Parks & Recreation

Dunellen Parks & Recreation
355 North Ave
Dunellen, NJ 08812
(732) 968-3033, ext 8

Alex Miller, Superintendent |
Kelly Seader, Program Coordinator |

The Dunellen Recreation Department & Parks Commission is dedicated to providing recreational programs, events & sports to the residents of Dunellen by utilizing the Borough's parks and schools to help enhance the lives of the community. Its mission is to create recreational opportunities for growth and enhancement by developing an array of diverse, affordable programs and multicultural events that promote community service and environmental awareness while meeting the physical, mental, social, and psychological needs of our community.

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Programs and Events

  Ongoing Register now for Rec Summer Camp for ages 5-12; 9 weeks from 6/17-8/16
  February 29 Deadline to register for Adult Woodshop class; begins 3/12
  March 1 Deadline to order a Hometown Heroes banner
  March 8 Deadline to register for Baseball/Softball for PK-8th grade; begins 4/20
  March 22 Deadline to register for Tennis for grades 3-8; begins 4/13
  March 24 Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Columbia Park at 12:50 PM; Dunellen residents only
  April 1 Deadline to register for Spring Track for grades 3-8; begins April 18
  April 20 Opening Day Parade & Ceremony from Washington Memorial Park to McCoy Park
  April 20 Movies in the Park in Washington Memorial Park; time and movie TBA
  May 4 Doubles Tennis Tournament at Columbia Park at 9 AM
  May 27 Memorial Day Parade from VFW to Washington Park at 10 AM
  June 20 Rec Night at the Ballpark - with fireworks! 6:35 PM game at TD Bank Ballpark*
  *For tickets to Rec Night at the Ballpark, click Register>Store.

Adult Jogging Club | Club meets every other week on Sundays at 8 AM at Washington Memorial Park. All levels are welcome. Free but pre-registration is required. 

Dunellen Outings Community Committee (DOCC) Walking Group | This is a fun way to get in your steps and meet up with friends and neighbors. The group meets at the gazebo at Columbia Park on the following days and times: Tuesdays and  Thursdays at 7:30 AM and Saturdays at 8:00 AM (except for Saturdays when Walks & Talks with the Mayor is scheduled). Group may cancel due to inclement weather; the group pauses regular walks over the winter months. Free. No registration required.

Dunellen Recreation Spring Open Soccer is back this spring!
We NEED Volunteer Coaches! The Spring Open Soccer program offers one practice per week and is run by volunteer staff. Practices will include skills development, drills and some informal game playing. This is a low commitment activity. Open to Dunellen Residents only. Begins week of April 15 and ends the week of May 20 at Columbia Park. Registration Fee: $0 - yes, it's free! Pre-registration is required to participate. Enrollment is capped based on the number of volunteer staff members. Spots are limited so register early. Register at Open Soccer.
The Open Soccer Program needs your help! If you are interested in volunteering to coach or assist with coaching, please contact Recreation Program Coordinator Kelly Seader, at
It’s not too late to register!


Spring Track with Coach Zak for grades 3-8 |
Athletes will participate in numerous events such as sprinting, jumping, throwing and hurdling. Each practice will include a proper warm-up ranging from jogging, dynamic flexibility and technical training, followed by event specific drills to increase their coordination, agility, speed and endurance through a fun team oriented environment. Session is April 18 to May 23 on Thursdays from 6:00-7:30 PM at the Sydney McLaughlin Track at Columbia Park. Registration Fee: $50.00* includes Dunellen Recreation t-shirt. Participants must wear sneakers and bring their own water. *Non-residents add $15. After 4/1, add $20 late fee and participant's t-shirt is not guaranteed; registration fee will not be adjusted. Register at Spring Track.




Spring break is here, which means summer is on it's way!

Make those summer plans before space runs out! Register today for Rec Summer Camp, and give your child(ren) a summer they will never forget.

