05/08/2020 - Summer Programs:
We are still in the process of contacting everyone that was registered for our first week of summer programs that was scheduled to begin prior to July 1st.

The Public Health Department released the following guidance for Summer Camps on April 27th: Needham Public Health is postponing summer camps scheduled to occur in Needham through June 30, 2020. Until guidance is provided by the State, the Needham Public Health will make future decisions about camps on a month to month basis. Information about July camps will be made available by June 1st, or as soon as possible. 

Park and Recreation will continue to follow the guidance from the Needham Public Health Department and will update all participants of our programs as soon as more information become available. If you have questions about your registration for a program that will begin after July 1st, please email

04/28/2020 - Spring Programs:
As of April 28th, in accordance with the Governor’s continued stay-at-home advisory, 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 (4/5)
  • 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)

04/28/2020 - Summer Volunteer Program:
While the schools have received guidance from the Governor, we are still waiting on recommendations from the Governor, the CDC, and the Needham Public Health Department regarding our summer programming and the Pools at the Rosemary Recreation Complex. 

To that end, our 2020 Summer Volunteer registration will be POSTPONED until further notice. Once we receive more guidance, we will notify the resident of Needham. 

The Park and Recreation team feels that postponing the registration for this program is in the best interest of the participants of our programs, our staff and our volunteers.

We at Park and Recreation hope that all of our families and friends in Needham are doing well and staying healthy.

Should you have any questions, please email

Stay well everyone –

Your Park and Recreation Team

General Program 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. Note: No telephone or faxed registrations are accepted anytime.

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.

Age of Participants
Participants must be the noted age by the first day of the session in which they are enrolled. 

Birth Certificates
Birth Certificates are required for all participants. A birth certificate must be registered at Park and Recreation Office (178 Rosemary Street) prior to the program start date for registration to be complete. No Birth Certificates can be taken at the program.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.

Drop-off and Pick-up
All program directions will include general directions to program check-in. It is imperative that participants be picked up and dropped off on time. Please do not arrive early for drop-off, or late for pick-up as staff is not on duty. Always sign in and out with program staff when dropping off and picking up participants. 

Please send a note to the program if different arrangements will be made for pick-up of your child. Thank you!

Program Notifications
Register for automatic program change/cancellation e-mail or text notification by signing up for "Recreation Information" under "Notify Me" on When in doubt, call (781) 455-7930. Like us on Facebook ( and follow us on Twitter (@needhampandr) for cancellations as well as other important information.

Emergency Info
Make sure all Emergency Contact and Medical Information for your child is included at time of registration. Staff is not trained to administer medication (except Epi-Pens and Inhalers). Medical Form must be completed by parent and submitted to the Park and Recreation Office before leaving any child at a program with an Epi-Pen or Inhaler. A downloadable version of the Required Medical Form can be found online at First Aid is always available on site. On-site telephone is available to staff members for emergency purposes only. If you need to contact the program, please call the Park and Recreation Office at (781) 455-7930. We will get that message to the program as soon as possible.

Never hesitate to speak to a program instructor if you have any questions or concerns about the program. More serious matters should be directed to the Park and Recreation Office at (781) 455-7930.

Program Changes / Switches
Call 781-455-7930, or stop by the office during office hours (Monday to Friday, 8:30am - 5:00pm). 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.

Needham Park and Recreation has a NO REFUND POLICY. Questions regarding this policy may be directed in writing to the Chairman of the Park and Recreation Commission to be reviewed at their next meeting.

Non-Residents may register the Wednesday before a program begins if space is available, unless otherwise noted.

Financial Assistance
Financial Assistance is available to Needham residents only. Please call 781-455-7930 for more information. Participants receiving financial assistance must register in person or by mail.

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.