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TABLE OF CONTENTS                                       Scott T. Johnson Recreation Center
                                                        15 Vanderbilt Ave
Ways to 3          518-587-3550 ext 2300
Letter from the 4             Multi‐Purpose Room, Fitness Room, Racquetball Court, Multi‐
                                                        Purpose Gymnasium, Playground, Interactive Spray Fountain 5-11
Drop In 12          East Side Rec
Camp 13         226 Lake Ave
                                                        East Side Skate Park
                                                        Playgrounds, Interactive Spray Fountain, 3 Basketball Courts,
                                                        3 Tennis Courts, 10 Pickleball Courts, 1 Handball Court,
QUICK ACCESS                                            Skate Park, 1 Football Field, 6 Baseball Fields, Paved Track 5   West Side Rec
                                                        166 Division St
Volleyball, Baseball, 6                 Playground w/ Zip Line, Interactive Spray Fountain, 3 Tennis
Intro to Skating, 7             Courts, 2 Basketball Courts, 4 Baseball Fields 8 9   Willard J. Grande Memorial Field 10-11   (formerly North Side Rec)
                                                        5 Clement Ave
                                                        Playground, 2 Lacrosse/Soccer Field

Rec Department Office Hours:                            Veterans Memorial Park
15 Vandebilt Ave Saratoga Springs, NY 12866             10 Adams Rd
   Monday - Friday 8am - 5pm                            Playground, Interactive Spray Fountain, Baseball Field, 4
                                                        Softball Fields, 2 Basketball Courts, 4 Tennis Courts, Jogging

Contact Information:                                    Geyser Crest Courts
  (518) 587-3550 Ext. 2300                              26 Hathorn Blvd                  2 Basketball Courts

                                                        Saratoga Springs Ice Rinks
                                                        30 Weibel Avenue
                                                        Vernon Arena Ice Rink - Regulation Sized, Seats 500

                                                        Weibel Avenue Ice Rink - Olympic Sized, Seats 1500,
                                                        Pro Shop

                                                        Waterfront Park
                                                        622‐630 Crescent Ave
                                                        Picnic Area, Fishing, Non‐Motorized Boat Launch

                                                         Early Registration Opens
                                                               Jan uar y 17
                                                                                                               pg. 2
Registration Information

                 Online                                  In Person                                By Mail
                             Visit Rec Center                  Visit
                                                                                          to download form

 Early Registration Opens January 17 at 7am
             Registration fees increase or close according to specific programs
Program and registration information is subject to change - please visit for most current information

         (518) 587-3550 Ext. 2300            

                                           Upcoming Registration Periods
                          Camp Saradac: February 27 City Residents / March 20 Non City Residents
                                                 Summer: March 20
                                                  Fall: September 5

All programs have min/max enrollments. Registrations will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. Fees must be paid
in full when registering. The Recreation Department may cancel classes or adjust schedules when necessary.

Registration In-Person or by Mail:
Only cash or check (made out to Commissioner of Finance) is accepted.

Registration Online:
Payments must be made at time of registration via credit / debit card. There is convenience fee applied to all transactions.

Limited scholarships available. Contact to apply.

Program Refund Policy:
If the Recreation Department cancels a class; a program refund, credit or make up class will be offered. All other refund
requests must come directly to the Recreation Office in writing at least 5 days prior to the program start date. Refunds are
subject to the approval of the Director and a $10 processing fee. Exception: Camp Saradac refund request must be made
prior to May 1st. No refunds will be provided afterwards.

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From the Director ...

                                                                          Happy New Year!
                                                                         John Hirliman
                                                                         Administrative Director of Recreation
                                                                         City of Saratoga Springs

                                                       Dear Neighbors and Friends,
          Saratoga Springs
       Recreation Department                           Spring is here! It is an exciting time to be in Saratoga
               Main Office
                                                       Springs and experience the great things our community
           15 Vanderbilt Ave                           has to offer, including your Recreation Department’s
       Saratoga Springs, NY 12866                      2023 Spring programs.
                              The Recreation Department provides a wide range of
                                                       programs for all ages and is available for everyone
      John Hirliman, Administrative Director
                                                       regardless of residency. This spring we are expecting
   Lisa Morahan, Assist. Administrative Director
                                                       another successful spring soccer program with hundreds
          Kathy Lanfear, Office Manager                of players and volunteers, as well as continuing to grow
   Douglas June, Recreation Accounts Specialist        the pickleball program which brings people from all over
           Jill Ramos, Program Director
                                                       the northeast to play. Additionally, we are proud to
                                                       announce two new partnerships: BETA Community
      Brandon Butts, Program Coordinator
                                                       Programs and C.R.E.A.T.E. Community Studios. The
               Saratoga Springs                        art and enrichment programs they will bring in our doors
            Recreation Commission                      will complement our sports program wonderfully.
  The Recreation Department is overseen by a 7-
person Commission Board appointed by the Mayor.        Saratoga Springs is a beautiful community where our
We would like to thank the following individuals for   recreation programs are second to none. We hope you
 their time and selfless dedication to ensuring our
                                                       find our programs enjoyable and remember to invite your
  community has wonderful recreational outlets.
                                                       friends to come and play!.
  City of Saratoga Springs Recreation Commission
               Derrick Legall, Chair
                    Amy Smith
                Alphonse Lambert                        YOURS IN REC,
                  Bob Manasier
                    John Dowd
                 Michelle Merola                        John Hirliman
               Adrianna Britt-Gaeta

