Recreation offers individuals of all ages the opportunity to participate in active and healthy recreation, leisure activities for enjoyment, relaxation, development, and personal growth. We offer a variety of athletic programs and sports teams, dances, day trips, fine and performance art classes, cooking classes, bowling leagues, social clubs and special interest groups.
We maintain a strict staffing ratio for each program; that ratio is included in the program description. Please consider the ratios when determining if a program is an appropriate fit.
You can register online via RecDesk, call us at 978-624-2336 or 978-624-2385, or email us. Registration closes after one week; however, if you miss the open window, contact us at [email protected] to get enrolled in the program.
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 within each specific section throughout this booklet. 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 via cash or check, or online via credit card. Checks made payable to Northeast Arc Recreation can be mailed to Erika Marini’s attention at 6 Southside Road, Danvers, MA 01923.
Please note: Payments for weekly programs and Saturday Outing registration fees are due upon registration via RecDesk. If your payment will be made via cash or check, please choose the ‘pay later’ option within the RecDesk system. In both cases, payment must be received within one week of completing registration. In the event that a Saturday Outing is cancelled, you will receive a credit to your RecDesk acount that can be applied toward a future registration.
Any participant served through Northeast Arc’s Family Resource Center will be asked to provide a signed Flex Form for DDS funding within one week of completing registration. The form is available on the front page of our RecDesk site. Failure to complete, sign and submit the Flex Form to the Rec 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.
Policies & Procedures/Transportation Information
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. There are several different programs running in the building on a daily basis, and as a result there may be other staff in the building — however, they are not able to cover Recreation participants. Please note the start and end times of each program and plan accordingly. 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, 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, 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 events through Zoom. 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.
Steve Bouchie, is the Program Manager for the Northeast Arc Recreation Department and has been in the recreation field since he was 16 years old. His recreation career began as a summer samp counselor and continued as a youth sports instructor, a swim instructor, a waterfront director, and a Special Olympics coach. With his extensive experience, Steve decided to study recreation at Gordon College to continue his passion for inclusive recreation opportunities for all; even you.
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.