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 2018: 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 others registering 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!  Check our website for more details www.parkrec.ellington-ct.gov

DC Cherry Blossom TRip

Ellington Recreation Department is teaming up with the town of Willington to offer a great trip to Washington D.C..  Be sure to print off the registration form and register at our office at 31 Arbor Way.

Info Flyer 
Trip Details
Trip Registration Form

A Day on Your Own in New York City’s Lower Manhattan - April 14, 2018

No New York City neighborhood has greater historical resonance than Lower Manhattan. This is, after all, where the City began. Sights like Trinity Church, Federal Hall, Wall Street, One World Trade and the 9/11 Memorial & Museum are centuries apart in their creation, but all bring undeniable emotional impact. 
We’ll drop you off in Lower Manhattan where you will be free to wander on your own. You can book a tour or take a self-guided tour, visit a museum or spend the day shopping. There are so many things to do and see in Lower Manhattan. Here are just a few suggestions… 
Things to do in Lower Manhattan - http://www.nycgo.com/boroughs-neighborhoods/manhattan/lower-manhattan 
9/11 Memorial & Museum – http://www.freetoursbyfoot.com/visit-911-memorial-nyc/ 
Statue of Liberty - http://www.freetoursbyfoot.com/visit-statue-liberty/ 
Staten Island Ferry - http://www.freetoursbyfoot.com/staten-island-ferry/ 
Walk over the Brooklyn Bridge - http://www.freetoursbyfoot.com/walking-the-brooklyn-bridge/ 
Before getting back on the bus to come home, don’t miss your chance to have dinner in the Stone Street Historic District. Located just a few blocks from the modern high rise buildings of Wall Street, Stone Street remains a cobblestone testament to New York’s Dutch past. 
Reg. Deadline: April 6th 
Departure Time: 7:00 am  Return time: 10:30 pm 
Fee: $50 per person (includes bus transportation only) 

Red Sox vs. Yankees Baseball Game - June 30, 2018

@ Yankee Stadium  
Departure time: 1:30 PM
Game time: 7:15 PM
Fee: $150 per person (transportation and game ticket)
Seating location: Upper Level Grandstand
Return time: approximately 2.5 hours after the game ends.
Includes games on the bus ride and a cookout prior to game time.

Unified Basketball

We are looking for  Unified Basketball Buddies
“ Promoting Social Inclusion Through Sport: Unified Sports joins people with
and without intellectual [and physical] disabilities on the same team. It was
inspired by a simple principle: training together and playing together is a quick
path to friendship and understanding.” More Details HERE.  


Join the Decide To Be Kind campaign to clean up Brookside Park, Saturday, Mach 24th.
Click HERE For details  

Ellington Crystal Lake PLUNGE

On Saturday March 24, 2018 it will be time to come out of hibernation, get off the couch, and take the plunge that benefits Veterans and local charities. Whether you go knee high, waist high or take the full plunge, all are welcome to join us for the fun.” 
Our goal is to create an event that gives back to local communities and Veterans that are serving today and to those who served in the past. To join in on the fun, participants need to raise a minimum of $100. The Ellington Crystal Lake Plunge is presented by the South Windsor Police Department and Crystal Lake Fire Department. For information, please contact CPL Ronald Littell at Ronald.littell@southwindsor.org.  The plunge will be held at Crystal Lake on Route 140 in the town of Ellington. Registration on the day of the Plunge will be at 10am-11:45am, and the participants will take the plunge at 12 noon.” 

2018 Dick Gunn & Clare Landmann Basketball Tournaments/Jamborees

It’s that special time of the youth basketball season when the Town recognizes two long-time volunteers for their many years of loyal support to the Town’s recreation growth, from both a program and athletic facility standpoint. The Tournament-Jamboree is tentatively scheduled between the 2nd and 3rd week of March and will be posted on the Parks & Recreation website once the exact dates and time frames have been established.  Even if you do not have a child that participates in any of the leagues, you will want to visit one or more of the games and witness the friendly yet competitive nature of the teams involved.  Volunteers are being sought to help assist with this event. Please call (860) 870-3118, if you would like to volunteer.

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.

American Heart Association FA/CPR/AED Coaches Certification
Register on the Adult Programs page at parkrec.ellington-ct.gov under
CPR & FA - Click on “Register Here” 
Location:  31 Arbor Way   Fee: NA
The Recreation Department has two certified AED/First Aid/CPR Instructors, Allison Breen & Kristen Wasielewski, on staff. New classes have been scheduled that will allow all Ellington coaches, athletic officials, program instructors, and staff of Ellington Recreation-sponsored sports and activities to get certified. Please understand that each coach is required to complete this training. Only six coaches are allowed per class. You are required to stay the entire time in order to receive your certification. 
Time: 5:00 pm-10:00 pm 
2018 Dates Available

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 Bob Tedford at (860) 870-3118 or email rtedford@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