Park & Recreation

07/2/2020 - Update:

UPDATE: The Pools at Rosemary Recreation Complex

The Pools at Rosemary Recreation Complex will open the last week of July for Needham residents only. The Pools will be open from Tuesday – Sunday with specific time slots available. Preregistration will be required for each time slot. During this season, the diving board, slides, and spray deck will remain closed. Food will not be permitted in the facility and there will be no vending machine items or ice cream available for purchase.

Registered participants should arrive in their swimwear and be prepared to take a cleansing shower at one of our outdoor shower towers. The larger locker rooms and bath houses will not be available. The family restrooms will be open for use this season. Face coverings will be required for entry and must be worn at all time while not in the water.

Members of the Pools at Rosemary Recreation Complex will have first access to register for time slots and pay no additional fees to reserve a time slot. Non-Members will have access to available spots after the initial ’Members only’ period and pay a fee of $5.00 per person entering the facility, regardless of age. Preregistration is required. The reservation must list every person that will be attending during the registered time slot and photo id will be checked during check in.

Lap swim and water walking will be available Tuesday – Friday in 60-minute time slots; 7:00am – 8:00am, 8:30am – 9:30am, 10:00am – 11:00am and 11:30am – 12:30pm. Each time slot will have 8 spots available for lap swim and 2 spots available for water walking. During these time slots, only one swimmer per lane will be allowed to register. Any person under the age of 16 will have to be accompanied by a non-swimming adult.

Family swim will be available Tuesday – Sunday in 90-minute time slots; 1:30pm – 3:00pm, 3:30pm- 5:00pm and 5:30pm – 7:00pm. Each time slot will have 12 available pods. Each pod will have a preassigned seating area on the tiers and preassigned swimming area in the Pools. Pods will be limited to families that reside in the same household, up to 6 members. Families that have more than 6 members within their household will need to contact the Park and Recreation Department once their time slot has been booked. All patrons under 16 must be accompanied with at least one adult, while in the facility.

Registration for time slots will open mid-July. Season membership registration will end on Friday, July 10th at 5pm. Any membership purchased for the 2020 season will also be valid for the 2021 year.

Park and Recreation has worked closely with the Needham Public Health Department to ensure all state guidance is met to operate safely. Cleaning times for the facility have been built in between each time slot. The full extent of protocols and procedures that will be followed this summer will be posted on the Park and Recreation website ( soon.

UPDATE: Summer Program

A new and exciting program call Summer Recess will be offered in-person for Needham Residents and children who attended public school in Needham the weeks of July 20th, July 27th, August 3rd, and August 10th. Programs will be held Monday – Friday from 9:00am – 1:00pm at three school sites in Needham (Eliot, Broadmeadow, and Newman). There will be 9 groups of no more than 10 (up to 90 spots total) each week. Program will be primarily outdoors with indoor space available for inclement weather.  Residents will be limited to one week of programming per child this summer. Summer Recess will be available for rising 1st graders – rising 7th graders. The fee for a weekly session will be $150.00 per participant. Families that are eligible for fee assistance should contact the Park and Recreation office via email ( for details on how they can register for a week of programming.

The registration timelines will be as follows:

Week of:

Registration Start Date

Registration End Date

July 20th

July 8th at 9:00am

July 15th at 5:00pm

July 27th

July 15th at 9:00am

July 22nd at 5:00pm

August 3rd

July 22nd at 9:00am

July 29 at 5:00pm

August 10th

July 29th at 9:00am

August 5th at 5:00pm

As with all programs run by Park and Recreation, the safety of our residents, participants and staff are a primary focus. Park and Recreation has worked closely with the Needham Public Health Department to ensure all state guidance is met to operate safely. Face covering and social distance guidelines will be followed as per the Needham Board of Health. All participants will be required to bring a face covering with them daily to attend and cannot attend if they are showing any symptoms of coronavirus. There will be a slightly staggered drop-off and pick-up time for each group. Once the program begins, the groups cannot be changed, and participants cannot be moved from group to group or from site to site. Siblings must be registered for the same group and families that want to attend together must register for the same group. The full extent of protocols and procedures that will be followed this summer will be posted on the Park and Recreation website ( soon.

Park and Recreation will also host some virtual programs as well. Be on the lookout for our upcoming virtual program survey!

06/01/2020 - Summer Aquatic Programs:

It is with deep regret that we inform you that, after extended meetings and conversations, we have concluded that we must cancel all our aquatic-based programs. This includes Sharks Swim Team, Swim Lessons & Sunset Yoga. We understand this is a great disappointment to everyone but probably not unexpected.

The Town of Needham’s Park & Recreation Department is driven by the safety of our members, patrons, residents, and staff. COVID-19 is creating so much uncertainty throughout our country and our region, we cannot in good conscience take even a small chance that you or your family members could become exposed to this virus. Our aquatic-based programs cannot ensure enough physical distancing and we have made the difficult decision to cancel.