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Programs                                                                                                Early Registration
                                                                                                          Begins Jan17

General Information

Early Registration: 1/17- 3/27

Dates: 4/22-6/17 (Sat 5/6 is moved to Sun 5/7, no 5/27, 5/29)
Location: Saratoga Casino Fields, 29 Nelson Ave, Saratoga Springs
Need: Water, sneakers/cleats, shin guards, ** No jewelry or watches**

Coordinator: Brandon Butts, Coordinator

Little Kickers is a Parent/Child introductory program that teaches basic soccer fundamentals            Little Kickers
through games and activities. Basic fundamentals of dribbling, passing, and shooting will all be        Ages: 3-5
covered. Players participate in small games the second half of the program.                             Time: Sat 9:00-9:45am

Big Kickers has teams and coaches. Teams will practice skills for the first half of the session and     Rec Soccer League
play games the other half.                                                                              Big Kickers
*Little and Big Kickers play 1 time per week on the weekend. All other divisions play once during the   Grade: K
week and once on the weekend.                                                                           Time: Sat 10:00-11:00am

                                                                                                        Grades: 1-2
The Rec League is separated into grade appropriate divisions to expose players to skills based
                                                                                                        Time: Mon 5:30-6:30pm
on level of play. Divisions are COED and they play once during the week and once on the
                                                                                                        Sat 11:15am-12:15pm
weekend. Divisions and schedules may change depending on registrations.
                                                                                                        Grades: 3-4
Our Adult Soccer play is very informal, keeping with the REC format. While informal, FIFA laws          Time: Tues 5:30-6:45pm
shall generally apply. No refs, official score or standings are kept. Games will be two 45 min          Sat 9-10:15am or 11:00am- 12:15pm
halves. The format is pick up style with new teams made each week.
                                                                                                        Grades: 5-7
Fees                                                                                                    Time: Wed 5:30-6:45pm
Little Kickers / Big Kickers / Adult                                                                    Sat 10-11:15am or 12:00-1:15pm
City $47 Non-City $67
*Fees increase by $25 after 3/27                                                                        Grades: 8-12
T-Shirt included                                                                                        Time: Tues/Wed/or Thurs 5:30-6:45pm
                                                                                                        Sat 10:00-11:15am or 12:00-1:15pm
Gr 1-12 Soccer League                                     Soccer schedules will be
Fees: City $62 Non-City $82                                released on April 14th                       Adult Soccer
*Fees increase by $25 after 3/27                                                                        Ages: 18+
T-Shirt included                                                                                        Time: Thurs 5:30-7pm

Volunteer Coaches Needed!
Consider sharing your love of Soccer by being one of our volunteer coaches. Our            Coaches Meeting
program's success depends on you! After registering your child for the program,            Wed, April 12th at the Scott T. Johnson Rec Center
register yourself under the "Coach" option.
                                                                                           Big Kickers & Grades 1&2: 5:30pm
At the end of the season, volunteer coaches receive a reimbursement for their child's      Grades: 3-12 6:30pm
registration fee. Two Coaches per team needed.
Questions? Email or call 518-587-3550 x2300

                                                                                 REGISTER ONLINE: SARATOGAREC.COM                 pg. 5
Programs                                                       continued...                        Early Registration
                                                                                                     Begins Jan17
                                                                                                               Willie Davis, Volleyball

                          Volleyball                                                                           Coordinator, has been providing
                                                                                                               instruction for the Saratoga
                                                                                                               Springs Rec Dept for over 9 years.

Our Spring Volleyball program is geared towards youth who wish to learn
                                                                                                               Willie has a wonderful way with
the rules and skills required to be a successful volleyball player and to                                      kids and love of the sport, making
move into team play.                                                                                           volleyball one of the Rec Dept's
                                                                                                               most popular programs.
Dates: 3/1-4/5
                                                                                 Ages 8-10
Location: Scott T. Johnson Rec Center, 15 Vanderbilt Ave
                                                                                 Times: Wed 5:30-6:30pm
Need: water and sneakers
Coordinator: Willie Davis, USA Volleyball Sanctioned Coach                       Ages 11-13
                                                                                 Times: Wed 6:45-7:45pm
Fees: City $57 Non-City $67
*Fees increase by $25 after 2/20                                                 Ages: 14-16
Tee Shirt Included                                                               Times: Wed 7:45-8:45pm

