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City Parks Foundation provides free and accessible arts, sports, education and community-building programs within NYC parks.


CityParks Tennis presented by Chase, provides free tennis lessons to thousands of kids ages 5 to 16 each year in more than 36 parks throughout the five boroughs. The program promotes physical fitness while building self confidence, and is designed to make the sport of tennis freely available to those who want to learn the game in a fun, relaxed environment. CityParks Tennis lessons for kids are offered at all skill levels. Opportunities include free beginner lessons, tournaments, leagues, excellence programs and special events. *CityParks Tennis is open to New York City residents only. Registration takes place at each park during program hours. Our most dedicated and advanced junior tennis players our invited to participate in our year-round Chase Acesintermediate-level program. Click here for more information. Experienced NYC juniors can try-out for City Parks Foundation’s Reebok Junior Tennis Academy, a free, annual tournament-training program held at the USTA BJK National Tennis Center.  Click here for more information. For adults, we offer a Corporate Tennis League and aSeniors Fitness Program in the spring and fall each year.

CityParks Golf presented by the René Lacoste Foundation makes it fun and easy for boys and girls ages 6 to 17 to learn to play golf.
These FREE golf lessons, held in public parks and on citywide courses, makes the sport of golf accessible to kids of all skill levels throughout New York City. Free use of equipment is available at all lessons.

As with all City Parks Foundation kids sports programs, the emphasis is not only on learning the basics of a given sport, but also in developing self-esteem, discipline, and sportsmanship. The program gives kids a chance to improve their skills and ultimately try out for the CityParks Intermediate Program and Junior Golf Academy – a specialized program for dedicated young golfers.

The Junior Golf Center Annex located in Flushing Meadows, Queens is a facility for intermediate-level players to get free specialized lessons. Click here for more information. 

Junior Golf in Brooklyn
Located next to the Dyker Beach public golf course in Bay Ridge Brooklyn, the CityParks Junior Golf Center is a new, state-of-the-art facility that offers free golf instruction to New York City children between the ages of 7-17.
Highlights include a 6-hole golf course, practice putting and chipping greens, covered driving range and clubhouse with classroom space.

Explore the sections below to find out more about the center, register for a program, become a volunteer, or tour the facility.
For general information, view event details or please call (718) 259-2999. Click here for Directions.

TO REGISTER: Step One: Determine which program best matches one’s current ability level.  (click on name of the level to open the application) Step Two: Download the registration form for that specific program and submit it through the mail as detailed on the registration form.

City Parks Foundation will confirm your registration by email unless requested by mail. While we encourage the use of this website to identify the appropriate program and to download registration forms, we can also provide this information through email or postal mail. If required, please call (718) 259-2999. Due to limited class sizes, advanced registration is required and is on a first come basis. Please check our website frequently for the most up to date program schedules. After the first day of class, we reserve the right to reassign youth to a level judged more appropriate by our staff. If you are unsure which level to register your child for, please call us at (718) 259-2999 before you send us your application.  
PEE WEE: Specifically designed class for 7 year old players only.BEGINNER: Those who are new to the game or are still acquiring the basic fundamentals. ADVANCED BEGINNER: Past beginner participants of CityParks Golf or players who complete the Beginner 1 certification. INTERMEDIATE: Past intermediate participants of CityParks Golf or players who pass the Advanced Beginner certification. For experienced juniors who can demonstrate the essential golf skills, understand basic rules and are ready to play on a course. ADVANCED INTERMEDIATE: Players who have participated in the intermediate program for at least one year and have competed (or have been approved by the Director to compete) in one or more Saturday tournaments at the Junior Golf Center. ACADEMY: Juniors who are serious about competing, playing on a team and earning a college scholarship. Tryouts are held in May and are open only to Intermediate-level participants.

Track & Field

CityParks Track & Field gives New York City kids the chance to learn the basics of the sport, from hurdles and relay races to long jump, shot put and javelin throw. The program is open to boys and girls ages 5-16 and runs each summer in July and August. Actual start dates for lessons at each park vary according to which days of the week lessons are given there. All participating kids have the opportunity to display the basic skills learned at the end of each season at an organized track meet held at Icahn Stadium, the world class sports complex on Randall’s Island.

Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island
Sports Offered:
Fitness Training, Golf, Tennis, Track & Field/Running
Female, Male
Age Groups:
8-10, 11-14, 15-18, Adult
Programs Offered:


I love the program. It Helped me drastically improve my tennis skills, as well as my track and field abilities.

Review by ninjadeathstar on August 8, 2014

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