**  We do require masks for ALL CLASSES, just in case a class needs to be held indoors and social distancing is not possible.  Classes are for participants only!  If parents choose to remain on site you must do so outside of the building so we can conduct the classes with social distancing measures in place.


Winter Programs:

Safe Sitter Babysitting Course


WHO: Boys and girls 11-15 years old

WHEN (Choose one):

Saturday, May 8 (2 spots left)

Saturday, May 15 (5 spots left)

TIME: 8:00am-1:00pm

WHERE: Van Buren Park Lodge

FEE: $65.00/participant (Town of Van Buren Residents);   $75.00/participant (Non-Residents)

(Min. for class= 3; Max. # in class = 5)

Safe Sitter® teaches young teens everything they need to know to be safe when they're home alone, watching younger siblings or babysitting. Participants will learn life-saving skills such as how to rescue someone who's choking, basic first aid, how to handle situations that may occur, how to prevent injuries, how to seek help when serious issues arise and helpful information like what to do if there is severe weather.

Students will need to remain on site for the entire time so each participant will need to bring the following items to class: a lunch, drink, snack, notebook and a pen/pencil.

A mask must be brought to class.  We will try to hold the class outdoors, if the class is held inside a mask must be worn, no exceptions. We will give the students plenty of breaks for them to take their masks off, if needed.

Beginner Dog Obedience


 WHO:     Dogs (at least 4 mos. old) and their handler (at least 14 years old)

WHAT:  A beginner dog obedience class

WHEN:    Session I:  Mondays, June 7-July 5

Session II:  Mondays, July 19-August 23

TIME:     6:30pm-7:15pm                

WHERE:  Van Buren Park Lodge

FEE:        Beginner - $60.00/participant (Town of Van Buren Residents) ;  $65.00/participant (Non-Residents)  (Min. in class = 3,  Max. in class = 5)

BeginnerThis class will cover basic obedience training, so handlers can have fun with their dogs!  Includes: heeling, stand, come, sit-stay and down-stay.

NOTEThose registered need to bring proof of Rabies, DHL and Parvo inoculations to first class.  You will also need to bring a six-foot lead and training collar to class (beginners) and a 10 foot lead to the advanced class.  Please bring treats for reinforcements.

Take and Make Crafts

Craft kits have been put together by the Parks and Recreation Dept. to help keep the kids busy this winter.   Kits will include all materials needed to complete projects.   We have limited inventory so please don’t wait to order kits, if interested.  Kits will be ready starting Wednesday, February 17.

Craft Kit 1 - Jewelry Box, Handprint and Sun Plaque 

[4 left - $20.oo]

Craft Kit 2 - Trinket box, Suncatchers and Butterfly Stringers

[7 left - $12.00]

Craft Kit 3 - Ceramic bank, wooden animal and wooden picture frame

[9 left - $11.00]

Craft Kit 4 - Velvet Mandala, Butterfly Sun Catcher and Crystal Sun Catcher 

[12 left - $10.00]

The best way to reserve a kit is to call the Parks and Recreation Dept. to schedule a pick up time for the crafts.  We will only hold the materials for 48 hours after the reservation is made.  Payment will need to be made at time of pick up.  Please make sure to have the registration form and payment ready before you come.

Any questions, please feel free to contact the Parks and Recreation Dept. at 315-638-4727 or email us at

Easter Egg Drive-Thru


(Saturday, April 3rd—Van Buren Central Park)


Come and see the Easter bunny from the comfort and safety of your vehicle.  Goodie bags will be distributed right to the vehicle.


We ask that you wear a mask and maintain proper physical distancing measures during the event. 


We will only be taking a total of 200 kids (ages 2-10) for the event and will be dividing the groups up into half hours, to minimize long lines and waiting times.   You must call the park office, 315-638-4727, to register for a time.  

8:00am-8:30am         (31 spots left)

9:00am-9:30am         (40 spots left)

10am-10:30am          (41 spots left)

  11:00am-11:30am     (19 spots left)


**  We will not accept registration online or by email.  We also cannot accept anyone that is not registered, so please don’t wait to call.

Mother's Day Project


WHO: Children 5 and up

WHEN: Saturday, May 8

TIME: 3:30pm

WHERE: Van Buren Park Lodge

FEE: $15.00/participant (minimum #3; max #6)

Children will get a chance to personalize a large clay pot, using acrylic paints, and will fill it with flowers. A great gift for their mothers or grandmothers for Mother’s Day

**We will continue to update this page as more programs become available.  Please check back!


The Town of Van Buren Parks and Recreation Department offers recreation programs for all ages! These change seasonally; all are listed in the Parks and Recreation Department program brochures. These are published 3 times per year (December, April and September) and distributed to schools in the Baldwinsville School District, the banks in the Baldwinsville area and the Baldwinsville Public Library. They can also be found at the Van Buren Town Hall, and at the Parks and Recreation Office.

Please do not wait to register for a program! There is a point – usually 5 business days prior to start date – when we need to make a decision whether to cancel a program due to lack of participation. Invariably, we get many telephone inquiries on a program after we’ve cancelled it!

Registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, and are accepted:

  • Until the business day prior to the program start date,
  • By a specified registration deadline (will be listed with the program, if applicable), OR
  • Until the program fills to capacity!

Fill out a registration form (one per person). These can either be downloaded from this website, or found in the Recreation Departments program brochures. Mail the form(s) with payment to the Parks and Recreation Department, or stop by during office hours (8:30am.-4:00pm., Monday-Friday).

Payment is accepted in the form of cash, check or credit cards (with a minimal fee)! Please do not send cash through the mail. Completed registration form and payment must be received by this office prior to participation in a program.

** Due to budgetary and time constraints, you will NOT be sent a confirmation of your registration, OR be contacted by telephone! You will ONLY be contacted if we are unable to fit you into the program requested, or in the event of a program cancellation. So, if you do not hear from us, simply report to the program the first day it meets. You are certainly welcome to contact this office to check on any registrations.

Most of the activities listed in our brochure are the result of interest on the part of an individual or group of people. If you would like our department to expand on any existing programs or create new ones, we would welcome your suggestions! Either mail or email your ideas, call us, or visit the Parks & Recreation office during business hours. We’d love to hear from you!