For those that are already registered for aquatics programming this summer, you were emailed directly with the options for withdrawing from these programs. If you have any questions about your specific registration, please email

05/26/2020 - In-person appointments with Park and Recreation

The Park and Recreation Office will be open to the public June 1, 2020 by appointment only

Individuals wishing to make appointments for in-person service can email or call the Park and Recreation office to schedule an appointment. Because we continue to operate with some employees working from home as the state has required, if you are unable to reach us, please leave a voicemail and we will call you back as soon as possible. Our number is 781-455-7930. 

Registrations can be mailed to the Park and Recreation office or dropped in the drop box by the front door at the Rosemary Recreation Complex (RRC) or at Town Hall on Garrity Way.

The mailing address for the Park and Recreation office is: 178 Rosemary Street, Needham, MA 02494.

05/23/20 - Public Tennis Courts, Parks and Field

Click here for PDF of the full reopening plan.

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During Phase 1 the following areas and services will be reopened with specific guidelines for each area and service outlined below:

  • Public Tennis Courts with limited play
  • DeFazio Athletic Track
  • Athletic Fields and Parks for passive, no contact, recreation

During Phase 1 the following areas and services will not be reopened or permitted:

  • Playgrounds
  • Basketball Courts
  • Permitted Gatherings or Organized sports and activities
  • Spray Deck
  • The Pools at the Rosemary Recreation Complex
  • The multi-purpose room at the Rosemary Recreation Complex

Residents of Needham should wear a face covering outside when 6 feet of social distancing cannot be achieved. Park Bathrooms will not be opened during phase 1.

04/28/2020 - Spring Programs:
As of April 28, all spring programming has either been refunded or credited to your Park and Recreation Account. Credits can be applied to any future programming that Park and Recreation hosts. If you have any questions regarding your refund or credit please email We are still in the process of responding to some questions that have been sent in the past week and we will get back to everyone as soon as possible. The following Spring programs have been cancelled:

  • Floor Hockey - Spring Session
  • Adult Yoga - Spring Session (Mondays and Wednesdays)
  • Breathe to Stretch and Unwind - Spring Session
  • Dance to Stretch and Unwind - Spring Session
  • Senior Yoga - Spring Session
  • Senior Exercise - Spring Sessions (Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays)
  • Introduction to Musical Theater 1 & 2 with Needham Community Theater
  • Provocative Plays with Needham Community Theater
  • Teen Spring Workshop with Needham Community Theater
  • Kids Night Out April (4/3) and May (5/1)
  • LEGO Make It Take It Challenge April (4/5) and May (5/17)
  • Needham 1775 Walk
  • April Vacation - Spring Dayz
  • April Vacation - Thundercats Sports Jam
  • April Vacation - LEGO Master Builders
  • April Vacation - American Girl Create & Play
  • Adult Outdoor Tennis - Spring Session
  • Early Release Day - (5/6)
  • Plugged In Open Mic Night (5/8)
  • Early Release Day (5/20)
  • Early Release Day (6/3)
  • Senior Golf League - Spring/Summer Session

2020 Summer Registration

Summer Program Registration BEGAN on:

Wednesday, March 25th at 9:00AM

Ways to register:
- Register online
- Register in-person at the Park and Recreation Office (178 Rosemary Street)
- Register by mail:
Mail your registration form and payment (Check, Visa, MasterCard, Discover) to:
Park and Recreation
178 Rosemary Street
Needham, MA 02494

2020 Summer Brochure

TSummer 2020_Page_01he 2020 Summer Brochure (PDF) is the complete listing of all programs that Park and Recreation will offer this Fall at locations throughout Needham.

Please use a Registration Form (PDF) if you are planning on registering in-person or by mail.

The Park and Recreation Department no longer mails a paper brochure to every residence in Needham, and will only print a limited number of the brochures each season. Printed brochures will be available at the Park and Recreation Office, the Town Managers Office in Town Hall, the Needham Public Library, the Police Department-Dispatch Desk and The Center at the Heights.
View the archive of past brochures, and select the season/year you would like to view.

Park and Recreation on Social Media!

Like us on Facebook - Town of Needham - Park and Recreation or Rosemary Recreation Complex - Rosemary Pool.

Follow Needham P&R on Instagram and on Twitter!

See what we are up to on YouTube!

  • The 2012 Summer Program Staff went with the popular idea of creating a video to a very famous song as a way to welcome participants and their families to the summer:
    View the Summer Program Staff video 
  • The 2012 Rosemary Pool staff decided to create a video of memorable moments from the past season as a fun way to wind down and reflect on all the fun of the summer:
    View the Rosemary Pool Staff video