Summer’s in full swing in Union City

See what recreation opportunities the city has to offer

Summer is here and Union City Mayor Brian Stack and the Board of Commissioners continue to schedule events for residents to enjoy.

“I invite you to go out and participate in all the programs, classes, and activities that we have planned for you,” Stack said in a letter to the community regarding recreation offerings. “Join other residents and make new friends while you attend our outdoor concerts and art exhibits, or while participating in the many fitness and wellness activities offered throughout the city. We are always planning new activities and trips for you to enjoy.”

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Recreation opportunities this summer include plenty of fun for adults and youth alike.

“It has been an ongoing priority of mine to offer as many recreation programs as possible for our children,” Stack said. “Giving children the opportunity to participate in recreation gives them a constructive outlet and promotes healthy living.”

For any ideas or suggestions, residents are advised to call the office of Commissioner Lucio Fernandez at 201-348-5746.

Recreational Swimming

The Ron Dario Pool at 219 47th Street is open year-round. Each day the pool is open, residents can enjoy 90 minute sessions.

On Mondays, sessions start at 7 a.m., continuing at 9 a.m., 1 p.m., and 7 p.m. On Wednesdays, sessions start at 7 a.m., continuing at 9 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m., and 5:30 p.m. On Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, sessions start at 7 a.m., continuing at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 7 p.m. On Saturdays, the sessions start at 9 a.m., continuing at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m.

For more information, contact Director Elke Voight at 201-867-4496. Registration is not required.

The Water-Babies Swimming Lessons will take place at the pool year round for those ages 3 months old to 5 years old. For those 3 months old to 2 years old, the sessions are held on Saturdays from 9 to 9:45 a.m. For those 3 to 5 years old, sessions are held on Saturdays from 10 to 10:45 a.m.

Registration is not required, but parents must be in the water with the child. For more information, contact Director Elke Voight at 201-867-4496.

Zumba, Aerobics, and Yoga

Zumba and aerobics takes place at the Bruce D. Walter Recreation Center at 507 West Street year round. The program runs Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 9 p.m., and Saturdays from 9 to 11:30 a.m.

The program is also available for those under 18. Zumba classes for those ages 6 and up take place year round on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 6 to 9 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 to 11:30 a.m. For more information, call Director Yareida Peña at 201-667-3101 or email peña8204@gmail.com.

Wellness Yoga at Ellsworth Park at 24th Street and New York Avenue takes place on Mondays and Wednesday at 6 p.m., Thursdays at 7:15 p.m., and Saturdays at 9:15 a.m. For more information, call Director Mary Trigg at 917-226-7830. The classes are free, and registration is not required. 

Wellness Zumba Full Impact will be held in Duarte Park at 32nd Street and New York Avenue on Mondays and Thursdays at 6 p.m. and Sundays at 9 a.m. For more information, call Director Mary Trigg at 917-226-7830. The classes are free, and registration is not required.

Aerobics for seniors takes place on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 1 to 2 p.m. at the William V. Musto Cultural Center at 420 15th Street. The classes are free and registration is not required. 

Wellness Chair Yoga will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 to 2 p.m. at the William V. Musto Cultural Center at 420 15th Street. For more information, call Director Mary Trigg at 917-226-7830. The classes are free and registration is not required. 

Softball and Baseball

Recreation softball will take place at Washington Park on 2nd Street and Bergenline Avenue for those ages 18 to 20 on Mondays, Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 7:30 to 9 p.m. For the summer and fall, registration runs through August 1. Register at Washington Park of Edison School at 507 West Street on Mondays through Saturdays from 6 to 8 p.m. 

There is a version of this program for those under the age of 18. Those ages 8 to 12 will practice on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays from 5 to 7:30 p.m.; those ages 13 to 18 will practice on those same days from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Registration is open through July, Monday through Saturday from 5 to 9 p.m. at Washington Park or Edison School at 507 West Street. 

Recreation baseball will take place at Washington Park on 2nd Street and Bergenline Avenue for those ages 18 to 20 on Mondays through Saturdays through November. There is a version of this program for those under the age of 18. Practice also runs at the same place on Mondays through Saturdays through November.  

Registration is open until July 13, Mondays through Thursdays from 6 to 8 p.m. at Washington Park or at Edison School at 507 West Street. 

For more information on these programs, call directors José Polanco at 201-772-2428 or Vielka Gonzalo at 201-705-2220. A registration fee will apply at the time of registration.

Volleyball for adults and youth

Recreation volleyball will take place year round at Edison School at 507 West Street and Emerson Middle School at 318 18th Street for those ages 18 to 20. Practice takes place on Mondays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 5 to 10 p.m. Registration is open year round from 6 to 8 p.m. at Edison School. A registration fee will apply at the time of registration. There is a version of this program for those under the age of 18.

Children enjoy recreation volleyball as part of the “Cops Care” recreation program in July of 2020.

Union City Recreational Volleyball for those ages 8 to 18 takes place year round at the Edison School at 507 West Street on Mondays through Saturdays from 5 to 10 p.m. 