Our Tiny T-Ball program is designed as a parent/child activity. This clinic will
cover the necessary beginner fundamentals of throwing, fielding, hitting, and
base running. This is a very introductory class on the basics of baseball so
coaches will cover the locations of the field, basic rules, and proper equipment
and safety protocols.                                                                     Tiny T-Ball - Parent / Child
                                                                                          Ages: 3-4
Our Jr. Sluggers baseball program is geared towards the player with some                  Time: Thur 4:00-4:30pm
previous baseball or T-ball experience. This clinic will cover the necessary              Ages: 4-5
beginner/intermediate fundamentals of throwing, fielding, hitting, and base               Time: Thur 4:45-5:15pm
running. Coaches will review basic rules, proper equipment and safety
protocols. The 45 minute session allows for more hands on game play.                      Jr. Sluggers
                                                                                          Ages: Grades K-3
Dates: 3/2-4/6                                                                            Time: Thur 5:30-6:15pm
Location: Scott T. Johnson Recreation Center, 15 Vanderbilt Ave
Need: glove, water, sneakers (please do not bring bats, they are provided)
Coordinator: Brandon Butts - Rec Department Program Coordinator

Fees: City $57 / Non-City $67                 Volunteer Coaches needed for Jr Sluggers!
*Fees increase by $25 after 2/20              Simply visit and register as a Volunteer Coach under the program.
T-Shirt included                              Questions? Contact 518-587-3550 x2300.

            Boxing Co-Sponsored w/                                                   Since 1976, Saratoga Youth
       Saratoga Youth Boxing Association                                             Boxing Association has been
                                                                                     proudly serving our community.
Our co-sponsored camp is non contact and geared towards learning proper
boxing technique and conditioning. Light contact is available for those wishing
to take it to the next level. Full safety equipment and coach’s approval required.

Location: Saratoga Youth Boxing Gym at 30 Weibel Ave Ice Rink          City $57 / Non-City $67          Ages: 8-15 (co-ed)
Need: water, sneakers, towel                                           *Fees increase by $25 after 4/10 Dates: 4/19-5/5
Coordinator: Saratoga Youth Boxing Association                         T-Shirt included                 Time: Wed & Fri 6:00-8:00pm

                                                                              REGISTER ONLINE: SARATOGAREC.COM                    pg. 6
Programs continued...                                                                           Early Registration
                                                                                                      Begins Jan17

            Intro to Ice Skating
   Introduces participants to the exciting world of ice skating
   Provides opportunity to build upon skills already learned
   Prepares a skater for figure skating, hockey, or speed skating                     Early Spring Intro to Skate
   Level based system of teaching provides clear path to advancement                  Ages: 3 and up (Adults included)
   Classes are grouped by age and ability and will consist of 15 min warmup,          Date: Tues 2/14-3/28 (no 2/21) or Sat 2/25-4/1
   30 min group lesson, and 15 min practice                                           Time: Tues - one hour between 12:30-2:00pm
   Instructors have many years of experience teaching and emphasize fun and                  or 4:45-6:15pm
   safety while providing proper technique in ice skating basics                             Sat - one hour between 11:15am-12:45pm
   A responsible adult must accompany beginners on the ice. Adults do not             *Email will be sent prior to start date with class time
   need skates
   Single blade skates only
                                                                                      Spring Intro to Skate
                                                                                      Ages: 3 and up (adults included)
A responsible adult must accompany beginning skaters on the ice. Adults do
                                                                                      Date: 4/4-5/16 (no 4/11)
not need to wear skates.
                                                                                      Time: Tues - one hour between 4:45-6:15pm.
Location: Saratoga Springs Ice Rinks, 30 Weibel Ave, Saratoga Springs
Mandatory: Bike, ski, or hockey helmet.                                               *Email will be sent prior to start date with class time
Need: snow or fleece pants, warm jacket, single blade skates, mittens or gloves        Fees: $65 City / $85 Non-City
                                                                                       Skate Rentals: $5/Class / $25 Punch Card / Session
                                                                                       Fees increase $25 after 2/6, 2/13, 3/28
Coordinator: Jill Ramos - USFS Quadruple Gold Medalist/Over 25 years experience
Instructors: Amanda Shelburne - USFS Triple Gold Medalist/Regional and National Coach/PSA Master Rated;
             Pat Kenkel - USFS Double Gold Medalist/Regional and National Coach/Over 25 years experience;
             Kelsey Clechenko - Over 9+ years experience;
             Gwen Craig - Over 9+ years experience

         Rec Curling *NEW*
                                                                                       By Popular Demand...

                                                                                       The Saratoga Springs Recreation Department
                                                                                       is pleased to announce this Spring's Curling
FREE Drop In Rec Curling, to be held Friday evenings at the Vernon Ice Rink, with      program. This pilot program is made possible
an emphasis on Rec style fun and friendly competition. Our format will be similar      by the Participatory Budgeting process.
to backyard curling. Space will be limited so plan to come early. Games will be        Thank you all who voted!
timed to ensure everyone has a chance to participate!

