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The Park and Recreation Commission and Department provides year-round recreation opportunities and leisure services for Needham residents of all ages. The goal is to provide opportunities that are safe and fun, and promote healthy living.

Park and Recreation is proud of the benefits that recreation and parks provide to our community, including environmental, economic, community and personal benefits.

We are currently HIRING for our Winter/Spring season! Take a look at our Employment page for more information!

2017 Summer Program Registration
Summer Program Registration BEGINS on Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017 at 9:00AM!!

Ways to register:
     - Register online
     - Register in-person at the Park and Recreation Office (500 Dedham Avenue)
     - Register by mail:
           Mail your registration form and payment (Check, Visa, MasterCard, Discover) to: 
                            Park and Recreation
                            500 Dedham Avenue
                            Needham, MA 02492

2017 Summer Brochure
2017 Summer Brochure Cover Image
The 2017 Summer Brochure is the complete listing of all programs that Park and Recreation will offer this winter/spring at locations throughout Needham.

Please use a 2017 Summer Registration Form if you are planning on registering in-person or by mail.

The Park and Recreation Department no longer mails a paper brochure to every residence in Needham, and will only print a limited number of the brochures each season. Printed brochures will be available at the Park and Recreation Office, the Town Managers Office in Town Hall, the Needham Public Library, the Police Department-Dispatch Desk and The Center at the Heights.

To view the archive of past brochures, please click here, and select the season/year you would like to view.

2017 Summer Volunteer Program
2017 Volunteer Brochure Cover image
Park and Recreation is excited to offer our Summer Volunteer Program for the summer of 2017!

Copies of the volunteer informational booklet can be found online, on our facebook page, or picked up in the Park and Recreation Office (500 Dedham Avenue) beginning on Monday, April 3rd.

Volunteer registration will begin with after hours registration on Wednesday, April 5th from 5:00 - 6:30pm and continue during normal business hours until Friday, June 9th.

Volunteers and parents are required to sign the back side of the Volunteer Application for it to be accepted. As long as the application is signed by the volunteer, the volunteer does not need to be present. This is also true for the parent; as long as the application is signed by the parent, the parent does not have to be present.

There is a $25 fee for our volunteer program. This fee covers the costs for all volunteer materials including the volunteer tee-shirt and mandatory training supplies.

Volunteers are required to provide a character reference to complete their application. The reference is not required at the time of registration but must be submitted to the Park and Recreation office no later than Friday, June 16th.

Most frequently asked questions are answered in the informational booklet, but any additional questions can be addressed to the Park and Recreation Office (781-455-7550 ext. 3).

2017 Summer Sneak Peek
2017 Sneak Peek Cover
We are starting to look forward to the Summer and are happy to share our Summer Sneak Peek!

The full brochure will be out in mid-late April and Summer registration will begin in early May!

Winter/Spring 2017 Registration

Winter/Spring Program Registration BEGAN on Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at 9:00AM!!

Ways to register:
     - Register online
     - Register in-person at the Park and Recreation Office (500 Dedham Avenue)
     - Register by mail:
           Mail your registration form and payment (Check, Visa, MasterCard, Discover) to: 
                            Park and Recreation
                            500 Dedham Avenue
                            Needham, MA 02492

The Future of Rosemary Pool
After 45 summers, the current pool closed on August 26th for its final season. The current Rosemary Pool is filled with years of swim lessons, deep water tests, gallons of sunscreen, swim meets, first time summer jobs, and mostly tons of cherished memories. So it is a sad time for long time residents and newer ones that have just begun to experience all that this Rosemary has to offer - but it is also an exciting time as we continue to move forward with the hopes for a new facility.

Our hope is to receive construction funding at the May 2017 Town Meeting and begin construction on the new facility to be open in the Summer of 2018. Design plan information can be found at and in the new notice that the Park and Recreation Commission released in early August. 

We have enjoyed all of our many patrons over the years that make up the Rosemary family. Over the fall our department will be looking into what might be available to Needham families during our transition so please keep checking back for updates or sign up for our blast list (Click on 'Notify Me' and sign up for our 'Recreation Information' and 'Rosemary Pool Project' blast lists).

Park and Recreation on Social Media!
Like us on Facebook - Town of Needham - Park and Recreation!!

Follow us on Instagram - Needham P&R OR TGIF_Nights (for our Youth Center/Middle School participants!)

See what we are up to on YouTube!

  • The 2012 Summer Program Staff went with the popular idea of creating a video to a very famous song as a way to welcome participants and their families to the summer:
    View the Summer Program Staff video
  • The 2012 Rosemary Pool staff decided to create a video of memorable moments from the past season as a fun way to wind down and reflect on all the fun of the summer:
    View the Rosemary Pool Staff video

Patricia M. Carey
CPRP, Director

Public Services Administration Building
500 Dedham Ave.
Needham, MA 02492

Ph: (781) 455-7550, press 3
Fx: (781) 453-2510

Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.