Special Activities

The Ellington Parks and Recreation Department hosts many different events that will keep your family entertained.

Always wanted to go to a concert in the park or a trip out of town? The Parks & Rec Department funds several types of activities that will appeal to anyone.



 Day Trips

Day Trips 2019: These trips are being offered in Mansfield, Ashford, Coventry, Ellington, Tolland, and Willington. Please register where you live at your local Recreation Department. The pickup location for all those registered will be the Commuter Lot off I-84 Exit 68. Return times are approximate.  No alcohol or glass items allowed on bus. Limited number of tickets per town per trip; register early! 

 Mangia, Mangia - Boston's Little Italy * Sam Adams Italian Food Tour


Spend the day in Italy without your passport!  This walking food tour is like a cooking class on foot.  The tour incorporates numerous stops in which you'll enjoy sampling authentic Italian ingredients that can be incorporated into your own cooking and eating adventures.  Once the tour has finished there will be free-time for you to grab lunch (on your own) or do some shopping in the markets visited during the tour.  In the afternoon you will head to Sam Adams where you will take a tour and learn about the beer making process.  
Date:  Friday, April 12, 2019
Reg Deadline: March 1
Departs From: Tolland Commuter Lot, I-84 Exit 68 (Near Dunkin’ Donuts)
Departure Time:  7:30 am
Estimated Return Time:  6:45 pm
Cost:  $139 Per Person (Fee includes Roundtrip Motor-coach, Tours of Distinction Tour Director, food tour with samples, free-time, brewery tour and samples, all taxes and gratuities (including driver and tour director.)


Departure time: 7:00 AM
Return time: approx. 10:30 PM
Fee: $68 per person (bus transportation only)
Enjoy a day in the "Big Apple" with friends and family.
Bus drop-offs/pick-ups in NYC will be determined by the driver on the day of the trip.

Second Annual Jacob Roger Poulin Foundation (3 vs.3) Soccer Jamboree

Monday, October 8 at Brookside Park from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Fee: $100 per team, Fee after October 3 $125 per team
Tournament registration forms available at Recreation Department, 31 Arbor Way
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Ellington Family Fall Festival

Saturday, November 3  (Hosted by Recreation Department and Rise Above)
9:00 am - 12:00 Noon, Brookside Park Pavilion (Rain Date: November 4)
Come celebrate Autumn with this line up of exciting events: Decorate a pumpkin, art/craft activity, face paining, and sack races. Pre-registration required online or at the Recreation Office.
Family Fee: $10, Walk-in Fee: $5 per person

7th Annual Ellington Family Road Races

Saturday, November 3 (Presented by the Recreation Department, Ellington Volunteer Fire Department and the Ellington Athletic Booster Club.
Saturday, November 3, 9:00 am - 11:00 am, Brookside Park (Rain Date: Nov. 4)
Fees: 5K Course: $20 (18+), $15 under 18; 3K Youth Run: $10; 5K Team of 4: $75
Kid's Fun Run: Free
Register through Activenet on-line system.
All times for the 5K and 3K will be monitored and recorded by Platt Systems

Hunter K. Giroux 2018 Memorial Travel Basketball Tournament

The 2018 Tournament is named for the late Hunter K. Giroux, a former coach on the recreational and travel level, as well as an invaluable member of the Ellington Parks & Recreation Commission. Hunter's energy and zeal for competition, and his caring and supportive approach to every athlete regardless of ability were genuine trademarks.  Please make an attempt to catch a game.  The level of play in the 8th grade division is worth the price of admission! 
December 27 and 28 at Ellington Middle School (Snow date: Dec. 29)  An updated schedule will be posted in early November.
To place an advertisement in the program brochure, please contact Mary Bartley at (860) 870-3118 no later than Dec. 20.  All proceeds will benefit Ellington Recreation Programming.
Concessions will be available.

COACHES vs. cancer tennis event

EHS Tennis Coaches Rich Willis and Micah Fox would like to extend an invitation to come to Ellington’s Schwartz Park (next to the high school) at the new Tennis Pavilion for a Coaches vs. Cancer tennis event on Sunday, June 10 at 4:00.  Come play tennis, see our new pavilion, enjoy refreshments, challenge the coaches, challenge EHS team members, challenge your family members & friends. Details HERE.  

Community Gardens (Batz Property)

97 Shenipsit Street, Ellington
A limited number of garden plots will be offered with the projected parcel being 25’ x 25’, to be used for growing plants for non-commercial use. Due to the completion of a water-access project by an Ellington Boy Scout ( to complete his Eagle Scout Badge) it is anticipated that there will be a limited water supply available for both the youth and community gardens The fee is $25 per plot (one per family) with a $15 deposit to be returned pending satisfactory fall cleanup. Please contact the Recreation Office for more information. Registration opened until March 31, 2018, application available at the Parks & Recreation office 31 Arbor Way.

Children’s Garden

: The Ellington Recreation Department has implemented a Children’s Garden at Batz Community Garden. We hope to provide a place to learn about the joys and benefits of gardening, with hands-on opportunities – and to have fun! The Children’s Garden will provide a safe place to experience nature, discover the cycles of life and provide motivation to try fresh fruits and vegetables while encouraging a healthy and sustainable lifestyle. Please check the Recreation Department website for further details.

Ad Hoc Trails Committee

Overwhelming interest from many town residents allowed for the creation of an Ad Hoc Trails Committee, a 9-member committee that has undertaken the charge of providing support for all of the town-owned and maintained trails. This committee will dovetail their efforts to work with the Hockanum River linear Trails committee, town departments and other residents who have expressed interest in assisting.  In an attempt to make more opportunities available to town residents, we have created some new and exciting outdoor educational programming for youths and adults, emphasizing access to the various trails within Ellington. Some of the areas that would provide both an educational and ‘fun’ component, include: learning to identify plants and forage for edible plants, as well as creating a template for sustainable, nutrient-dense food sources, kitchen medicine and amendments for our gardens.


Special Needs Social Club:

This proposed new social activity program, if interest warrants, will be designed for those ages 10+ with developmental/cognitive disabilities. Participants will have the opportunity to enjoy a variety of activities and field trips while meeting new friends in this informal, drop-in program. An adult guardian must accompany each participant, unless waived by the activity leader.  For more information, contact Mary Bartley at (860) 870-3118 or email mbartley@ellington-ct.gov .

Ellington Soccer Fundraising

 Ellington Soccer Fund Raising:  Please consider purchasing any of the listed items in order to support the Town of Ellington Soccer Program. 100% of the profits will go toward the Recreation Division and Travel Team Soccer needs, specifically for replacing equipment and upgrading uniforms.  Umbrellas (purple & white) $15, Coffee Mugs $1, Water Bottles $1,     Soccer Magnet $1