Spring Recreation Events in Chester
Star Gazing Party

Friday, April 21st8:00-9:00 pm
Join Chester Recreation as we learn about the stars and view the night sky through some amazing telescopes provided by the New Jersey Astronomical Association. This e vent will take place on the hill behind the Barn at Highlands Ridge Park, 100 North Rd., Chester.
This is a free event with free refreshments. You may bring your own telescope, or use those provided. 
Participants are asked to register each family member attending the event. Registrants will be notified by email in the event of poor viewing conditions or inclement weather, so check your email before coming out to the event.
Event provided in cooperation with the Chester Municipal Alliance, GACADA, Chester Recreation, and NJAA.
April Art Classes in Chester

Walk-in art students are welcome! Please join us!

Acting Class for Teens

Join Chester Recreation along with local actor, Vince Bandille, for an exciting five week acting program this spring. This acting program is specifically for teens ages 12-19 and runs  May 1-June 5th with a performance finale taking place on Friday June 9th. Please note that class does not meet on  Monday May 29th

Program meets Mondays  6:30-8:30pm at the Highlands Ridge Barn, 100 North Rd., Chester. Fee $99

This program is geared for all level actors and those who are curious about acting. Expect to learn all about the following:
  • What is acting, and what is all this talk about Method acting? 
  • How to break down a scene, as well as proper blocking and movement techniques for dramatic effects. 
  • How to build a character, and bring a scripted character to life as well as trusting your instincts as an actor, and more!
Registration required for this program as space is limited. 
Spring Photo Contest

Aspiring photographers, it's time to enter the 'Chester In Spring' photo contest.  Snap any photo taken in Chester this springtime and e-mail it to recreation@chesterborough.org to enter . The photo with the most combined likes on Chester Township Borough Facebook pages will win $25. One photo entry per person; open to all ages who are residents of Chester. Contest runs  March 1 - May 31 . Submit your photo early for the most likes. Voting open to all. Photos become the property of Chester Recreation.
Spring Tennis Classes 

Please see the  US Sports Institute website  for information  regarding weather alerts and rain make-up policy. 

Adult Foundation Tennis:  9:30-10:30 am 
Adult Development Tennis:  10:45-11:45 am 
Youth Foundation Tennis, ages 5-7:  4:00-5:00 pm 
Youth Foundation Tennis, ages 8-10: 5:00-6:00 pm
Youth Development Tennis, ages 11-14: 6:00-7:00 pm 

To register or for more info, please visit 
Join Community Gardening in Chester

Chester has a 120-plot community garden where you can grow organic vegetables, fruits, and flowers in a sunny, fenced location.  The Chester Community  Garden is located at Highlands Ridge Park,  100 North Road, Chester. It is open from spring until fall, and gives gardeners access to soil, compost, water, tools, and full sun. To  rent a plot, or to learn more,  click here . Plots are rented on a first come, first served basis. Open to residents and non-residents alike. 

Chester Rec Summer Day Camp- registration now open to non-residents

Chester Township Recreation sponsors a popular Summer Day Camp for children ages 1st-8th grade and is open to residents and non-residents alike. The camp runs for 6 weeks beginning  July 5 through Aug 11, 2017. Children enjoy and rotate through a variety of supervised activities each week including: sports, team building & outdoor games, arts & crafts, swimming, and music & theatre. In addition, children will experience themed weekly entertainment and dynamic weekly field trips. Children will also participate in an old fashioned weekly talent show that all are invited to attend  on Friday afternoon each week.

Camp operates  9am-3pm  Monday through  Friday. Your convenience is in mind with our extended care program to lengthen the camp day fun. Our extended care program is offered from  8-9am and  3-6pm; additional fees apply for this service.  Kindly register & pay for any before or after care at our weekly camp sign in with our camp directors at first day of camp.

Camp fees are $200 per week per child. Priority registration for Chester residents was offered 3/13/17 - 4/3/17. Non-residents registration is now open. Space is limited. $50 late fee will be applied to all registrations and unpaid balances after  5/15/17.  There are no refunds for camp.

Have questions? Please call  908-879-5100 x825 or e-mail  recreation@chesterborough.org

To register, please visit  https://register.communitypass.net/chestertwp
& select Spring 2017 Season.
Free Guided Chester History Hike

Saturday, June 3rd, 9 am

Meet up corner of Tanner's Brook Rd & Furnace Road Chester

Join Chester Recreation, the Chester Historical Society, and Chester Trails as they present a free guided hike on  Saturday, June 3rd in celebration of National Trails Day. The hike will be led by the knowledgable local historian and avid hiker, Bruce Clark, and will take place on the Patriots' Path white blaze trail segment that runs between Furnace Road and Tanners Brook Road.  Participants should park in the parking lot at the corner of Furnace Road and Tanners Brook Road, which is marked with a 'Hunter's Parking' sign.  The hike will begin in the parking lot at  9:00 am, and will be about a mile and a half in total length over generally pleasant terrain. 
All attendees should wear sturdy shoes since several stretches of the trail have exposed rocks and pass over piles of sharp-edged slag from the furnace operation.  Bug spray would also be helpful given several nearby stretches of swampy ground. The hike is appropriate for all ages and open to all in the community. 
The trail walk will go alongside of the site of the historic Chester Furnace, a state-of-the-art facility from the late 1800's that processed ore from local mines into rectangular ingots of high-carbon 'pig iron'.  In addition to pointing out the surviving artifacts from the Furnace operation, the hike will also pass by the site of the ill-fated Lake Takene resort community and train station.  At a leisurely pace, the walk and talk should last about 90 minutes or less.

Kindly register for this hike so that we may notify you in case of weather cancellation.

Contact the Recreation Director with additional questions  recreation@chesterborough.org
Culinary Skills Bootcamp

Join our kids' cooking and culinary skills boot camp this summer!

Chester Recreation, along with ShopRite of Chester's Registered Dietician Grace, will be hosting an exciting, hands-on, 4-day cooking camp this summer. Participants will learn all about the basics of cooking healthy and tasty recipes, and also learn grocery store skills.

Boot camp takes place  June 26-28 at the Barn at Highlands Ridge Park, 100 North Rd., Chester. On these dates, kids will take place in food prep and healthy movement exercises. Then on  Thursday, June 29th, kids meet up at ShopRite and go on an interactive store tour complete with tasty sampling. They'll create their own meal right in the store!

The class meets from  9:00-12:30 each day. It is geared towards ages 10-16. Fee: $60. Special games and giveaways each day. If your child has food allergies or restrictions, please indicate this during registration and we will accommodate.

Please consider bringing a donation for the Chester Food Pantry. To register, visit  https://register.communitypass.net/chestertwp
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