Family Recreation Center

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The Family Recreation Center was built in 2005 under our current Mayor, Frank Leak.  It is run under the Youth and Family Services Department. We service the Village of Colonie residents and the South Colonie School District.  Our purpose is to create a “Fun, safe, non-threatening environment where Village residents, families and children always feel welcome.”

The Building

GYM: A basketball gym with a full court and two hoops, and is also lined for tennis and volleyball. It works great for hosting large events, sport practices, and Village events.

GAMEROOM: Inside, we provide a foosball, an air hockey, a ping pong and a pool table. It’s great for all ages to hang out and play.

COMPUTER ROOM: During the week it is used for high school classes and other meetings. It has seven computers from the South Colonie School District, two TVs, multiple games, and coloring activities. It’s the perfect place for meetings, classes, family visitations, and general computer access.

KITCHEN: We have a large full kitchen that is available for renters. It has a commercial refrigerator, a freezer, a gas six burner oven, a microwave, ample counter space and an island; there is also a window and a door to the gym to make serving and supervision easier. The kitchen hosts cooking classes, caterers or renters cooking for a crowd.

OTHER: Handicap accessible bathrooms and water fountains, two offices for youth advisor staff. Ample parking for events. Heated and air conditioned. Vending machines. Tables and chairs for renters to use.

SAFETY: Safety is always our first priority in the Rec Center; we have a First Aid Kit and a defribulator, sprinkler systems, fire extinguishers, and a backup generator with cameras to keep everyone safe.

Learn about facility rentals

Come Visit

To use the facility, you must provide current identification every time you visit and sign in. Children with school IDs must provide them to enter. Any child who does not have an ID must have an adult with identification. We ask everyone to sign-in so we are able to identify individuals in case of emergency; signatures also help us know how many residents we are serving.

Open gym is from 8:30-6pm Monday through Friday and 10-4 on Saturdays. The Village reserves the right to cancel open gym as needed. Different organizations book gym time during the day, so residents are always welcome to call first to see if open gym is still available.

The Family Recreation Center is also available for Village Residents and businesses to rent. For more information please go to the Facilities Rentals.

Family Recreation Center

  • Open 8:30-6pm Monday – Friday, 10-4pm on Saturdays

  • 3 Thunder Road Albany, NY 12205
    (In the Village of Colonie Municipal Complex)

  • Brian Casey

Hours for Dec. 10th – Dec. 16th

Monday- Open Gym: 8:30am-6pm

Tuesday- Open Gym: 2pm-6pm

Wednesday- Open Gym: 12:30pm-6pm

Thursday- Open Gym: 12:30pm-6pm

Friday- Open Gym: Closed

Saturday- Closed for a Village Event

Sunday- CLOSED

Directions to the Family Rec Center

FROM THE EAST: 
Take SR-7 towards 87 South (Northway)
Take Northway to Exit 2W
Take Exit 2W.
At third traffic light (Cumberland Farms & Dunkin Donuts are on your left), take a right onto Locust Park.
Approximately 500 feet, take the first right onto Thunder Road and the Village Municipal Complex.
Follow the road as it curves to the right up a slight hill.
We are the second building on your right, directly behind the Colonie Fire House.

FROM THE WEST:
Take I-90 (Gov. Thomas E. Dewey Thruway) to Exit 24.
After toll booth – take Exit 1N. Proceed to Exit 2W towards Schenectady.
Take Exit 2W onto Central Avenue (Route 5)
At third traffic light (Cumberland Farms & Dunkin Donuts are on your left), take a right onto Locust Park.
Approximately 500 feet, take the first right onto Thunder Road and the Village Municipal Complex.
Follow the road as it curves to the right up a slight hill.
We are the second building on your right, directly behind the Colonie Fire House.

Events

With the help of other departments, the Youth and Family Services Department at the Recreation Center hosts special events for Village Residents throughout the year. Check out some of our favorites that have been staples over the years. All dates are available in your quarterly Villager that is delivered to all Village residents.

Easter Bunny Parade

The Easter Bunny drives around all the residential streets in the Village to visit the families that come out to greet him; take your picture and a treat! Dates are provided in your quarterly Villager!

Family Fun Day

Come out to celebrate! This event is free to Village residents, so bring your families, and have a day of fun. We provide games, art, contests, and food.

Summer Shed Program

Sheds at Cook and Locust Park are staffed during the weekdays in July and August for games and crafts. They also enjoy fieldtrips across the Capital District and pool days at the Colonie Town Pool!

Ice Cream Social

We partner with the Town of Colonie Band and Stewarts Ice Cream for a wonderful evening out for friends and family at the Frank A. Leak Amphitheater in Cook Park. Come enjoy a sweet treat and some local music!

Kids Night Out

Take a break, drop the kids off for some fun. Summer staff arranges games and activities to keep them busy and entertained.

Haunted House

It gets better every year! The Department of Public Works transforms the entire gym at the Recreation Center into a haunted maze of rooms. We offer hay rides up from the parking area and cider and donuts to comfort you at the end. Are you brave enough to escape the maze?

Kids Halloween Party

Come dressed up for some Halloween fun! Great for families of little ones. Children will enjoy goodie bags, snacks, raffles, and pumpkin painting, and some time showing off your awesome costumes!

Breakfast with Santa

Enjoy a homecooked breakfast with your children prepared by the VFW, craft goodie bag and a visit with the big man himself! Santa takes a break from his workshop to visit the children of the Village, hand out presents and take pictures!

Christmas Tree Lighting

We celebrate with the Village’s own Christmas tree located in front of the Colonie Fire House. We begin this season of holiday cheer with local school children, parents, families, and friends, singing christmas carols, visiting with Santa, cookies and cocoa afterwards.

The Santa Parade

Santa and his helpers drive around all the residential streets in the Village to visit the families that come out to greet him! Residents can come out, check their Christmas lists, take a quick picture and receive a sweet treat! Dates are provided in your quarterly Villager!

Meet the Family Rec. Center Staff

Brian Casey

Brian Casey

Youth Monitor

Contact Information

Biography

Brian Casey has been a Youth Monitor at the Family Recreation Center since 2004. He manages the activities of the Family Center and is committed to helping create a safe non-threatening environment for kids and families to come and enjoy. He is a veteran of the US Navy and a retired Colonie Police Officer of 31 years. He was an original Resource Officer at Colonie High School and D.A.R.E. Officer. He has been a Scout leader for over 25 years. He has served on the Colonie Youth Center Board and currently serves on the Board of Education for the South Colonie Central School District. Other than his role as Youth Monitor, he handles all the bookings for the rentals of Village facilities, coordinates with the Colonie High School Alternate Education Program, and reviews bands for the “Tuesday Nights in the Park” Summer Program and is a member of the Amphitheater committee.

Katie Ciota

Katie Ciota

Youth Monitor

Contact Information

Biography

Katie Ciota has been a Youth Monitor at the Family Recreation Center since 2015. She helps manage the Family Center and works to create a welcoming environment for all children and families. Katie has a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Education and Fine Arts. Other than her roll as Youth Monitor, Katie coordinates the Summer Recreation Program for Village children, helps to edit the quarterly “Villager” newsletter, creates promotional material for Village events, helps coordinate the Village children’s parties, and is a member of the Amphitheater committee.