Registration Policies

All programs are offered to Needham residents on a first come, first served basis, which include students in the Needham Public Schools Metco Program.


  • Registration Limits - See individual program descriptions for specific limits and staff to participant ratios. The Commission reserves the right to cancel classes when registration numbers are too low.
  • Non-Residents - May register the Wednesday before a program begins if space is available, unless otherwise noted.
  • Age of Participants - Participants must be the noted age by the first day of the session in which they are enrolled. Birth certificates are required for all children 5 and under. Bring a copy to the Park and Recreation Office to have it recorded. This is a one-time only requirement. Registrations are not complete without birth certificate. If born while living in Needham, parents / guardians can obtain copies at the Needham Town Clerk's Office.
  • Program Changes / Switches - Call 781-455-7550, press 3, or stop by the office during office hours (Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.). Changes can only be made if space is available. Additional payments may be required for program changes. Full payment must be sent to the office within 48 hours. If the amount required is less then the initial payment the amount will be credited to your account and can be used at any time for any program for any member of the family.
    • The Park and Recreation Commission has a no refund policy, unless the activity is canceled by the department. Questions on this policy may be sent in writing to the commission.
  • Financial Assistance - Available to Needham residents only. Please call 781-455-7550, press 3 for more information. Participants receiving financial assistance must register in person or by mail as the online option is unavailable at this time.
  • Special Needs Programming - A wide variety of activities are planned by the Charles River Center. Email Kelly Atkins, Family Support Program Coordinator. She can be reached at 781-972-1060.
  • Trust Fund for Parks - Make a donation on your registration form or write a separate check in honor of your favorite park. All gifts will be placed in the Trust Fund for Parks, and will be used for park improvements. Call 781-455-7550, press 3 for more details.

Note: No telephone or faxed registrations are accepted anytime.