You are welcome to either register ahead of time to secure a spot, or come when
you're able. For more information, email

Location: Vernon Arena, 30 Weibel Avenue                   Times:
Need: rubber soled shoes, no other equipment needed        2/3 - 8:30-10:00pm
Fees: FREE                                                 2/10 - 8:00-9:30pm
Ages: 18-99                                                2/24 - 8:00-9:30pm
Dates: 2/3-3/24 (no 2/17)
                                                           3/3 - 8:30-10:00pm
                                                           3/10 - 8:00-9:30pm
                                                           3/17 - 8:00-9:30pm

                                                                                  REGISTER ONLINE: SARATOGAREC.COM                   pg. 7
Pickleball                                                                                         Early Registration
                                                                                                        Begins Jan 17

                      Leagues                                             How Pickleball Got Its Name

Join the hottest sport in the country! Choose the league that best        In the summer of 1965, pickleball was founded by Joel
fits your skill level.                                                    Pritchard, Bill Bell and Barney McCallum on Bainbridge Island,
                                                                          Washington. Within days, Joan Pritchard had come up with
Beginner to Low Intermediate is for 1.0-3.0 skill level player            the name “pickle ball”—a reference to the thrown-together
High Intermediate - Advanced is for 3.5-5 skill level                     leftover non-starters in the “pickle boat” of crew races. Many
Unsure of your skill level? Visit and search "level".   years later, as the sport grew, a controversy ensued when a
                                                                          few neighbors said they were there when Joan named the
Early Registration: City 1/17 / Non-City 1/23 *7am online*                game after the family dog, Pickles. Joan and the Pritchard
Location: East Side Rec, 226 Lake Avenue                                  family have held fast for decades that the dog came along a
Need: paddle, water, sneakers                                             few years later and was named after the game.
Coordinators: Lisa Wilkerson, Beginner - Low Int League
                James Symon, High Int - Advanced League                   - USA PICKLEBALL
Fees: City $57 / Non-City $67

                                                                                Drop In - Indoor Play
*Fees increase $25 after 4/17

Beginner - Low Intermediate League
Ages: 18+
Dates: 4/26-6/7                                                           The Scott T. Johnson Recreation Center offers ample opportunities
Time: Wed 5:30-8:00pm                                                     to play pickleball at its 9 indoor courts.
*Basic instruction will be given the first 2 weeks of league (only).
Beyond that, experienced players are available to answer                  Indoor court time varies monthly, see the Drop In schedule posted
questions as needed.                                                      at / Drop In Programs page.

High Int - Advanced League                                                OPEN PLAY FOR ALL-
Ages: 18+                                                                 To encourage equal play for all, there are paddle waiting stations
Dates: 4/24-6/5 (moving 5/29 to 5/30)                                     for each level (beginner, intermediate, and advanced). Players are
Time: Mon 5:30-8:00pm                                                     expected to rotate games so all waiting players are able to join in.
                                                                          This provides a great opportunity for pickleball enthusiasts to meet
                                                                          one another for mixed play.
Interested in being part of the league but can’t commit to the entire
time? Sign up to be on the substitute list! Substitutes will be
                                                                          Location: Scott T. Johnson Recreation Center, 15 Vanderbilt Ave
contacted as needed by each league’s coordinator. There is no fee
                                                                          Need: paddle, water, sneakers
to sign up or participate as a substitute in our leagues.
                                                                          Fees: City $4 / Non-City $5
                     Workshops                                            Must have a Drop In Rec Card

Looking to learn the game or improve your skills? Consider a
Workshop led by Traveling Pickleball Pros.
Visit / Programs for workshop dates and times.
                                                                                      Outdoor Courts
Location: Scott T. Johnson Recreation Center (indoors)
& East Side Rec (outdoors)                                                The Saratoga Springs Recreation Department offers 10 pickleball
Need: paddle, water, sneakers                                             courts at East Side Rec. Courts are open to the public for free play
Coordinators: Ken Henderson, Traveling Pickleball Pros                    when leagues or summer sports camps are not in session. Courts are
                                                                          on a first come, first served basis and cannot be reserved.

                           Fees: City $47/ Non-City $57                   Outdoor courts are generally open late April - mid November
                           *Fees increase by $25 after end of             depending on weather conditions.
                           Early Registration period.
                                                                             REGISTER ONLINE: SARATOGAREC.COM                      pg. 8
Fitness                                                                                                      Early Registration
                                                                                                               Begins Jan 17

                                                             Meet Your Instructors...
                                                             Marcy Fiet is a certified instructor in Barre, Balletone, Mat Pilates, and Pumped Up Strength
                                                             and has been a group fitness instructor since 2018. Her focus is wellness promotion and
                                                             illness prevention through mindfulness, movement, and nutrition.

                                                             Rebecca Weyrauch has been active in the fitness industry for over 20 years. She is a Certified
                                                             Personal Trainer & Group Fitness Instructor through the Aerobics and Fitness Association of
                                                             America, Certified Mad Dogg Athletics Spinning Instructor, Certified Level One Kettlebell
                                                             Coach and is a TRX Qualified Trainer.

Balletone is a cardio and strength program that combines dance, pilates, and fitness moves. This class is open to everyone 18 years and
over at all levels of fitness. Dance away stress and gain strength and agility while moving to fun and motivating music! Exercise cues and
modifications will be provided during each class.

Location: Scott T. Johnson Recreation Center, 15 Vanderbilt Ave
Need: Exercise mat, comfortable clothes, 3 sets of different weights, water
                                                                                                  Ages: 18+
Coordinator: Marcy Fiet                                                                           Session 1 Dates: 3/2-4/6
                                                                                                  Session 2 Dates: 4/20-5/25
Fees: City $90 / Non-City $110                                                                    Time: Thurs 9-10am
Drop In Fee: City $18 / Non-City $20
DROP IN! Come when it is convenient

Pumped Up Strength
Pumped Up Strength is a combination strength training and cardio program. This class provides multiple benefits including improving
strength, increasing bone density, and reducing the risk of injury. There is also a cardio component that boosts metabolism and challenges
a participant's body while working out to fun and energizing music. All levels of fitness are welcome; exercise cues and modifications will
be provided during each class.

Location: Scott T. JohnsonRecreation Center, 15 Vanderbilt Ave
                                                                                                     Ages: 18+
Need: Exercise mat, comfortable clothes, 3 sets of different weights, water
                                                                                                     Session 1 Dates: 3/2-4/6
Coordinator: Marcy Fiet
                                                                                                     Session 2 Dates: 4/20-5/25
                                                                                                     Time: Thurs 10:15-11:15am
Fees: City $90 / Non-City $110
Drop In Fee: City $18 / Non-City $20
DROP IN! Come when it is convenient

Rock Your Fitness Bootcamp

Rock Your Fitness offers people of all fitness levels the chance to
experience a Total Body Workout within a safe, fun, and inspiring
atmosphere! Utilizing a variety of equipment from TRX Trainers, Free
Weights, Battling Ropes, Medicine Balls, Kettle- Bells and more, Rebecca
ensures you have a high quality experience.

Location: Scott T. Johnson Recreation Center, 15 Vanderbilt Ave                                Ages: 16+ / 13-15 yr old allowed with a parent
Need: exercise mat, comfortable clothes, water, weights (light 3-5lbs,
                                                                                               Dates: 5/17-6/28
medium 8-10lbs, & heavy 10lbs plus you are able to lift)
                                                                                               Time: Wed 5:30pm-6:15pm
Coordinator: Rebecca Weyrauch

Fees: City $105 / Non-City $125
Drop In Fee: City $18 / Non-City $20                                          REGISTER ONLINE: SARATOGAREC.COM                                   pg. 9
DROP IN! Come when it is convenient
Enrichment                                                                                             Early Registration
                                                                                                         Begins Jan 17
      New enrichment programs in 2023! In partnership with Beta Community Programs and C.R.E.A.T.E Community
      Studios, the Recreation Department will offer a variety of art , education, and specialty classes this spring!

                    Introducing Robin Ambrosino....
                    Robin Ambrosino is a Master Gardener, grower, forager, arranger, and lifelong plant enthusiast.
                    Gatherings began as a hobby that has morphed into her part-time joy job. Throughout the growing
                    season, she hosts an honor-system flower stand at the end of her driveway on Daniels Road and
                    offers bi-weekly bouquet subscriptions to individuals and local businesses.

                     Landscaping With Flowers 101                                           Make a Succulent Planter
                     Ages: Ages 16+                                                          Ages: Ages 16+
                     Date: February 9, 2023                                                  Date: March 9, 2023
                     Time: 6-7:30 pm                                                         Time: 6-7:30 pm

Location: Scott T. Johnson Recreation Center, 15 Vanderbilt Ave              Location: Scott T. Johnson Recreation Center, 15 Vanderbilt Ave
Fees: City $45 / Non-City $65                                                Fees: City $45 / Non-City $65

Spring is still a ways off, but if you’re already itching to spruce up
                                                                             Succulents are beautiful, tough, and resilient plants. With the
your outdoor space, come learn the basics of planting a flower
                                                                             right soil, enough drainage, and bright light they can be grown
garden. Robin will help you choose the right plants for your light
                                                                             inside and out. Robin will show inspirational photos of
and soil conditions; prepare the soil for successful growth; and
create a space with beautiful colors, textures, and foliage.                 succulents in varied settings, and then participants will plant
                                                                             their own succulent garden to bring home.

