Recreation Department – Summer Program 2019

The beach is scheduled to open to the public for swimming from noon to 6 PM daily beginning Saturday, June 29th. There is no fee.
The beach will be closing for the 2019 season on Sunday, August 18th at 6 pm.
There is no swimming when a certified Town of Chatham Lifeguard is not on duty.
Please call the park office at 518-392-0337 for any questions.

Crellin Park Summer Day Camp for Youth 

Registration: In person

Town of Chatham Residents: Wednesday, May 29th (Must bring proof of residency)

Non- Town of Chatham Residents: Thursday, May 30th 

Both evenings -6:00pm @ Morris Memorial – 21 Park Row Chatham 


Registration is served on a first come first serve basis.  Enrollment is not guaranteed.


Fees for Crellin Summer Day Camp increased beginning in the summer of 2018.  The Town of Chatham has increased fees to help fund our successful youth summer camp and assist with increasing costs associated with staffing our program.  

Financial Assistance

The Recreation Commission has created a non-profit organization to help families affected by this increase.  Our non-profit organization is known as CARP – Chatham Area Recreation Project.  Anyone can fill out an application regardless of the Municipality you reside in and which fees apply to you.  We have had great success in raising funds to support families affected by our summer camp’s fee increase.  Please follow the link below to view CARP’s needs-based financial assistance form and detailed information surrounding how and when to apply.

Crellin camp fin. assist.application.2019

Fees for the 2019 Crellin Park Summer Day Camp for Youth:

Town of Chatham Residents:

Summer Day Camp (6 weeks) – $125.00 per child (Approximately $4.31 per day/ $.72 per hour)

American Red Cross Swimming lessons (3 Week session) – $50.00 per child (Approximately $3.33 per lesson)


Out of Town Residents (Paying taxes to municipalities other than Chatham):

**This includes Village of Chatham residents who pay taxes to the Town of Ghent** – different from previous seasons.**

Summer Day Camp (6 weeks) – $250.00 per child (Approximately $8.50 per day/ $1.44 per hour)

American Red Cross Swimming lessons (3 Week session) – $75.00 per child (Approximately $5.00 per lesson)

Crellin Park Summer Recreation Program 2019 season

Summer Registration 2019

 Hard copies will also be available on the day of registration.  

The Town of Chatham Summer Recreation Program for Youth operates at Crellin Community Park each summer Monday through Friday.  The program will begin on Monday July 8th, 2019 and continue until August 16th, 2019.  The program operates from 9 AM to 3 PM. 

Registration for the summer program is in person and will take place on:

Wednesday, May 29th for TOWN OF CHATHAM RESIDENTS from 6:00pm – 7:30pm at the Morris Memorial – 21 Park Row, Chatham.

Thursday, May 30th for NON – TOWN OF CHATHAM RESIDENTS from 6:00pm – 7:30pm at the Morris Memorial – 21 Park Row, Chatham.


Program enrollment is not guaranteed and registrations are accepted on a first come – first serve basis.

*Parents must bring proof of immunization records and proof of residency.
Registrations will NOT be accepted without these records.*

The Morning and Afternoon Enrichment Program begins at 9 AM and ends at 3 PM Monday through Friday.  Children are split into various age groups:  4 to 5 yrs, 6 to 7 yrs, 8 to 9 yrs and ten and up.  Each group is supervised by trained camp counselors in various activities at the park.  Arts and crafts, recreational games, swimming, sports, tennis lessons, and lots of other fun activities will be offered – including programs at the Children’s Garden in the Chatham Community Garden.

Certified lifeguards teach American Red Cross Swim lessons from 10 am to 11 am and from 11 am to 12 noon, Monday through Friday within two three-week sessions.  Session 1: July 8th – July 26th.  Session 2: July 29th – August 16th.  Children of age 2 and older are encouraged to sign up, as six levels of swim instruction are offered.  Following each 3-week session, participants will be given either a certificate of completion or an ARC certification card that graduates the participant to the next swim level.

COST:  Morning and Afternoon Enrichment Program:$125.00 for Town of Chatham residents.  $250.00 for out of town residents (including Village of Chatham residents paying taxes to the Town of Ghent).   ARC Swim Lessons:  $50.00 for Town of Chatham residents.  $75.00 for campers residing outside of the Town of Chatham/ paying taxes to another municipality (including Village of Chatham residents paying taxes to the Town of Ghent).  

The Chatham Children’s Gardening program takes place on Monday/Wednesday and Fridays for children 9 to 12 and on Tuesdays and Thursdays for children 5 to 8 years old.  There will be two time slots for each age group beginning at 10:00am and 11:00am at Chatham Children’s Garden located in Crellin Park. The program is a six-week “hands-on” program that encourages healthy eating habits while learning to grow and harvest vegetables, herbs and flowers..     COST: $50.00

USTA Tennis Lessons are available for 4 weeks this summer for participants interested in learning fundamentals as beginners or for those looking to improve their knowledge and skill in our intermediate / advanced lessons.  Lessons will be taught on M,W,F during morning hours.       COST: $30.00

High Tech Citizen Science,  4-H program.  “Youth will get a chance to get outside and learn about nature through observation and data collection. Who knew electronic gadgets can actually teach us about science? This program will show youth how to use IPads, GPS units and even trail cams to gather information that they can share with professional scientists.”

(August 5th – August 9th – 11am-12pm)           Limited to 12 participants – must be 7 years old

COST: $20.00



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