Registration is open year round from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Birth certificate, proof of address, and a $35 registration fee is required. The registration fee must be paid via a money order to the City of Union City; no credit cards, personal checks, or cash will be accepted. For more information on the programs, call directors José Polanco at 201-772-2428 or Vielka Gonzalo at 201-705-2220.

Youth Basketball and Youth Soccer 

The Union City Basketball League at the Edison School at 507 West Street is open those ages 4 to 18 year round. Those ages 4 to 15 will participate on Wednesdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 1 to 5 p.m. Those 16 and older will participate on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5 to 9:30 p.m.

Registration is open year round from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Edison School at 507 West Street or Washington Park at 2nd Street and Bergenline Avenue. For more information, call directors José Polanco at 201-772-2428 or Vielka Gonzalo at 201-705-2220. A registration fee will apply at the time of registration.

Union City Travel Soccer runs year round for those ages 8 to 15. Tryouts are at the end of the recreation season; only selected players will join travel teams. For more information, call Directors Jose Renteria at 201-697-2770 or Felix Adames at 201-253-7214. A registration fee will apply at the time of registration.

Union City Top Soccer of children with special needs runs year round. For more information, call coordinator Marcus Lozano at 716-572-2506 or Directors Jose Renteria at 201-697-2770 or Felix Adames at 201-253-7214. There is no registration fee for this program.

Union City Stars FC Soccer Training Program runs year round for those ages 6 to 12 in Washington Park at 2nd Street and New York Avenue. Practice is on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Register at the William V. Musto Cultural Center at 420 5th Street. For more information, call Director Manuel Corales at 201-923-9817.

Young Marines, Sports Mentoring, and Moroccan Arabic

The Union City Young Marines program is open to those ages 8 to 18 at: Union Hill Middle School at 3808 Hudson Avenue on Mondays and Tuesdays from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.; and Emerson Middle School at 318 13th Street on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

For more information, call Gunnery Sergeant Reyes at 201-835-2640. There is no registration fee for this program.

The Union City Sports Mentoring Program is open to those ages 7 to 14. For more information, call Director Michelle Stritch at 201-348-5846. There is no registration fee for this program.

The Art in Our World program will run for those ages 6 and up at the Jose Marti STEM Academy at 1800 Summit Avenue for July and August. Classes run Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8 p.m. and

Saturdays from 12:30 to 3 p.m. To register or for more information, call Lucy Santiago at 973-460-8781. A registration fee will apply at the time of registration.

A Moroccan Arabic language and Cultural Program runs at the William V. Musto Cultural Center at 420 15th Street for those ages 6 to 17 on Saturdays from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. For more information, call Director Khadijah Introna Mouhou at 201-679-8803.

Taekwondo, Judo, and Martial Arts

Recreation taekwondo will take place at the Bruce D. Walter Recreation Center at 5th Street and West Street for adults year round. Practice is on Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Registration is open on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Ages 5 and up will practice on Wednesdays from 6 to 9 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, contact Director Ramon Peña at 201-640-7602.

Recreation judo will take place at Roosevelt Elementary School at 4507 Hudson Street for adults year round. Practice is on Thursdays and Fridays from 7:30 to 9 p.m. For those ages 5 to 10, practice is on Mondays and  Thursdays from 6 to 7 p.m. For those ages 8 to 10, practice takes places on Mondays and Thursdays from 6:45 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. And for those ages 11 and up, practice takes place on Wednesdays and Fridays from 6 to 7:45 p.m.

Registration is open year round on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 6 to 9 p.m. For more information, call Director Pedro Savinovich at 201-713-8336 or email unioncityjudoclub2017@gmail.com.

For the MDW School of Martial Arts, taekwondo training will take place at Sara M. Gilmore Academy at 1600 Kerrigan Avenue for adults year round. Practice takes place on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6 to 8 p.m., and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For those ages 6 and up, practices are on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6 to 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Registration is open Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. For more information, call Director Victor J. Castillo at 201-838-9121. A registration fee will apply at the time of registration.

Non-stop summer fun

Union City’s Summer Fun program for 2022 runs from July 5 to 29, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. It encompasses the Schoolyard Recreation Summer Program at Roosevelt School, Robert Waters School, Washington School, and Edison School, which is free and includes arts and crafts, sports and fitness, music, educational activities, field trips, and more; the Soaring Eagles Co-Ed Basketball program at the Union City High School gym; the Union City Recreational Soccer Camp at the Midtown Athletic Complex. Registration is open from 4 to 8 p.m. at each respective school.

The first of many block parties was held on 7th Street from Central Avenue to Summit Avenue on July 5. The city will hold another block party from 6 to 9 p.m.: on July 12 on 11th Street from Bergenline Avenue to West Street; on July 19 on 23rd Street from Bergenline Avenue to West Street; on July 26 on 8th Street from Palisade Avenue to New York Avenue; on August 9 on Central Avenue from 23rd to 24th Street; on August 16 on 44th Street from New York Avenue to Palisade Avenue; on August 23 on 39th Street from Hudson Avenue to Park Avenue; and on August 30 on 39th Street from Kennedy Boulevard to Bergen Turnpike.

