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Garden City Recreation & Parks Department News: August 21, 2014

Fall Roller Hockey Programs Announced

The Garden City Recreation and Parks Department will once again offer various roller hockey programs this fall for both youth & adults who reside in the Inc. Village of Garden City. Whether you played in the past or looking to get involved, there is no better time to sign up and experience all the fun. All programs take place at the roller rink located at Community Park. Please note at this time, the recreation department is just announcing its programs. Fees and registration information will be announced at a later date.

This season, the roller hockey programs are broken down into grades. Please pay careful attention as grades and dates/times have changed:

Each participant is required to wear full equipment at all times. This includes hockey helmet with a cage, hockey gloves, shin pads, elbow pads, roller blades, hockey stick, long pants, and a protective cup.

A description of each program we will offer is as follows:

Kindergarten Learn And Play Clinic

No experience is required in hockey or roller skating. This hour-long clinic will introduce the sport of roller hockey and all the basic fundamentals in a fun and safe environment. The program will take place Sunday afternoons at 1:45 p.m. beginning Sept. 7.

1st Grade Pee Wee Division

This beginner program will continue to develop young players through drills and scrimmages. This hour-long program will take place Sunday afternoons at 3 p.m. beginning Sept. 7.

2nd And 3rd Grade Mites Division

Games will take place on Sunday late afternoons with either a 4:30 or 5:45 p.m. game time depending on your child’s team schedule. Season begins on Sept.7.

4th And 5th Grade Junior Division

Games will take place on Friday afternoons with either a 4 or 5:30 p.m. game time depending on your child’s team schedule. Season begins on Sept. 5.

Middle School (6th, 7th, & 8th Grade) Senior Division

Games will take place on Friday evenings with either a 6:45 or 8 p.m. game time depending on your child’s team schedule. Season begins on Sept. 5.

** New ** High School (9th, 10th, & 11th Grade)

Calling all high schoolers interested in playing some hockey. Please note in order for this program to occur, the recreation department needs at least 20 participants to register ahead of its scheduled first session.

Games will take place on Friday evenings at 9:15 p.m. Games are in “pick up” format. This eight-week program will begin on Sept. 5.

Adult Division For 30 & Over

Games will take place on Sundays at 7 p.m. Games are in “pick up” format. This program will begin on Sept. 7.

For further information please contact the recreation department at 516-465-4075 or stop by the offices at 108 Rockaway (Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)

Amusement Park Tickets

The Garden City Recreation Department will this year again be offering discount tickets to area amusement parks. Tickets can be purchased at the recreation office at 108 Rockaway Ave. Cash or check will be accepted for payment. These very popular discounted tickets are for:

Gate Price and Discounted Price

Splish Splash Water Park $41 $34

Splish Splash — under 48 inches $31 $27

Six Flags Great Adventure and Safari (Jackson, NJ) $66.99 $37

(under 54”) $39.99

Great Escape/Splashwater Kingdom (Lake George, NY) $58.85 $38

Hershey Park — 48 inches or over $60.80 $47

Hershey Park — under 48 inches and age 55 and over $38.80 $36

Dorney Park — 48 inches or over $55.99 $38

Dorney Park Junior — under 48” or age 62 and over $32.99 $31

Morey’s Pier (Wildwood, NJ) — 48 inches and over $75 $58

Morey’s Pier — under 48” $57 $45

To register for any of the above programs for find out further information about openings, please visit for an application or the recreation office at 108 Rockaway Ave.

From the Garden City Recreation Department



The Garden City Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for the 35th annual Fall Festival Street Fair set for Saturday, Oct. 25 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Seventh Street. The chamber thanks the Garden City Hotel which will serve as the primary event sponsor.

JGS entertainment will return for the 16th year as master ceremonies providing music and vocals. There will be plenty of activities for the kids. Included will be the return of the two trackless trains carrying children 12 years of age and younger up and down Seventh Street sponsored by Coach Realtors and Garden City Teachers Association. There will be the traditional inflatable bouncy house sponsored by SMPL Technologies and the ever-popular money cube sponsored by Calogero’s and Leo’s. The Garden City Parks and Recreation Department will have giveaways and temporary tattoos.

Ever since the Garden City School District passed a $36.8 million School Investment Bond back in 2009, the upgrades throughout the district have been quite substantial. And while most of it has gone towards infrastructure, external visible improvements have rightfully been a source of pride for the board, which has taken to conducting tours at the different schools preceding the monthly public meetings that are normally held at Garden City High School. On the night of the school board meeting held on Tuesday, Oct. 14  at the Homestead Building, the school board, administration and Superintendent Dr. Robert Feirsen went on a guided tour of the building by Homestead Principal Dr. Suzanne Viscovich.

Feirsen described the tour as a new tradition started last year where administration travels around each of the district’s school buildings in the Fall to observe its current offerings and recent upgrades.



With the fall sports season upon us, the department of recreation and parks would like to remind all residents that pets are not allowed in any neighborhood parks, Community Park, or St. Paul’s fields. Non compliance with this rule will result in the issuance of appearance tickets.

Register For The Online Registration Option

Garden City’s Department of Recreation and Parks will offer the option of online registration with credit card payment beginning with its winter programs in early December.

In order for a family to use the online registration option, the family will first need to visit the recreation and parks office at 108 Rockaway Ave. to verify residency and their family information and receive their password.  A list of instructions as to how to use the website will be included.

Stretching tips for the high school athlete

Prior to the start of high school running season, Garden City’s Physical Therapy Options (PTO) had an opportunity to provide a presentation to members of Sacred Heart Academy’s cross country team. Team members gathered at Garden City’s New York Running Company to learn strategies and tips for a successful fall season.

PTO staff members Dr. Meghan Goetz, Doctor of Physical Therapy, and PTO Aide Mike Murphy discussed the importance of stretching to prevent injury and provided strategies and tips for success for the high school runner.


Garden City High School Homecoming

Saturday, October 25

Marvelous Movie Matinée

Monday, October 27

A Map Of Artistic Inspiration

Saturday, November 1


1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller,

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry,

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller,