Park & Recreation

Park and Recreation Meeting ID for Monday, June 22:  87212887866

Password: 465261

Tonight Meeting Agenda and supporting documents can be found by clicking here.

06/15/2020 - Update:

Over the past week the Park and Recreation Department and Commission have been discussing how both the summer programs and the Pools at Rosemary Recreation Complex will be operating this summer. We do not have final details yet, but our programs and our pools will be operated under the strict guidelines and recommendations of the local and state Board of Health departments. We will post another update as soon as we have any information about hours, programs and registration.

Today we enter the final phase of our field openings. All fields have had proper maintenance and are available for the public to use for PASSIVE recreation. No field permits for organized activities are being issued, the playgrounds and basketball courts in Needham remain closed to the public. As a reminder, fields cannot be used for organized activities without a permit.

The Park and Recreation Commission and Department will be discussing the new protocols at their June 22nd meeting. Over the weekend, our amazing Parks staff was able to install missing Tennis nets and starting tomorrow, Tuesday, June 16th, doubles tennis will be allowed at the public courts. As a reminder, private lessons are not permitted at any of the public tennis courts and tennis badges are required for access.

We thank the community for your continued patience as we determine the best protocols for our Open Spaces and programs with the very new guidance. 

As always – if you have any questions, please feel free to email our office –

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.

06/01/2020 - The Pools at Rosemary Recreation Complex:

At a recent Commission meeting, the Park and Recreation Commission voted to extend the 2020 memberships to include the 2021 pool season. This means that members that are already registered for 2020 memberships will have a valid membership for any season we are able to have this summer as well as a full membership for next summer. The extension is automatic for those that are already registered. Registration for 2020 memberships are still available for purchase online for Needham residents at the 2020 season rates that went into effect on April 16th

Non-Resident membership registration has been suspended at this time. All current members will be emailed directly with options to extend or withdraw.

The Pools at RRC are operated under a permit that is issued by the Needham Public Health Department. Until we know the exact guidelines that need to be met to operate the Pools, we cannot provide a full plan for the Pools. Park and Recreation would love to open this Pools this season and will do whatever we can to open in some capacity for the summer of 2020. Once more guidance is received, we will be issuing a full plan. If you have any questions about your membership to the Pools at Rosemary Recreation Complex, please email

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

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

Click here for PDF of the full reopening plan.

Twitter - Reopening plan Opens in new window

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