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Posted on: May 20, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Bloomfield Dept. of Parks, Recreation & Cultural Affairs Announces Free Virtual Programming Series


BLOOMFIELD, NJ -- The Bloomfield Department of Parks, Recreation & Cultural Affairs is offering a free virtual programming series available to all residents beginning Friday, May 22. The series will allow residents to participate in a wide variety of classes for kids, adults and the whole family from the comfort of their own home.

The classes that will be offered will include: Zumba Gold, Zumba Kids, Zumba, Cabin Fever Fitness, Children’s Art, Yoga, Dance, Family Yoga, Pilates and Kids Yoga.

Though these classes are free, you must pre-register here.

“Our Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department has done an outstanding job of adapting their work during the COVID-19 crisis to the benefit of all of our residents,” said Mayor Michael Venezia. “The pandemic has forced us to shelter in our homes for long periods of time, making the need for exercise and entertainment especially important. The reception for these virtual classes in the past has been overwhelmingly positive and I am grateful that we are able to continue to offer them for free to all residents.”

Since the onset of the pandemic and the subsequent closing of the Civic Center and restrictions on public gatherings, the Parks, Recreation & Cultural Affairs Department has been hard at work creating virtual programs for its residents. Just a few weeks into the shelter in place order they produced, along with the help of WBMATV, a two part series called Cabin Fever Fitness classes along with a series of Yoga classes.

There were over 30 individual sessions that allowed residents to stay physically fit while working from home and homeschooling. In addition to these fitness classes the department also administered a 10 Day art prompt challenge and Bloomfield history quizzes that kept residents engaged and entertained.

"We received such positive feedback from our first series of programs and activities, that we decided to once again offer this to our community," said Director of Parks, Recreation & Cultural Affairs Michael Sceurman. "I believe it is important for our department to be flexible and willing to think outside the box to provide recreational opportunities for residents of all ages. I’d like to thank my entire staff for working so hard to get these programs up and running in such a short period of time and I hope that everyone enjoys them."

These programs are available free of charge thanks to the generosity of these 2020 Summer of Fun sponsors:

Platinum Headline Sponsor

AR North Developers LLC

Gold Sponsor

Brookdale Shoprite

Silver Sponsors

Glendale Cemetery

MJG Promotions

Bronze Sponsors

Bloomfield FMBA Local 19

Bloomfield PBA Local 32

CME Associates

Creamer Environmental Inc

Enviroscapes Inc

Fairview Associates

Jack’s Super Foodtown

Local 68

Metro Real Estate Development Corp

Millennium Strategies

Provident Bank

Universal Technical Institute

Disclaimer: You must have the ZOOM App to participate in the virtual programs. In order to participate in a class you must be registered at least 2 hours prior to the start of class to allow our staff time to create rosters. An email will be emailed to you with the link and password. Please sign on 15 minutes before the start of the class to allow the instructor to recognize you and move you from the “waiting room” to the actual class which will start promptly at the advertised time. If you miss the first class you can still register and attend the following class. If you miss two classes you will be removed from the class to allow other people to participate. All classes have limited enrollment and spots are on a first come first served basis.

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