Dunellen Recreation Summer Camp: where we disperse the fun! Registration is now OPEN! 
Make this the best summer yet for your child(ren).
Fun. Affordable. Flexible - sign up by the week or by the day! Exactly what summer camp should be.
For over 50 years, Dunellen Recreation has been offering one of the best summer camps around with the right mix for a perfect summer day - playtime on the playground, organized games, science fun, picnics, water play, walking trips to the ice cream shop, scavenger hunts, movie days and field trips. What more could a kid ask for? Space is limited. Register early. Don’t miss out! 9 weeks of fun!

Registration Deadline
Registration is required at least 3 business days prior to your preferred day or week of camp, space permitting. For trips, registration is required at least 7 days in advance. Dunellen Recreation needs time to arrange for proper staffing and to plan for activities. Thank you for your understanding.
Register at:

5-12 years old

Senior Center in Columbia Park, Dunellen

Session Dates
Monday-Friday from 8 AM-3 PM from June 17-August 16
There is no camp on 7/4 or 7/5. Field trips are scheduled for 7/24 and 8/6; additional field trips will be added.

Fees | Sign up by the week or by the day or mix and match!
Sign up by the week and save! | $250/week
Pay in full or make a $75 deposit/week (50% of balance due is 2 weeks prior to camp and remainder of balance is due three days prior to camp; $10 late fee is assessed if not paid by due date.)

Sign up by the day | $60/day
Pay in full at time of registration

Refund Policy
A full refund minus a $20 administrative fee will be issued if written notice of camper's withdrawal is provided at least 7 days before June 17. After that date, no refunds will be issued. Questions? Please contact Program Coordinator Kelly Seader at or (732) 968-3033, x8.

Kids Summer Camp Flyer - Made with PosterMyWall

Hometown Heroes Banner Orders | The Borough of Dunellen is pleased to offer the Hometown Heroes Banner Program as a tribute to past and present service members of Dunellen. Banners will be hung from light poles on North and N. Washington Avenues in downtown Dunellen from May until the end of November of each year. Banners are removed for the winter months and then rehung in May of the following year.  To order: Hometown Heroes Banners. Pay $170 online using a credit card (plus 3% service charge) or send a check or money order payable to "Dunellen Recreation" to Dunellen Recreation, 355 North Ave, Dunellen, NJ 08812.  After you complete your order online, please email a quality image of the honoree to Program Coordinator Kelly Seader at kseader@dunellenborough.comBanners ordered in the months of September, October, November, December, January and February will be hung in May before Memorial Day. Banners ordered in the months of March, April, May, June, July and August will be hung in November before Veterans Day.

Dunellen Outings Community Committee
Faith Thompson
Denise Allen
Sharon Stewart
Marianne Cummins
Nicole Peguero

Game. Set. MATCH! 
Dunellen Recreation Youth Tennis for Grades 3-8
Dunellen Recreation is once again offering Spring Youth Tennis for children in grades 3-8. Players develop tennis skills such as hand eye coordination, strokes, serves, speed and agility and more with fun games and drills. Come get trained by coaches and members of the 2023 Varsity High School Playoff team. Register by 3/22 to avoid $20 late fee. Dunellen tennis T-shirt is included in registration, but not guaranteed for late registrations. 

RECREATION TENNIS for grades 3-8 for drills and skills development
Session dates: 4/13, 4/20, 4/27, 5/11, 5/18, 5/25
Grades 3-5 (Beginner): Saturdays from 9-10 AM
Grades 5-8 (Intermediate): Saturdays from 10-11 AM
Registration Fee: $65; add $15 for non-residents

CLUB TENNIS for grades 6-8 for competitive play
Players trying to take it to the next level. Prepare yourself for High School Tennis and register for club tennis.
Session dates: 4/16, 4/23, 4/30, 5/7, 5/14, 5/21
Tuesdays from 5:30-6:30 PM
Registration Fee: $65; add $15 for non-residents
Register at:

Sign up for BOTH Recreation Tennis and Club Tennis and save $35!
A full refund minus a $20 administrative fee will be issued if written notice of player's withdrawal is provided by April 10th to Recreation Program Coordinator Kelly Seader at Questions? Call (732) 968-3033, x8. No refunds will be issued after that date.

