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Recreation & Cultural Affairs

Mission and Purpose

The Department of Recreation & Cultural Affairs’ serves as a catalyst for the delivery of supervised, comprehensive, structured and organized forms of recreation and cultural programs, for the citizens of the City of East Orange.

In the sports arena, we serve as a feeder program to build strong minds & bodies. Our primary focus is working with our city youth, through various forms of sports, such as Baseball, Basketball, Soccer, Track, Wrestling, Tennis, Archery, Swimming, Cheerleading and Physical Fitness.

We generate and provide quality cultural and art experiences, through Ceramic workshops, Arts & Crafts, Black History, Women’s History, Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Veterans & Memorial Day and other event/holidays. Special initiatives for youth including Essay and Goal Poster Contests, are geared to provide youth an opportunity to freely express themselves and celebrate their cultural diversity.

We ensure access to those experiences through collaboration, development, communication, and building relationships with our community partners and residents. All programs are designed to improve the quality of life for our 69,824 residents by developing and cultivating:

  • Strong Moral Values
  • Patience
  • Discipline
  • Responsibility
  • Cultural Awareness
  • Reliability & Cooperation
  • Civic Pride
  • Community Involvement
  • Competitive Spirit
  • Sportsmanship
  • Physical Fitness
  • Physical Growth
  • Community Bonding


Matthew Stevens,

1 Fellowship Circle/
Greenwood Ave
East Orange, NJ 07017  

Phone:  973-414-4141

Fax:  973-676-4733 

Email: Matthew Stevens