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.


2017 Concerts in Arbor ParK.:

Click Here for Summer schedule

2017 Day Trips

 Day Trips 2017: 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

Radio City Music Halls Christmas Spectacular

SATURDAY NOV. 11th   SHOW TIME  5 p.m.  FEE: $125 pp.  Let this AMAZING SHOW  be one of the HIGHLIGHTS  of your HOLIDAY SEASON!  The coach bus leaves  Tolland Commuter Lot (Exit #68, I 84) at 9 a.m.  Return time is 10 p.m. You’ll have time to roam the city and eat a nice meal on your own, before the show!  Our great seats are in the Mezzanine Section 6 rows E,F,G,H.  The bus will leave immediately after the show so  please plan to get some snacks for the ride home!  Register by 11/3/17 

A Day on Your Own in New York City

Enjoy a day in the “Big Apple” with friends and family. Get a jump start on your holiday shopping, visit the museums, see a Broadway show or just enjoy the sights of the city. Bus drop-offs/pick-ups in New York City will be determined by the driver on the day of the trip. 
Date:Saturday, December 2nd   Reg Deadline:  Friday, November 17th  Departs From: Tolland Commuter Lot, I-84 Exit 68 (Near Dunkin Donuts).  Departure Time:  7:00 am.  Return Time: Approx. 10:30 pm.  Fee:  $68 Per Person (fee includes bus transportation only)

UCONN football trip to fenway park

UCONN vs. Boston College.  Saturday, November 18th.  This trip is through Willington Parks and Recreation Dept.  Click Here for Details

2017 Hunter K Giroux Scholarships

The scholarships are named after a long-time Ellington resident who was an integral part of the town’s parks and recreation programs, from coaching, program organization, as well as motivating young athletes to challenge themselves to improve, both in the classroom and in the athletic environment. Applications will be available Monday, May 1. Please contact Robert Tedford @ rtedford@ellington-ct.gov  in order to secure an application. This scholarship/stipend is designed for any Ellington male or female student (seniors) who are slated to graduate from a secondary school in May or June of 2017. To qualify for this scholarship, applicants must be planning to engage in the professional studies of health education, physical education, recreation or dance, at an accredited two or four Year College or University in the United States by the FALL of 2017.

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.

2017 Hunter K. Giroux Memorial Basketball Tournament

The 2017 Holiday Travel Basketball 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 Parks and Recreation Commission.  Naming the tournament after Hunter is a fitting tribute to his contributions over the past 20 years to the Town’s athletic programs. Hunter’s energy and zeal for competition, and his caring and supportive approach to every athlete regardless of ability were genuine trademarks. Please try to catch a game. The level of play in the 8th grade division is worth the price of admission!
The Tournament Awards will include:
Hunter K. Giroux Team Sportsmanship Award
Hunter K. Giroux All-Tournament Team
Hunter K. Giroux All Defensive Team Award
Check the website in early November for an updated schedule at parkrec.ellington-ct.gov.
8th Grade Boys Basketball Tournament Teams from throughout the region are expected to participate. 
Location:  Ellington Middle School, 46 Middle Butcher Road Concessions will be available. 
December 27     6:00 pm First Round Games                    Ellington playing at 7:30 pm
December 28     4:00 pm Consolation Game  
                            6:00pm Championship Game        
(December 29 - snow date if needed)
Businesses interested in advertising in the program tournament booklet brochure, please contact Bob Tedford at (860) 870-3118 no later than December 20, 2017. All proceeds will benefit Ellington Recreation Programming.  

Letters to Santa

Letters to Santa can be dropped off at the Ellington Post Office in Santa’s Mail Box starting November 27 through December 11. Please make sure your letter is addressed to Santa and that your name and return address appear on the envelope.

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