Recreation Department – Summer Program

The beach is scheduled to open to the public for swimming from noon to 6 PM daily beginning Saturday, June 24th. There is no fee.
The beach will be closing for the 2017 season on Sunday, August 20st 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.

NOTICE: Fishing is allowed at the Crellin Park pond, however, we ask that you do NOT fish for the Triploid Grass Carp that are in the pond. According to the NYS DEC website, “It is prohibited to possess grass carp without a permit. Anglers who may by ochance catch a grass carp should immediately return it to the water unharmed.” The carp are there to eat the weeds that grow in the pond. Please also note: Fishing is also NOT allowed from the beach area of the pond. Please use the grassy areas around the pond that are not near the beach. This is to cut down on incidences of hooks and fishing line getting caught in areas where swimming is allowed when the beach is open. Fishing licenses may be obtained at the Chatham Town Hall during Town clerk hours or online at the DEC website. Please see the NYS DEC website at

Crellin Park Summer Recreation Program 2017 season.

Summer Registration Form 2017

The Town of Chatham Summer Recreation Program for Youth operates at Crellin Community Park each summer Monday through Friday.  The program will begin on Wednesday July 5th, 2017 and continue until August 11th, 2017.  The program operates from 9 AM to 3 PM.  Registration for the summer program is in person and will take place on Monday, June 5th from 5:00pm – 7:00pm.

Program enrollment is not guaranteed and registrations are accepted on a first come – first serve basis.  If you are not able to attend please contact the Recreation Director, Michael West. (518) 392-0337.

*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 5th – July 21st.  Session 2: July 24th – August 11th.  Children of all ages 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.  $40.00 for first child/ $35.00 for each additional child.

COST:  Morning and Afternoon Enrichment Program: $85.00/$75.00 for Town and Village of Chatham residents.  $175.00/ $165.00 for out of town residents.   ARC Swim Lessons:  $40.00 for first child/ $35.00 for each additional child.

Payment by cash or check is acceptable and scholarships for those in financial need are available by contacting the office of the recreation department at 392-0337.  Full and partial scholarships are available by contacting our office.

The 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 Community Garden located in Crellin Park. The program, taught by garden educator, Cait Denny, is a six-week “hands-on” program that encourages healthy eating habits while learning to grow and harvest vegetables, herbs and flowers.

Childrens Garden Summer Camps will be hosted both the week before and the week after the Summer Recreation Program. The Super Natural Camp will run from June 26th – July 30th.  Students who participate will experience the secrets of garden by making medicines, singing to vegetables, and wearing flowers.  The Harvest Camp will occur during the week of August 14th – 18th.  Participants of this camp will preserve the year’s bounty making pickles, pressing flowers, and saving seeds.  Camps are held at Crellin Park and each cost $300.00 with sliding scale options available.  Each camp runs from 8:30am – 4:00pm with aftercare available until 5:30pm ($50.00 required for the week).  For me information or to register please contact

USTA Tennis Lessons:  Information coming soon.



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