General Information of the Recreation Department
Serving ages 18 months through 90 years plus, the Department offered a wide range of activities in 2000 at the Rodda Center, school facilities and outdoor parks. Highlights from the year included the ten-month popular Toddler Program, Sunshine Gardens, which completed its first year with the extended day program operating from 9:15 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. as well as the two half day sessions. The program was a resounding success. The full day enrollment reflected the ethnic diversity of the Teaneck community. The children were enriched by the incorporation of Christian, Jewish, Muslim and African American cultural information through participation in classroom projects and parental involvement.
The After School program provided care for children ages 5 through 13 from school dismissal until 6:00 P.M. These children participated in basketball, pool, table tennis as well as chess and checkers. There were daily supervised homework periods and special event snacks including monthly birthday parties and pizza Thursdays.
For the summer, the Day Camp for ages 3 though 8, provided a variety of experiences. Children played games, swam at Hawthorne pool, frolicked in the Votee Park sprinkler and enjoyed various arts & crafts projects. Each session provided special event days and trips to local amusement areas.
Other preschool programs continued to be extremely successful including the Kindergym, Creative Dance and Toddlekins Programs and the new and popular KinderCraft program.
The Teaneck Community Band celebrated its 56th season of free concerts in Votee Park at the Band Shell. Evan Cooper, Conductor extrordinaire, provided five exciting concerts featuring Ryan Zawel on the Trombone, Kristof Schneider on the Euphonium, resident Lewis Archer on the Alto Saxophone, Mark Donellan on the Oboe and our Mayor, Paul Ostrow, narrating.
The Department celebrated July 4th with the 9th annual community festival in Votee Park. Hundreds of families were in attendance for magic shows, children's comedy show, face painting, tattoo artist, petting zoo, and pony rides. Also on hand were vehicles from the Fire and Police Departments available to the community for tours.
Two new groups adopted parks in 2000: the Teaneck Community Charter School adopted a portion of Votee Park and the Friends of the Hackensack River Greenway adopted Andreas Park. These groups join a host of other organizations adopting other parks in town. Friends of Tryon Park-Tryon Park; Girls Scout Troops 40 & 88 Bookstaver Park; Chopstix-Votee Park; Temple Emeth-Windsor Park; Ethical Culture Society of Bergen County-Phelps Park; Friends of Herrick Park-Herrick Park; Teaneck Jewish Center-Martin Luther King, Jr. Park; and Friend of Lubavitch of Bergen County-Terhune Park. These groups take an active interest in their respective parks providing activities for their groups while promoting neighborhood cohesiveness and pride.
The Teaneck Senior Services Center's programs continued to grow by leaps and bounds. The number of registered participants rose to over 1,850 with Teaneck residents overwhelmingly dominating. In keeping with our commitment to serve as many Senior residents as possible and provide quality programming, the Senior Services Center added a number of new classes to facilitate the demand for some of our more popular fitness classes. We had 643 individuals participating in our Fitness classes and 388 in Educational programs. Our commitment to excellence and innovative programming lead to the introduction of a Men's Fitness program which was enthusiastically received. The program was featured in the Bergen Record as well as the Suburbanite and served 127 new male participants. It is the only Men's Fitness class with a male instructor offered in Bergen County. Another of our "crown jewels" in 2000 was our Osteoporosis Exercise classes which again is a unique offering. We were the only Senior Center in Bergen County to provide specialized programming for those diagnosed with or at risk for developing Osteoporosis. The class was taught by an Exercise Physiologist from Holy Name Hospital's Cardiac Rehab Unit who is certified to teach this specialty course.
Our focus in the Senior Services Center is the promotion of healthy aging through education, socialization, fitness, health promotion and nutrition. To this end, through collaborations with the Teaneck Health Department and Holy Name Hospital, the Center provided Health Consultation and Blood Pressure checks on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays between the hours of 10:00 A.M. - 2:00 P.M. and served approximately 200 residents. In addition we were able to provide one-on-one Nutrition Counseling as well as a weight management program entitled Lifestyle Changes. The program met with great success and was facilitated by a Nutritionist, who's a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator from Holy Name. This was an interdisciplinary program offering which included the Sr. Public Health Nurse, the Nutritionist and the Fitness Director. We've only cited a few of the many facets of the Senior Services Center, just enough to wet one's appetite. We extend an open invite to the Teaneck Senior Community to attend our Annual Open House held the first Wednesday in December, view our facility, meet the professional staff and see your tax dollars at work. We are confident that you will be impressed.