The first Jazz Night at Ellsworth Park at 23rd Street and Palisade Avenue took place on July 6. The next event is: on July 25 at 7 p.m. at Firefighters Memorial Park at 8th Street and Palisade Avenue; on August 17 at 7 p.m. at Washington Park at 2nd Street and New York Avenue; and August 24 at Celia Cruz Park at 31st Street and Bergenline Avenue.

The Theatre Festival in the Park kicked off on July 7 at 7 p.m. in the War Memorial Plaza at 46th Street and Broadway. The festival continues in the same place at the same time each week on: July 14, July 21, July 28, August 4, August 11, August 18, August 25, September 1, and September 9.

Cultural celebrations abound

The Argentinian Flag Raising Ceremony was held at the International Plaza on July 8. More flag raisings planned at the plaza at 38th Street and Palisade Avenue throughout the summer include: the Colombian Flag raising ceremony on July 20 at 12 p.m.; the Peruvian Flag raising ceremony on July 28 at 12 p.m.; the Ukrainian Flag raising ceremony on August 24 at 12 p.m.; the El Salvador Flag raising ceremony on September 15 at 12 p.m.; and the Honduran Flag raising ceremony on September 16 at 12 p.m. There will also be the Pride Day Flag raising ceremony on August 12 at 12 p.m. at Washington Park and Palisade Avenue.

On July 9, the Liquid Vibes DJ Fest kicked off at the War Memorial Plaza at 46th Street and Broadway from 3 to 8 p.m. The festival returns at the same time and place on August 13.

A mini-concert will be held on July at 6 p.m. in Celia Cruz Park at 31st Street and Bergenline Avenue. The concerts continue on: July 18 at 7 p.m. at the War Memorial Plaza at 46th Street and Broadway; July 25 at 6 p.m. at Celia Cruz Park at 31st Street and Bergenline Avenue; August 1 at 7 p.m. at the War Memorial Plaza at 46th Street and Broadway; August 3 at 7 p.m. at Ellsworth Park at 23rd Street and Palisade Avenue; August 8 at 7p.m. Washington Park at New York Avenue and 2nd Street; on August 15 at 6 p.m. at Celia Cruz Park at 31st Street and Bergenline Avenue; August 22 at 7 p.m. at Ellsworth Park at 23rd Street and Palisade Avenue; and on August 29 at 6 p.m. at the Firefighters Memorial Park at 9th Street and Palisade Avenue.

There will be a number of art exhibitions, starting with the Viva Peru Art Exhibition on July 15 at 7 p.m. at the William V. Musto Cultural Center at 420 15th Street. Other upcoming exhibits include: the Moroccan Art Exhibition on July 30 and 31 from 12 to 8 p.m. and another Art Exhibition on September 16 at 7 p.m., both also at the William V. Musto Cultural Center.

There will be a number of cultural festivals, such as the Peruvian Festival on August 7 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on 15th Street from New York Avenue to Bergenline Avenue. The Pride Day Celebration will take place on August 12 from 6 to 9 p.m. on 15th Street from New York Avenue to Bergenline Avenue. The Teba Comedy Fest will take place on September 8 and 9 at 8 p.m., September 10 at 6 p.m., and September 11 at 4 p.m.

Other opportunities available

The National Night Out Against Crime is set for August 2, from 6 to 10 p.m. on New York Avenue from 23rd Street to 29th Street. The End of the Summer Concert will take place on August 26 from 6 to 9 p.m. on Hudson Avenue from 45th to 46th Street. The Patriot’s Day and 9/11 Ceremony will take place on September 11 at 9 a.m. at Liberty Plaza at 31st Street and Palisade Avenue. Lastly, the 6th International Ballet Festival of Union City will be held on September 24 at 7 p.m. on 46th Street and Broadway.

Ceramics for Seniors will take place from Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the William V. Musto Cultural Center at 420 15th Street. Registration is free from Mondays through Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Proof of age over 55 and proof of Union City residency required.

Meals on Wheels for seniors is available Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the William V. Musto Cultural Center at 420 15th Street. Registration is Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Proof of age and Union City residency required.

Amid all the summer fun opportunities, the city is encouraging residents to get vaccinated at local clinics. Clinics are held at the Union City Housing Authority Pavilion at 3911 Kennedy Boulevard on Thursdays from 3 to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and at Mother Seton School at 1501 New York Avenue on Tuesdays and Fridays from 3 to 7 p.m.

No appointment or insurance is required. For more information, call 201-643-0443. The city encourages residents to get vaccinated to keep the community healthy.

For updates on this and other stories, check www.hudsonreporter.com and follow us on Twitter @hudson_reporter. Daniel Israel can be reached at disrael@hudsonreporter.com.

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