Clifton Recreation Department
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Welcome to Clifton Recreation Department

The safety of our community is of utmost importance to the City of Clifton and the Clifton Recreation Department.  In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 and reduce the impact it is having on our residents and the health care system, we are continuing to monitor this evolving public health situation and are modifying the services that the Clifton Recreation Department is providing to our community.  We are following guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control, the State of New Jersey, the office of Governor Murphy and the Clifton Health Department.  With that in mind, Fall activities may look a little different this year, but the Clifton Recreation Department is still committed to creating fun, interesting, and quality experiences for our residents.  Please visit our website,, for a list of our current programs, or our Facebook page,, for program updates.

All City Parks, Tennis Courts, Basketball Courts and Playgrounds are open for active use.  Athletic Field reservations are also being accepted.  Groups are required to follow all guidelines issued by the State of New Jersey.  Please remember that playgrounds are not sanitized daily, so we encourage that all users continue to use hand sanitizer and/or wash their hands both before and after use.

As a reminder to residents, this pandemic is NOT over.  We cannot become complacent, especially as the number of COVID-19 cases continues to increase in other states, and now again in New Jersey.  It is crucial that residents continue to practice these important precautions:
  • Practice handwashing regularly for at least 20 seconds.
  • Always wear a face covering in public settings.
  • Cover your cough and sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the garbage. If a tissue is not available, cough into your elbow or sleeve, not your hand.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Stay home, especially when you are sick, and avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Keep a distance of at least 6 feet or more with other people.
  • Avoid unnecessary physical contact, such as handshaking.
  • Avoid attending crowded events and social gatherings. Consider replacing in-person gatherings with video chatting, voice messaging and phone calls.
Clifton Skatezone
For information about the Clifton Skatezone, visit  To fill out on online waiver, first make sure to have an account on our website and then visit Please note that new accounts are usually approved within one business day (during regular business hours).
Who We Are
The Clifton Recreation Department is a branch of the City of Clifton designated to service the recreation, health and fitness needs of the community.  Over the years we have increased and improved the park infrastructure, increased the quantity and quality of our programs, won several Awards.  We provide areas of play at our 39 parks encompassing over 210 acres.  The programs provided by the Department are available for preschool through senior citizens and encompass: educational, cultural, social, leadership, athletic, fitness, citizenship, and volunteer opportunities.  Each year our department creates a motto for that represents our recreation goals for the whole year. The 2020 Motto is… "A 20/20 Vision for Clifton". Here is a note from the Recreation Supervisor Debbie Oliver. 

Our Mission
The mission of the Clifton Recreation Department is to provide the community with a wide variety of youth, adult and family activities that offer our citizens the opportunity to use personal leisure time in a viable, productive and gratifying manner at various facilities that provide both active and passive atmospheres while maintaining historical and environmental awareness. 

Our Brand - Follow Us To Fun
Become a part of the Clifton Recreation Department family by becoming a sponsor

Our Staff
The Department Staff place both the concerns of the parks system and the programming of unique and quality programs at the forefront of our priorities. Although we have achieved many accomplishments, what we are most proud of is gaining the support & admiration of the citizens of our community. Each month the Board of Recreation holds a meeting to discuss and act on issues affecting the delivery of recreation and parks to the community. The Clifton Recreation also has various part time employment and volunteer opportunities.

Join The Fun - Register Now!
To get started, please Create an Account with all your household information. Only one household per account and accounts must be created by an adult / parent (for minors).  Account approvals will only take place Monday - Friday, excluding holidays, during regular business hours. When you’re ready to start registering for activities, be sure to review the How to Register for an Activity page. You may register and pay online with your credit card or print a registration form and mail it or bring it to the office with payment.

For additional information such as refunds, cancellations, waiting lists, photo policy, gift cards, etc. Click Here.

Other Services
For other information on services such as park permits, equipment rentals, facility rentals. Click Here

Affiliated Programs
Clifton has many wonderful programs to offer that are affiliated with the Clifton Recreation Department. Check out the Affiliates page to learn about these organizations. Also the gallery will have any upcoming events connected with, but not run by the Clifton Recreation Department.