Youth & Recreation Department

“To provide quality, inclusive programming for recreation, leisure and educational interests of the community.  Our focus is on opportunities for youth and families through arts, sports programming, special events, lessons and summer camps.  No child will ever be denied this opportunity.”

The City of Dunkirk Youth & Recreation Department provides recreational, educational, and cultural activities for the adults and youth.  On this page, you will find information on what we do, including Camp Gross, the City Recreation Center, Adult Recreation Leagues and Youth activities.

Recreation Home Page

Youth Bureau Homepage

2019 Summer Better Than Others Day Camp

The City of Dunkirk Youth and Recreation Department is proud to announce the completion of another successful year of our Summer Better Than Others Day Camp at Camp Gross!

During the five weeks of camp, close to 300 kids attended and experienced the joy of nature, arts and crafts, swimming, fishing, athletics, new friendships, and can’t wait to return next year!

A special thank you to the Camp Gross Foundation, New York State Division for Youth, Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services -Youth Bureau and all those who supported the camp.

Also, we would like to thank all of our wonderful staff & counselors who helped make our 2019 camp season so enjoyable for the kids!

Youth and Recreation Bulletin Board

City of Dunkirk Youth & Recreation Board

The City of Dunkirk Youth Bureau Board was rejuvenated in 2014.  The Board also felt it should combine with the defunct Recreation Commission.  At the first meeting on March 13, the Youth Bureau Board combined with the Recreation Commission to form the Youth & Recreation Board.  The Youth & Recreation Board meeting monthly to bi-monthly.  Meetings  are generally held on Wednesday evenings at City Hall’s second floor conference room.  The general public is welcomed, and encouraged to attend.

Board Members

  • Ryan Hall, Chair, Secretary
  • Denise Zentz, Vice Chair
  • Mark Woods, Treasurer (Non voting member)
  • John Sliwa
  • Matt Martinez
  • Steve Helwig
  • Joe Gould
  • Scott Herdzik
  • Doug Lockett
  • Ron McWillson
  • Cindy Przybycien
  • EJ Hayes
  • DHS Representative, TBD
  • DMS Representative, TBD


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Youth Bureau By-laws



Past Events

2015 Thanksgiving Poster Contest Winners

2013 Thanksgiving Poster Contest Winners

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