              Create a Fairy House
                                                                                       Ages: 3-4 yrs (session 1)
              Location: Scott T. Johnson Recreation Center,15 Vanderbilt Ave
                                                                                       Ages: 5-10 yrs (session 2)
              *Meet at recreation center and walk to Greenfield Cemetery
                                                                                       Date: April 18th, 2023
              Fees: City $25 / Non-City $35
                                                                                       Time: 1-2:30pm (session 1) / 6-7:30pm (session 2)
                                                                                       *Not a Drop Off Program
Making fairy houses is a fun way to get outside and use nature's bounty to build something creative and whimsical. And it's not just
for kids! Join Robin to explore the surrounding area for building materials. This was one of her favorite activities when her kids were
little — in the woods, at the beach, or in the backyard. Once you have the knack, you can build fairy houses anywhere at any age!
Parent / guardian must accompany child.

              Celebrate Spring Wreath Workshop
              Location: Scott T. Johnson Recreation Center, 15 Vanderbilt Ave      Ages: Ages 8+
              Fees: City $45 / Non-City $65                                        Date: April 27th, 2023
                                                                                   Time: 6-7:30pm
Create an early spring wreath with Robin. Participants will bend long, wiry vines gathered from the woods into wreath shapes and then
adorn them with fresh and dried flowers for some gorgeous pops of color. Come celebrate the beginning of spring – the season we’ve been
waiting for!

                                          Mother's Day: Create a Succulent Planter
                                          Location: Scott T. Johnson Recreation Center,        Ages: All ages (under 12 must have an adult)
                                          15 Vanderbilt Ave                                    Date: May 11, 2023
                                          Fees: Kids under 16 - City $25 Non-City $35          Time: 6-7:30 pm
                                                16+ City $45 / Non-City $65
It's Mother’s Day! Let's have a planting party and create a festive succulent garden to give as a gift or keep for yourself! Robin Ambrosino of
Gathering Wildcrafted Botanicals will show some inspirational photos of succulent planters, and then participants will make their own.
Course fee covers all supplies, including container, soil, stones, ribbon, and other decorations. One succulent will be provided per person,
and additional plants will be available on-site to purchase.
                                                                               REGISTER ONLINE: SARATOGAREC.COM                     pg.10
Enrichment                                                                continued...
                                                                                                               Early Registration
                                                                                                                 Begins Jan 17

              So You Wanna BEE a Beekeeper?
              Introduction to Beekeeping
                                                                              Meet Anna Knapp...
 Location: Scott T. Johnson Recreation Center, 15 Vanderbilt Ave               Anna Knapp is an urban beekeeper in Saratoga
 Fees: City $45 / Non-City $65                                                 Springs. She enjoys working with kids and adults
                                                                               to help expand knowledge and appreciation of
 Ages: All ages (under 12 must have an adult)                                  honey bees. Anna is currently enrolled in
 Date: March 29, 2023                                                          Cornell University’s Master Beekeeper Program.
 Time: 6-7:30 pm
 Have you ever considered keeping honey bees but don’t know where to begin? Early spring is a great time to learn
 the basics of beekeeping and prepare for your first hive. This 90-minute session with local beekeeper, Anna
 Knapp, is geared towards beginners and those curious about what beekeeping entails. Future classes covering
 practical beekeeping may be offered based on interest. Highlights of the class include: Considerations and
 benefits of beekeeping, Setting up your bee yard, Where to obtain bees, Costs of beekeeping, Mentorship and
 resources. Instructor will bring basic equipment and safety gear to demonstrate. (No live bees)

                    Meet Pilar Mittler...
                   Born in Mexico City, Pilar Mittler moved to Saratoga Springs in 2020 with her husband and two children. While
                   her degree is in Business Administration, she has a strong passion for her rich heritage and culture and is
                   currently teaching Spanish at the elementary level in Saratoga Springs. Pilar looks forward to sharing ‘all things
                   Mexican’ from language lessons to traditional Mexican customs and foods in her six week cultural series.

                                                                                                        Homeschool Spanish
          Preschool Spanish
                                                                                                        Language & Culture for Kids
          Language & Culture

Location: Scott T. Johnson Recreation Center, 15 Vanderbilt Ave               Location: Scott T. Johnson Recreation Center, 15 Vanderbilt Ave
Fees: City $90 / Non-City $110                                                Fees: City $90 / Non-City $110

Ages: 3-5
Tuesdays 2/28-4/4 Time: 9:30-10:15am
Wednesdays 3/1-4/5 Time: 9:30-10:15am                                         Grades K-5: 2/28-4/4 Time: Tues 10:30-11:15am
                                                                              Grades 6-12: 3/1-4/5       Time: Wed 10:30-11:15am
Join Señora Pilar Mittler for beginner Spanish language and culture
class for preschoolers. This will be a fun energetic class that               Join Señora Pilar Mittler for beginner Spanish language and
introduces the Spanish language with movement, songs, stories                 culture class. For each session, she plans to emphasize basic
and hands-on activities. Students will also be exposed to Spanish             language themes while also presenting new and fun topics
and Mexican culture including holidays, food and traditions.                  including holidays, foods and traditions.

