Activity Information & Registration

General Information


The Parks and Recreation Department offers various activities throughout the year for all ages. Please be aware of the following information:
  • Occasionally, school activities or inclement weather will force cancellation of some sessions. In such cases, we will attempt to reschedule; however, there is no guarantee. Activities will not be held on school holidays and may not necessarily meet every week due to school events or facility availability.
  • Children must be the age or grade specified by the first scheduled session. Adults are classified as individuals age 18 and older.
  • Avoid waiting until the last minute to register. Activities with low enrollment may be cancelled before the first scheduled class.
  • Fees are not pro-rated. To cancel or receive a refund, see the cancellation and refund policy below.
  • Please notify the office if you have any medical condition, special need, or if you require special assistance to participate in an activity.

How to Register


Registration can be completed online, by mail, in person, or by phone.  Please visit our How to Register page for more information.

General Rules and Policies


Please be aware of the following general rules and regulations regarding activity registration.

Payment Options


Effective January 1, 2021, all credit card purchases will include a 3.25% transaction fee.  This fee will show as a separate transaction on credit card statements, collected by the 3rd party payment processor.  It is NOT collected by the Town of Bethlehem.  Purchases made by cash or check will not incur this fee.

Payment is due at the time of registration.  We accept cash, personal checks, and credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover only). Please make checks payable to "Town of Bethlehem."  For phone-in and online registration, payments must be made by credit card.

Activity Cancellation and Refund Policy


  • To withdraw from an activity, participants must notify the office by calling 518-439-4955, extension 2131. Activity supervisors do not report cancellations to the office.
  • A processing fee of 10% per person per refund request will be deducted from all refunds, or your refund may be applied to your household as a credit with no cancellation fee.
  • A pro-rated refund will be granted if the office is notified prior to the second class following the participant’s registration date.
  • If the Parks and Recreation Department must cancel an activity, no cancellation fee is charged.
  • Refunds may take 4 to 6 weeks.
  • If an activity fills up, you will be placed on a waiting list, and your payment will be processed. You will be notified if an opening in the activity occurs.  If you are not selected from the waiting list, your payment will be applied to your household as a credit, or you may request a refund.

Age Policy


Unless otherwise noted, recreation activities require participants to reach the minimum age or grade by the first scheduled class.  Please note that the town reserves the right to request age verification at the initial arrival to any activity.

Residency Policy


Activity registration is open to residents and non-residents.  Fees and enrollment dates may vary for non-residents. Residents are persons living in, or owning property in, the Town of Bethlehem town limits.  The town requires proof of residency when enrolling a new household.

Waiting List Policy


If an activity fills up, you will be placed on a waiting list, and your payment will be processed. You will be notified if an opening in the activity occurs.  If you are not selected from the waiting list, your payment will be applied to your household as a credit, or you may request a refund.