Summer Kicks Off At The Rec Center


The official start of summer for the Floral Park Recreation Department began on Monday, June 22. On the first night, the park was filled with basketball and volleyball players of varying skill levels. Family and friends could be seen cheering on teams that compete nightly in both the competitive and recreational divisions. Volleyball and basketball schedules can be found daily on the park bulletin board and on the official village web site (

The daytime hours will now become filled with activities for the younger set began this Monday, June 29, including the preschool, arts & crafts, and primary recreation programs. Arts and Crafts Director Lauren Krouse announced that the theme for the first week will be projects and activities related to the Fourth of July holiday.  

The morning sports program allows children to just go play ball and have fun, while acquiring some fundamental skills and techniques. In the afternoon, boys and girls of all ages can be found participating in a multitude of intramural sports, including the very popular “Tennie-ball”.

Boys will complete the two-week basketball camp on Thursday, July 9, while the girls, starting on July 6, will play softball.

In keeping with a longstanding summer playground tradition, the final day of camps is designated as “Championship Day”. Parents are invited to attend the junior boys’ finals at 9:20 a.m., and the senior basketball finals at 10:45 a.m. on that date.

The recreation center has extended enrollment and are reserving limited openings in the full day and tennis programs. Interested residents may call for complete details. On Saturday, July 4, the park will be open from 8 a.m. and close at dusk on this national holiday.

Many thanks to staff member Don Haug for his recent guided tour and bird Walk at Centennial Gardens. Haug, Floral Park’s resident bird guru, has planned a second bird watching endeavor on Sunday, Aug. 2, from 2 to 3 p.m. Join him at Centennial Gardens for tour of the gardens and the birds that call it home and stop in during their migration.  

Residents are reminded that bicycles, smoking, musical devices, and pets are not allowed in the playground at any time. A 2014/2015 FP Village Leisure pass or a 2015 Floral Park Pool Pass is required at upon request at any time in the Recreation Center. Application drop-offs and leisure pass pick-ups are being done the park’s shelterhouse.

—Submitted by John Michon

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