Recreation & Cultural Affairs
As a reminder, the Center for Disease Control defines social distancing as it applies to COVID-19 as "remaining out of congregate settings, avoiding mass gatherings, and maintaining distance, , from others when possible."
We share your disappointment, and want to thank everyone in our community for understanding what a trying time the coming weeks are going to be. We know this is a lot to process, and that you have a lot of responsibilities and concerns to deal with. Please keep in mind this is uncharted territory and there is no handbook on how to respond to these uncertain times. The health and well-being of our community is of utmost importance, and we need to work together to get through this difficult time. We are a resilient community and we will continue to work with all of our partners to safely serve the public in any way possible.
The administrative offices of the Department of Recreation & Cultural Affairs are now located at 298 Walton Avenue.
The anticipated renovation and reconstruction of the Baird Community Center will require significant changes in the operation of the building and the Department of Recreation & Cultural Affairs. The Department of Recreation & Cultural Affairs has relocated their business offices to 298 Walton Avenue, South Orange, near Farrell Field and the Department of Public Works. The hours of operation are 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday-Friday. While office hours will be much more limited, customers can continue to register for most programs and activities online HERE.
The Baird Community Center will be closed for the duration of the renovation and reconstruction project, which is anticipated to take 2 years.
The closure of the Baird Community Center will also impact adjacent and related recreation facilities as follows:
- Basketball Courts: The basketball courts adjacent to the Baird will remain accessible only until the construction begins (late fall). At that time, the courts will fall within the construction area and will be closed.
- Platform/Paddle Tennis Courts: The platform courts will remain accessible until construction begins (late fall). Once construction begins, these courts will be removed from the 5 Mead Street location. It has been determined that they cannot be salvaged. The Village plans to include new paddle tennis courts in a future recreation project located in an alternate location.
- Tennis Courts: The tennis courts are not expected to be impacted by the construction project.
The planned improvements at the Baird will include roof replacement, repairs and restoration of the building exterior, including the replacement of the 2nd story porch, and a complete renovation of community center interior. The “new” building will include a beautiful community space and café that leads out to the porch, dance and fitness spaces, dedicated art rooms, a multi-purpose performance space and a public meeting space. The Pierro Gallery will be housed on the first level in the renovated building. Finally, there will be a two-story field house addition that will include a garage and storage on the ground level and gymnasium on the 2nd floor.
While we regret the inconvenience this renovation will cause our residents and patrons, we are very excited about the prospect of a new and fabulous Recreation and Cultural Arts Center that will serve our community for many years into the future.
If you have any questions, please call the Department of Recreation & Cultural Affairs office at (973) 378-7754, ext. 2 or email email@example.com.
To view the most recent presentation, including preliminary architectural designs, CLICK HERE.
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