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.

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 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! 

 
Vine to Wine in Vermont - Sunday, September 1, 2019
Journey to Vermont for a unique experience! Spend some time at Vermont Distillers, who are best known for their unique lines of liqueurs and vodkas. Enjoy the famous 100-mile view from atop Hogback Mountain Scenic Overlook.Then you will stop at Honora Winery & Vineyards to enjoy a "Vine to Wine" tour, in addition to a tasting of the Vineyard's own wines.
For lunch enjoy a traditional Polish buffet before visiting the Grafton Village Cheese Company, where you'll experience the art of Vermont cheese making and peruse their company store. Departure time: 7:45 am, returning at 7:45 pm. 
Fee: $111 per person. Registration Deadline: Monday, July 29.
 

2019 Summer Concert Series at arbor park

Thanks to the generosity of Ellington businesses and family patronage, we are able to present our Summer Concert Series at Arbor Park again this year! Donations to fund and sponsor this series of concerts can be made a the Parks and Recreation Department.
Concerts are held on Sunday evenings from 6:00-7:30 pm.
Clink here to view the current concert schedule

New 2019 Free Range Outdoor Exploration Co-op Camp

Explore the outdoors a the Batz property this summer through a series of weekly programs.  Activities are geared for children ages 5 and up. Attend all 10 camps or pick and choose activities that interest you and your kids. The exploration program is held on Wednesdays from 9 am until approximately 11 am from June 19 - August 21. Register through the Parks
& Recreation Department or online through Activenet. Caregiver participation is required. Maximum 10 per class. Instructor: Rachel Dearborn. No fee.
Click here for more information and program dates.

7th Annual Charles Huggins Memorial Tennis Tournament

Saturday and Sunday, September 21 and 22 at the Schwartz Park Tennis Courts.
Competition is open to all with a USTA rating less than 5.0. For Boys Singles & Girls Singles the maximum age is 14 as of tournament date. Adult play is best 2 of 3 sets, AD scoring, with 7-point tiebreaker in each set. Boys and Girls play is a Pro 8 set, No AD scoring, with a 7-point tiebreaker. Registration Deadline: September 16 at Noon.
Click here for Tournament Registration Form and Fees.


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
 Click here for more information
   

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.
  

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.
   

   

    

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