Recreation & Cultural Affairs

The South Orange Department of Recreation & Cultural Affairs is located in the Baird Community Center, a 100 year old Tudor-esque building set in Meadowland Park. The Baird houses the administrative offices for the department, the Pierro Gallery of South Orange and a variety of meeting and activity spaces. 
The mission of the Department of Recreation & Cultural Affairs is to enhance the quality of life in South Orange, by providing a well-rounded program of leisure time activities for community residents of all ages and interests.

 CLICK HERE for a complete listing of programs, activities and memberships and to register online.  You will need to create an account for yourself and any family members you may have. Please note that there are no charges associated for online registration. You will pay the same fee if you register in person or online. 


The Village of South Orange is proceeding with plans to completely renovate the Baird Community Center, home to the Department of Recreation & Cultural Affairs and the Pierro Gallery. The Biber Partnership, an architectural firm, has been retained and will complete plans and specifications for public bid this summer. The improvements at the Baird will include a roof replacement, repairs and restoration of the building exterior, replacement of the 2nd story porch, and a complete renovation of community center interior. In addition, the plans include a major improvement and upgrade with the addition of a two-story field house.

The current timeline calls for the Baird building to close this summer with the Department of Recreation & Cultural Affairs offices temporarily relocating to 298 Walton Road. The staff is working on finding alternate indoor space in South Orange and/or Maplewood for some popular department programs previously held inside the Community Center. The construction and renovation project is expected to take approximately 2 years.

To view the most recent Power Point presentation, including preliminary architectural designs, CLICK HERE.
In the event of inclement weather or hazardous travel conditions that require the closure of fields or buildings and program cancellations, there are TWO WAYS to be notified:

1) Call the Recreation Dept. Hotline at 973-762-0748 OR
2) Follow 'SOrangeRec' on Twitter to get notifications directly to your mobile device.
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