                                                                                                                  We are pleased to announce this

                                                                            Wear a smock!                        free art program is offered
                                                                                                                  completely free of charge thanks to
                                                                                                                 the City's Participatory Budget
 C.R.E.A.T.E Community Studios is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit dedicated to providing a space
                                                                                                                 funding process.
 where the benefits of art-making impact both the individual and the community as a whole.                       Thanks to all who voted!

After School Art Exploration
Join C.R.E.A.T.E. Community Studios for a 6 week series exploring a variety of artistic mediums. Kids will get a chance
to use colored pencils, markers, crayons, oil pastels, watercolors, acrylics and clay, and will develop their own
unique artistic expression and style. No art experience required, all materials included.

Location: Scott T. Johnson Recreation Center                  Grades: 1-5
Coordinator: C.R.E.A.T.E Community Studios                    Dates: Tuesdays 1/31-3/14 (no class 2/21)
Fees: FREE! Space is LIMITED                                  Time: 4:30-5:30pm

                                                                                  REGISTER ONLINE: SARATOGAREC.COM                       pg. 11
Drop In Programs
  Recreation Center                                                                  Ice Rinks
Open Adult (17+) Basketball ($4 /$5)                                 *Open Public and Family Skate ($4 / $5)
Open Pickleball ($4 / $5)                                            Open and Family Stick ($9 / $11) Coaches $6 / Goalies Free
Racquetball ($5 / $8)                                                Open Figure ($11 / $13 ) Coaches $6
Open Gym (FREE)                                                      Open Adult (17+ and 40+) Hockey ($9 / $11) Goalies Free
Walking (FREE)
                                                                     *Note Open Public and Family Skate do not require a Drop In Rec Card,
Fitness Room (FREE Introductory Offer)
                                                                     but City residents with an account will receive the City discount.
 *Rates reflect a City / Non-City Fee

Additional Scott T. Johnson Recreation Center and Ice Rink Information:
Children 10 & younger must be accompanied by a person 16 years or older.

Racquetball reservations may be made online via your Community Pass account up to 7 days in advance.
Skate Rental / Sharpening $5 *Sharpening during public sessions - must call Ice Rink ahead to ensure service is available (518) 583-3462.
Buy 10 Get 1 Free Punch Cards available for Pickleball, Basketball and Racquetball Open Adult Hockey, Family / Open Stick, & Open Figure.
Family sessions include parents and children 13 and younger.

Family Stick and Open Stick require a helmet with cage or half shield and gloves. A parent or responsible adult must be on the ice
during Family Stick, and must be in proper equipment.

Open Adult Hockey requires full hockey gear including helmet with cage or half shield, and gloves.

                                    The monthly Ice Rink and Scott T. Johnson Recreation Center
                                    schedules are posted at Look for the
                                    Basketball or Ice Skate for the Drop In program calendar.
                                    Please Note:
                                    The Scott T. Johnson Recreation Center and Ice Rinks accept cash or
                                    check (payable to Commissioner of Finance) only for in person
                                    transactions. Punch Cards and daily tickets may be purchased online
                                    through your Community Pass account with a credit card.

We offer a variety of adult and youth Drop In programs at the Scott T. Johnson Recreation Center and Ice Rinks. To participate please
create an account to get your FREE Drop In Rec Card or simply log in to your account if you already have one.

To create an account, go to and click Online Registration or visit us at the Scott T. Johnson Recreation Center or Ice
Rink to fill out a form. Rec cards can be picked up anytime at the Rec Center or at the Ice Rink during a public session. Each family member
within your household must have a valid Rec Card to participate.
*Note Open Public and Family Skate do not require a Drop In Rec Card, but City residents with an account will receive the City discount.

                                                 Happy Birthday
                               Birthday Parties at the Ice Rinks (held during Family Skate and Open Public sessions)
                                                     Bring your own food, drink, and decorations
                                  Ice Rink staff will set up a table and chairs for you in the lobby or locker room

     The Scott T. Johnson Recreation Center is available for booking parties in the multi-purpose room (with use of kitchen and gym available)
                                               Email recreservations@saratoga‐ to book!
                                                                                    REGISTER ONLINE: SARATOGAREC.COM                      pg. 12
Over 75 Years,,,                                                                                             Early Registration
                                                                                                               For City Residents
CAMP SARADAC                                                                                                   Begins Feb 27

Camp Saradac is a NYSDOH licensed summer day camp for
children ages 5‐12, administered by the City of Saratoga Springs
Recreation Department. For over 75 years Camp Saradac has
offered exciting field trips, creative recreational and educational
programs, and intriguing arts & crafts. Camp activities are
designed to promote fun, fitness, and growth!

