Registrations for the recreation center are free to all New Bedford residents.  If you are or are not a New Bedford resident and are signing up for a Recreation Center class and/or program, please complete this form and complete the Program Registration section and continue with indicated steps below.

Please complete the following sections according to the specifications provided by our Recreation Center program(s) and/or staff.  All pricing and class information can be accessed through the programs on our website and/or calling the Recreation Center at 508-961-3015.


Policies and General Information

Transportation/ Pick– Up Information: I understand that NB PRB is only responsible for supervising my child between the time the child checks into the program and the time the child checks out. I am aware that if my child checks out of the program he/she will not be allowed to re-enter.

Program Registration

Registrations will be accepted until the program is full prior to the start date. All forms must be filled out completely or they will not be accepted.

Program Age Requirements

Participants must be of noted age or grade by the first day of the program in which they are enrolled.


For programs that have a fee associated the payment is due at the time of registration, acceptable form of payment is a check or money order made payable to CITY OF NEW BEDFORD. A fee of $25 will be charged to any check returned for insufficient funds. No new registration of programming will be allowed until the $25 fee is paid.

Program Course Confirmation

No confirmations are sent out. A participant is registered only when payment is received, unless the department notifies you otherwise.. We will only notify you if there are any problems.


All programs are non-refundable, unless the department cancels a program.


For some programs non-residents may register if space allows.
Additional fees will be charged.

Personal Belongings

Please do not bring any valuables, toys or games to our programs. The department is not responsible for lost or stolen items. To be safe, leave articles at home unless necessary for the program.

Photo Policy…Smile

New Bedford Parks, Recreation & Beaches and/or press take pictures and video on occasion of participants for publicity purposes and for local cable. If you don’t want to have your child photographed, please let us know.

Additional Parent/Guardian Responsibilities

It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to notify the Parks, Recreation & Beaches office if there are any orders, ie. restraining, no contact, etc. currently issued. Your child’s safety is of the utmost importance to us.

If your child is walking or using public transportation to or from our programs please notify us. Additional permission slip may need to be on file.

Participants who continually exhibit behavioral and /or discipline problems will be subject to suspension and /or termination from the program. Please review the Participants Responsibilities for more information.

Participants Responsibility

We ask that all participants respect the staff, other participants, age requirements, and the equipment. Please refrain from causing bodily harm to others and from using foul language. Additional rules will be announced at each program. Youth programs require the same code of conduct as is expected during school hours. If a participant fails to cooperate with the rules, the Director reserves the right to dismiss or suspend a participant in any program without a refund of fees.

New Bedford Parks, Recreation & Beaches is not a day care, after-school care program or babysitting service. Please read and understand the policies. If they are unclear to you, please ask questions. ALL participants must pre-register for ALL programs. Please be on time dropping off and picking up children from their programs. Failure to do so will result in additional cost penalties or suspension from programming.

Weather Cancellations

When the New Bedford Public Schools are closed because of emergencies or weather conditions, all Recreation Department programming will be cancelled for the entire day. If a storm develops later in the day please call the Parks, Recreation & Beaches office for an update.

Special Needs & Medication

Children and adults with special needs are encouraged to participate in recreation programs. Staff members are sensitive to your needs and will do everything possible to assist you. If you are interested in participating in a program, please contact the office to discuss to program details and accommodations necessary for the success of your child’s participation.

Please review the medication policy for summer day program if applicable.

Program Policies

All programs are offered to New Bedford residents on a first come, first serve basis. New Bedford Parks, Recreation & Beaches reserves the right to cancel or consolidate any program that does not meet the minimum participation registration numbers. Remember nothing terminates a program faster than waiting until the last minute to register. Avoid disappointment and register promptly.

Carefully read each program description you are interested in to see specific rules and regulations regarding your desired program.

Internet Usage Policy

The New Bedford Parks, Recreations and Beaches only provide access to the internet. The department cannot control and is not able to monitor any information on the Internet for either content or accuracy. The user is the ultimate judge of appropriateness, usefulness and value of all material accessed. In the case of minors, this responsibility rests with their parents or legal guardians. The New Bedford Parks, Recreations & Beaches are not responsible for any negative consequences that may occur as a result of the recreation center internet connection. In the case that the internet is being used inappropriately, the user will receive three warnings before their rights to usage and membership are revoked.

Waiver: In consideration of this application and/or the right to participate in this activity, I or my child, release the City of New Bedford, its employees, agents, representatives, and other persons or organizations for whose conduct the City may be responsible from any and all liability, loss damage, costs, claims and/or causes of action, including but not limited to all bodily injury claims and property damage resulting from or arising out of the use of premises, facilities, or equipment of the City of New Bedford, and/or caused in any way by the City of New Bedford, its employees, agents, representatives, and other persons or organizations for whose conduct the City may be responsible. I and/or my child are in the necessary physical condition to participate in the registered activity.  I authorize the staff to seek emergency medical care on my behalf or on behalf of child if needed. I will assume all costs associated with any such treatment. I have been informed of the program’s policies, including the refund policy, if applicable. I fully understand this waiver and voluntarily accept its terms.  I certify, under the penalties of law, this information is correct and I understand that the information I have provided on my family income is subject to verification by authorized representatives of the City of New Bedford Office of Housing and Community Development, and the U.S. Dept of Housing and Urban Development. This information will be kept confidential and used for funding monitoring purposes only.

Membership and Program Registration

Please complete all information requested on the registration form. Only Parent or Legal Guardian can sign for their child.
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