Northeast Arc’s Recreation program offers individuals the opportunity to participate in active and healthy recreation as well as leisure activities for enjoyment, relaxation, development, and personal growth.
Recreation offers a variety of programs that run weekly and seasonally including:
- Health and wellness (athletics)
- Arts and crafts
- Bowling Leagues
- Social clubs
- Special Olympic of Massachusetts
- Special Interest programs
- Friday Night Happenings
- Saturday Activities
Program descriptions, pricing, and staffing ratios can all be found online by visiting RecDesk at nearcrec.recdesk.com.
Northeast Arc Recreation Programs run for 8 weeks at a time. All new participants are required to schedule an introductory meeting with Recreation staff before attending programs, and may include parents, legal guardians, etc.
To schedule your meeting; create a profile via RecDesk and a staff member will reach out to schedule on intake. All profiles must be approved after intake in order to complete registration for a specific program. Registration is required in order to attend all in-person programs.
OFFICE LOCATION: The Center for Linking Lives at the Liberty Tree Mall, 100 Independence Way, Danvers, MA 01923
Northeast Arc Recreation Programs run for 8 weeks at a time. All new participants are required to schedule an introductory meeting with Recreation staff before attending programs, and may include parents, legal guardians, etc. To schedule your meeting, email us or call 978-624-2336 or 978-624-2385.
We offer a variety of weekly programs that change seasonally, as well as Friday Night Happenings and Saturday Outings. Information about the price of each is found on RecDesk. We also offer specialty programs at different times throughout the year, and additional sports opportunities in conjunction with Special Olympics Massachusetts. You can register for all programs online at RecDesk — and if you need guidance on creating an account, just email us.
Payment & Cancellation Information
Payments are due in full before a program begins; please note that registration is not complete until payment is processed. Upon receiving registration confirmation, please pay online on RecDesk via credit card.
If paying with a check please mail and make checks payable to:
Northeast Arc Recreation
ATTN: Erika Marini
100 Independence Way STE D3
Some program funding available through:
- Adult Autism Support Center
- Family Resource Center
Flex Form for funding must be signed and submitted within one week of completing registration. The form is available on the front page of RecDesk. Failure to complete, sign, and submit the Flex Form to the Recreation department may result in removal from the registered program. Upon checkout through RecDesk, you will be able to choose the Fee Option that corresponds to your funding source.
- 24-hour notice for cancelling attendance to a program is required. If cancellation is not provided; payment will remain processed.
- If a program is cancelled due to weather or by the recreation department; a credit will be applied to your account on Rec Desk.
Policies & Procedures/Transportation Information
Transportation drop-off and pick up is required for all recreation programming, including Friday Night Happenings and Saturday Community Activities.
To help us provide safe, quality programs, participants are to be escorted into program sites. It’s very important that you do not leave anyone at a program site without confirming that program staff has arrived. Before leaving the building, please ensure that the participant is checked in with a member of the Recreation staff.
Participants should not arrive more than 15 minutes early nor be picked up more than 15 minutes after the program ends. If your family member will be utilizing The Ride or any other transportation service, please schedule drop-off as close to the program time as possible. The safety of our participants is paramount.
Northeast Arc Recreation staff will not utilize restraints in any situation. In the event of an emergency or severe behavioral occurrence, the supervising employee will call 911, safely secure the area, and notify the parent/guardian immediately. In the event of minor injuries — bumps, bruises, scrapes — first aid will be administered on-site.
Check out some of our current program offerings
Arts and Crafts
Drawing, painting, pottery, DIY, and more! Join our instructors for fun sessions where participants will learn how to create their own masterpieces.
Health and Wellness
Yoga, boxing, virtual workout classes, Drums Alive, and more. Join us to stay fit and have fun!
Join us for a virtual games, field trips, and music programs!
Friday Night Happenings
Join us every Friday for a variety of fun social events in person. Check RecDesk for each Friday Night’s event including live music, guided paint nights, magic shows, and more!
Saturday Afternoons on Zoom
Saturdays are made for fun! Join the Recreation Department as we offer a variety of fun activities! All activities are posted on Rec Desk and in our calendar including yoga and dance, virtual escape room, drum circle, and a make your own pizza social!
Meet Our Team
Director of Recreation and Community Engagement
Erika Marini, is the Director of Recreation and Community Engagement with the Northeast Arc Recreation Department. With her background in psychology, coaching and ABA services; Erika decided to gain her master’s degree in Sport Management at Lindenwood University while living in St. Louis, Missouri. It was here that she worked with the St. Louis Blues Alumni Association and built community relations skills. Erika has been with the department for one year and enjoys creating inclusive opportunities, with a twist, for the community at large. In her free time, Erika enjoys re-finishing furniture, cooking, hiking with her dog, playing or watching sports, and spending time with her family and friends.
Special Olympics Coordinator
Aiyanna Lamkin, is the Special Olympics Coordinator for the Northeast Arc Recreation Department for the past 3 years. With a background in communications and sports management, Aiyanna works to provide sports programming all year long to over 150 athletes within our recreation department. Her work with Special Olympics Massachusetts for 5 years has allowed our sports program to grow from 2 sports to 15 sports. A mother of two, she loves to be outdoors hiking or getting a little Zen with some yoga. She also works within the Ipswich Public Schools Special Education program. Her love for sports and inclusion is what has made our Special Olympics programming a success.
Lead Recreation Specialist
Dayna Rybicki is the Lead Recreation Specialist with the Northeast Arc Recreation Department and has been with the team for 3 years. She will graduate this spring with a degree in sport and movement science with a minor in psychology from Salem State University. Dayna’s outside interests include cooking, baking, reading, and any outdoor activity.