To conclude, The Rodda Center was one of the headquarters for First Night, a townwide celebration on New Year's Eve sponsored by the Teaneck Cultural Arts Coalition. Thousands of residents attended this multicultural, inter-generational, non-alcoholic celebration. The gala, which provided activities and entertainment for all ages, featured parades, a five Star Dance Troupe, African American Art Exhibits, crafts projects for kids, food, and a Community Cabaret to name a few. Suffice to say, great fun was had by all in a safe, secure, open environment. The gaiety consumed all 50,000 sq. ft. of our facility with exuberance.
|Glenna D. Crockett, Superintendent of Recreation|
|Richard Rodda Community Center|
|250 Colonial Court (south end of Votee Park)|
|Phone:||201-837-7130 ext. 1|
|Hours:||9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. Monday through Friday|
|8:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. July and August|
|6:30 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. Mondays and Wednesdays during June and July|
|10:00 A.M. to Noon Saturdays during June and July (except July 4th weekend|
The Teaneck Recreation Department provides a varied programs for every age group responding to a wide range of interests. The programs in this booklet were scheduled for 2000. Programs are added or discontinued from time to time, as residents' taste and leisure activity preferences change.
Throughout the year, special events are scheduled for days when public schools are closed, but not on religious holidays. For the latest available information on programs, call the Department weekdays from 9:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.
The Department prepares a catalog of available programs for each season, which includes fees for those programs which carry a fee. Copies are free on request at the Recreation Department.
Registration for all programs takes place in the Recreation Department offices at the Richard Rodda Community Center. Except for special occasions, the first day of registration takes place on a weekday evening from 6:00 P.M.- 8:00 P.M. Registration then continues weekdays from 9:00 A.M. - 4:30 P.M. until classes and activities are filled. Call the office for seasonal registration procedures.
The Youth Division provides a school year Toddler Nursery Program for ages 3 & 4. Participants may choose a morning/afternoon program or extended full day program. An After School Child Care program, for children in grades Kindergarten through seven, is available from school dismissal until 6:00 P.M. Both programs follow the Teaneck Public School and Municipal Holiday Calendar. Registration is ongoing based on availability.
The Senior Citizen Services Center, located on the upper lever of the Richard Rodda Community Center, is in operation Monday through Friday from 9:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M. Seasonal activities in the areas of educational, physical fitness and social activities are available year round. For a small donation, a hot lunch, provided by the County, is available daily. A complete calendar of activities, classes and special events is available each month. A County van is available to assist in transporting participants to and from the Center daily. The Center may be reached weekdays by calling 837-0171 or 837-7130.
Permits for outdoor facilities can be obtained from the Department. To use Township tennis courts, either for Department sponsored lessons or play, residents (both students and adults) must obtain a tennis badge each year. To reserve a baseball or softball diamond, call the Department for applications. Permits are issued on an as available basis for a fee. Selected Township ball fields are available for use by permit only.
Picnic tables and charcoal burners are available in Phelps and Votee Parks. While reservations are not required, priority is given to residents who obtain them. It is recommended that a reservation be made at least one week in advance of the anticipated use. Picnic kits (duffle bags containing sports equipment of your choice such as footballs, baseball bats and bases, volleyball nets, soccer balls, frisbees) are available for loan to residents. These kits are issued for specific dates only.
To use the swimming pools in the parks, residents must obtain an ID tag. One tag is good for admission to either of the above ground pools in Hawthorne and Phelps Park or a separate tag may be purchased for the in-ground pool in Votee Park. Pools open the Saturday after schools close until Labor Day. ID tags are sold by the Department beginning in June.
Each year, our Teaneck Community Band presents a series of concerts on five consecutive Wednesdays during the summer. These concerts are held in the Votee Park Band Shell starting at 8:30 P.M. In the event of rain, concerts are held in the Teaneck High School Auditorium.