Adult Yoga returns this spring!
Adult Yoga with Dana Downing | Spring 2024
Dunellen Recreation is offering a beginner Hatha yoga class for adults with instructor Dana Downing at the Dunellen Senior Center. This class is open to students of all fitness levels. Dana’s hopes for her students are to help them destress and relax through guided movement, postures and breathing exercises. Dana has been a certified yoga instructor since 2015 and has been teaching yoga in North Plainfield and Dunellen ever since. Registration deadline is 3/31.
Mondays 7-8 PM from 4/8-6/10
No class on 5/27
Dunellen Senior Center, Columbia Park, Dunellen
Registration Fee
$90 for the 9 class session
Class is free for Dunellen residents 62 years or older. Discount will be reflected at the check out screen when you register. Register at:
Please contact Recreation Program Coordinator Kelly Seader at 732-968-3033, x8 or

2024 Spring Doubles Tennis Tournament

Grab a partner and enjoy a fun filled day of doubles tennis on Saturday, May 4 ! The Doubles Tennis Tournament begins at 9 AM at the tennis courts in Columbia Park, Orange Street, Dunellen. The entry fee is $20 per team for Adults; $10 per team for high school students, pre-registration is required (only one member of the doubles team needs to register). Proceeds from the event will support youth tennis programs in Dunellen. The winning team will win a prize. Tournament is open to high school students and adults . Residents and non-residents of Dunellen are welcome to enter. Rain date: May 11
Register by May 1 Register at:

Contact Recreation Program Coordinator Kelly Seader:

The well known DAICC Summer Art Camp Returns!!
Summer Art Camp for Ages 6-12
The Dunellen Arts, Inclusion and Culture Commission's Summer Art Camp is a fun and creative art enrichment program for ages 6 through 12. The instructor has developed student friendly lessons that change daily but have been differentiated to meet the needs of all students and age levels. A few examples include but are not limited to: learning the color wheel, abstract art, 2D vs 3D art and creating projects from paper jellyfish to shaving cream tie-dye! There will also be a teacher assistant in the classroom daily. A parent/student camp orientation will take place before camp (all registered campers will receive the date) where you can meet the instructor and partake in a Q&A session.
Location: Dunellen Senior Center in Columbia Park
Fee: $120/week
Week 1: August 19 to August 23 from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Week 2: August 26 to August 30 from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Summer Art Camp for Teens
The Dunellen Arts, Inclusion and Culture Commission's Summer Art Camp for Teens will focus on various mediums including acrylic paint on canvas, watercolor painting, clay sculptures and participate in the creation of a new town mural.

Location: Dunellen Senior Center in Columbia Park
Fee: $40/week
Week 1: August 19 to August 23 from 1:00 - 3:00 PM
Week 2: August 26 to August 30 from 1:00 - 3:00 PM

Destroyers Basketball Camp:

The Destroyer Basketball Camp is for children in Kindergarten through 8th grade. Players of all skill levels are welcome - no experience is necessary. Coach Howie Horowitz is the head varsity basketball coach at Dunellen High School and has been organizing and leading this camp for over 10 years. 

Submit payment in full by 5/24/24 and receive a $20 early registration discount. Cash, check or money order (made payable to "Dunellen Recreation") and credit card are accepted. Send payment to Dunellen Recreation, 355 North Ave, Dunellen, NJ 08812. Register on

The gym at John P. Faber School, 400 High St, Dunellen

Monday-Thursday from 9 AM-2 PM
Pick 1, 2 or all 3 weeks!
  • June 17th-20th
  • July 8th-11th
  • July 22nd-25th
1 week of camp: $170
2 weeks of camp: $300 (save $40) | $150/week
3 weeks of camp: $400 (save $110) | $133/week

Dunellen Recreation Jogging Club:

Ages 18 and up. Club members meet every Sunday at 8 AM at Washington Memorial Park. All fitness levels are welcome. 

Registration is required, but is free. Register at:

For registration questions, contact Recreation Program Coordinator at (732) 968-3033, x8 or kseader@dunellenborough. For program questions, please contact Jessica Dunne at .
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