all – hot and scintillating slots, tempting table games, and the laid-back fun of Keno. They’re proud to be Oregon’s #1 gaming destination and to have the most diverse selection of gaming options in the Northwest including the largest non-smoking section. Test your luck and find your fortune at Spirit Mountain.

Volksfest

Dust off your Lederhosen, starch up your Dirndl apron, and join us for a celebration of all things sausage! The festival includes polka bands, local dancers, and much more! Vendors sell German souvenirs, clothing, and other craft items.

Zoo Lights

Celebrate the holiday season amid the sparkling lights and brilliant hues of ZooLights. More than a million lights transform the Oregon Zoo into a luminous winter wonderland filled with moving sculptures, forests of lighted trees, and animal silhouettes. Cap off your visit by boarding the zoo's light-bedecked steamer train, which provides a unique view of the ZooLights splendor. More than 200 animated animals will swing through trees, jump across lawns, hide in bushes, and appear where they are least expected.

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

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Recreation

 541-917-7777
 333 Broadalbin SW (1st floor)

Maintenance

 541-917-7759
 3650 Dogwood Ave SE
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