This is the registration schedule for the four seasons (dates are approximate):
|Winter||10 weeks||1st week of Jan.||March||2nd Monday of Dec.|
|Spring||8 weeks||3rd week of April||June||2nd Monday of March|
|Summer||6 weeks||1st week of July||Mid. August||2nd Monday of June|
|Fall||10 weeks||4th week of Sept.||December||2nd Monday of Sept.|
|Creative Dance||x||x||x||x||3-5||Rodda Center|
|Summer Dan Camp||x||3-4||Rodda Center|
|Swim Lessons||x||2-4||Votee Park|
|Toddler Program||x||x||x||3-4||Rodda Center|
|Toddlekins||x||x||x||x||18-36 months||Rodda Center|
|Birth Certificate required for all pre-school programs.|
Kindergarten to Twelfth Grade
|Program||F||W||Sp||Su||Age or Grade||Location|
|After School Child Care||x||x||x||A 6 to 13||Rodda Center|
|Arts and Crafts||x||x||x||x||G 1 & 2 (A)||Rodda Center|
|Basketball Clinic||x||G 3 to 10||Rodda Center|
|Basketball League (boys)||x||G 10-12||Votee Park|
|Classical Ballet||x||x||x||x||A 6 to teens||Rodda Center|
|Gymnastics||x||G K to 6||BF Middle|
|Open Gym||x||G 5 to 8||Rodda Center|
|Open Gym||x||x||x||G 9 to 12||Teaneck HS|
|Playground Program||x||A 6 to 13||Various parks|
|Sports & Arts Camp||x||G 4 to 9||Teaneck HS|
|Summer Day Camp||x||G K to 3||Rodda Center|
|Swim Lessons||x||A 5 to teens||Votee Park|
|Tennis Lessons||x||x||x||G 3 to 12||Various parks|
|Track||x||G 3 to 12||Teaneck HS|
|Weight Training||x||A 10 and up||Teaneck HS|
|Wrestling||x||G 4 to 8||Teaneck HS|
|(A) To age 13, Su only|
|Basketball||x||Adult Coed||TJ Middle|
|Golf Lessons||x||x||Adult Coed||Votee Park|
|Soft Aerobics||x||x||x||x||Adult Coed||Rodda Center|
|Softball League||x||x||Women||TJ & BJ Middle, Phelps|
|Softball League||x||x||Men||Sagamore, Terhune|
|Swim Lessons||x||Adult Coed||Votee Park|
|Tennis Lesson||x||x||x||Adult Coed||Various parks|
|Volleyball (Open)||x||x||x||Adult Coed||BF Middle|
|Volleyball League||x||x||Women||High School|
|Weight Training||x||Adult Coed||High School|
Senior Citizen Services Center
|Acrylic On Canvas||Friday||Life Stories||Thursday|
|Basic Drawing||Wednesday||Line Dancing||Thursday|
|Bridge (All Levels)||Monday/Friday||Low Impact Exercise||Tuesday/Thursday/Friday|
|Cerebral Gymnastics||Thursday||Men's Fitness||Mon/Tues/Thurs/Friday|
|Chair Light & Gentle||Wednesday/Friday||Osteoporosis Exercise||Monday/Thursday/Wed.|
|Classical Music Lecture Series||Tuesday||Quilting||Tuesday|
|Clay Sculpting||Tuesday||Spanish Language/Culture||Friday|
|Concert Choir||Thursday||Tai-Chi Chuan||Tuesday/Friday|
|Dahn Exercise||Monday/Thursday||Toning & Strengthening||Monday|
|Dance Aerobics||Monday||Water Color Painting||Wednesday|
|Drama Workshop||Thursday||Water Exercise||Tues/Wed/Thurs|
|Falun Dafa Exercise||Wednesday/Friday||Wood Carving||Wednesday|
|Folk Dancing||Wednesday||Yiddish Instruction (All Levels)||Tuesday|
|Hand Building||Monday||Yiddish Literature||Tuesday|
|Classes and times subject to change. For a current calendar, call the Center Office at 837-0171 or 837-7130.|
Organizations and Group Program
|Barbershop Quartet||Adult Male||Wednesday||8 - 11 PM||Ongoing*|
|Bridge Club||Adults||Tuesday||7 - 11 PM||Ongoing*|
|Camera Club||All Ages||Tuesday||7:30 - 10 PM||Ongoing*|
|Chess Club||All Ages||Monday||7:30 - 10 PM||Ongoing|
|Garden Club||Adults||Thursday**||8 - 10 PM||Ongoing|
|Stamp Club||Adults||Thursday***||7:30 - 10 PM||Ongoing|
|*** Except July and August. ** Second Thursday of each month. *** First and third Thursday of each month.|
|Location: Richard Rodda Community Center, 250 Colonial Court (South end of Votee Park).|
WHERE DO WE CALL?
The following Sports Organizations run independently of the Recreation Department, their registration, schedules, fees and organizational structure is their own.
|International Youth Basketball (ages 5 - 14)||September Registration||837-9718|
|Babe Ruth Baseball (ages 13 - 15)||June Registration||833-4374|
|Southern Little League (gr. K - age 12)||October Registration||833-2332|
|Teaneck Baseball Organization (ages 5 - 14)||September Registration||837-9613|
|Teaneck Junior Football (ages 7 - 15)||May Registration||837-8737|
|Teaneck Junior Soccer League (ages 5 - 14)||March Registration||801-0692|
|Teaneck Lances Baseball (ages 13 & up)||836-8377|
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