  Registration Dates:                                                                Limited Scholarships Available!
        City Resident: 2/27‐5/22                                                     To apply for a scholarship complete and submit the
        Non-City Resident: 3/20-5/22
                                                                                     scholarship application located at
                                                                                      Verification of family‐household income is required
  Camp Dates:
      6/26-8/18 (no July 4th)                                                        and MUST be attached or application will not be
                                                                                     accepted. Call us now to prepare at 518-587-3550
  Camp Hours:                                                                        x2300.
      Regular: 9:00am‐4:30pm
        drop off begins at 8:45am and pick up by 4:45pm                              Support for our scholarships has been made possible through
      Before/After Care                                                              generous donations from organizations such as the Alfred Z.
        Before Care: drop off at 7:30am                                              Solomon Charitable Trust, the Hawley Foundation, the
        After Care: pickup by 6:00pm                                                 Saratoga County Children’s Committee, Randy Johnson
                                                                                     Memorial Scholarship, New York State Office of Children and
  Camp Fees:                                                                         Family Service/Saratoga County Department of Aging and
       $180 City Resident per week                                                   Youth, Saratoga Springs Lions Club, Saratoga Springs Rotary
       $245 Non-City Resident per week                                               Club, WGY/Curtis Lumber Christmas Wish, Saratoga National
        Fees increase after May 8th by $25 per week                                  Bank, Adirondack Trust, Stewart’s Shops (Holiday Match), and
                                                                                     Private Donations.
  Before and After Care Fees: (per week)
         Before Care City $45 Non-City$55                                            New C.I.T. (Counselor In Training) Program
         After Care City $45 Non-City $55
                                                                                     Information coming soon!
  In order to register for camp, parents MUST provide:

  1. Registration and payment

  2. Child’s immunization records, must be provided at time
  of registration.

    Popular Q&A
    Can my child register for Summer Sports Camps AND be enrolled in Camp                            How old does a camper need to be?
    Saradac?                                                                                         Children must be 5 by June 26th.
    Yes...but you need to make all arrangements for transportation. Counselors will not be
    able to escort campers from one area of the park to the other and an authorized adult            Can I get a refund if our plans change?
    must sign participants in and out of programs.                                                   Camp Saradac refund request must be made prior
                                                                                                     to May 1st. No refunds will be provided afterwards.
    Wait list - what does it mean?
    If you register and the program is full you will be placed on a 'wait list'. Once there is       Are kids grouped with siblings?
    an opening you will receive an email notification that prompts you to fully register.            All kids are grouped by age level.

                                                                                         REGISTER ONLINE: SARATOGAREC.COM                     pg. 13
Mission Statement
Our mission is to create fun, safe, affordable activities, and to enrich the community’s quality of life through
outstanding programs, resources, and facilities for all individuals.

Join the Team!                                                              Volunteer!
Employment Opportunities:                                                   Volunteer opportunities include, but are not limited
   Camp Saradac: Director, Assistant Director, Counselors (16 yrs+),        to: coaching, score clock keeper, book keeper,
   Lifeguard, C.I.Ts - Counselors in Training (14 &15 yrs) - June‐August    chaperoning special events and/or nightly activities,
   Sports Camp: Basketball, Volleyball, Softball, Soccer, & more (14        park and field clean-up, and class instructors.
   yrs+) - June‐August
                                                                            All interested personnel are encouraged to download
   Scott T. Johnson Rec Center:
                                                                            a volunteer application from and
      Soccer ‐ Spring (April‐June) and Fall (September‐October) 14 yrs+     deliver to the Scott T. Johnson Recreation Center at 15
      Youth Parkers (14 yrs+) - July‐Labor Day                              Vanderbilt Ave or email to recreservations@saratoga-
   Ice Rink:                                                      

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      Skate Guards (14 yrs+) - Year Round
                                                                            Soccer and Basketball League Coaches may register
Download application at / I Want To                         directly online, within the program registration.
                                                                            Soccer and Basketball League coaches may be
                                                                            eligible for a reimbursement at the end of the season.

     With Special Thanks!
                            Saratoga Springs Friends of Recreation is a group of volunteers dedicated to fundraising for the Saratoga
                            Springs Recreation Department. They are committed to financing improvements for local playgrounds and
                            sports facilities, purchasing new youth program equipment, and helping fund camp scholarships. Like their
                            Facebook page “Saratoga Springs Friends of Recreation” for up to date fundraising events.

                            Online donations can be made through The Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region at
                   Please be sure to direct your donation to “Saratoga Springs Friends of Rec”.

                                       15 Vanderbilt Ave, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
                                                 (518) 587-3550 Ext. 2300


                                  REGISTER ONLINE: SARATOGAREC.COM

            Saratoga Springs Recreation Dept                       SaratogaRecreation                     @TogaRecreation
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