News From the Ellington Recreation Department

The Parks and Recreation Department and Department of Public Works have been preparing for outdoor activities and have released the 2014 spring brochure. The current spring program brochure can be viewed/accessed by going to the Town of Ellington’s website, www.ellington-ct.gov. Click on town services and click on parks and recreation.

A myriad of activities are available to town residents and pre-registration is required. The recreation office phone number is 860-870-3118. Office hours are: Mondays: 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; Tues/Wed/Thurs: 8:30 a.m. -4 p.m.; Friday: 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Dick Gunn/Clare Landmann Post-Season Recreational Basketball Events
The annual Dick Gunn and Clare Landmann youth basketball tournaments (5 separate divisions) completed tournament competition on March 17. The tournaments are named after two long-time recreation supporters, both of whom were responsible for creating, building and maintaining recreation programs for all age groups, especially at the ‘infancy’ stage of Ellington recreation. The tournament games, in general, were well-played and the sportsmanship displayed by players, coaches and spectators was outstanding!

Spring Lacrosse
Registration is still open for the K-2 program, which is slated to begin April 26 at EHS from 9-10 a.m. Please access the active-net registration system in order to register.

Special Events/Programs

• Track and field: Grades 1 through 8 at Ellington High track complex, starting April 23.
• Dan Dryburgh will serve as this year’s program coordinator and is seeking additional coaching assistance . Contact the recreation office if you wish to secure a volunteer coaching application.
• Crystal Lake Sprint Marathon: slated to be held Sunday, July 20 (rain date: July 28) at Crystal Lake, with an 8 a.m. sharp swim/run/bike. Register on-line only at www.ellingtontriathlon@comcast.net
• Added program: Grades 5, 6, 7, 8: Due to increased interest, a Wednesday night youth volleyball program has been added to the schedule: 6-7:30 p.m. at the middle school.

• May 10: Kid’s Fair: 1 p.m.-3 p.m. at Brookside Park. Save the date, crafts, prizes, games, face painting, in conjunction with the Rise Above youth group.

• New tennis courts at the Schwartz Park (adjacent to Ellington High School). There are four new tennis courts available for use by the general public, pending interscholastic and recreation programs. From March 24 through the first week of June, the Ellington High School boys and girls tennis teams may be using the courts from 2 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
• A new information board has been installed adjacent to the tennis courts and will contain updated class schedules along with time frames for open use.
• The Brookside Park tennis courts have been renovated and are available for day and evening use.

Athletic Opportunities

The following programs are available for registration: hiking club, women’s soccer league, community gardens, youth and adult tennis lessons, adult and youth yoga, jukido and karate, adult indoor and outdoor soccer, total body blast, Zumba fitness, instructional and advanced t-ball, ASA softball (umpire clinic), ultimate frisbee, women’s self-defense, music and movement, outdoor pee wee sports, outdoor golf lessons for youth and adults, adult co-ed softball, CPR o Heart babysitting course, youth basketball clinics, early notice for summer day camp and waterfront swim lessons at Sandy Beach/Crystal Lake.

Ellington Football Spring Registration
May 14 from 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m. and May 17 from 10 a.m.- noon at Brookside Park. Contact David Race at dsrace@gmail.com.

Ellington Little League Baseball/Softball
For updated registration information (baseball) contact Jim Laughlan at 860-454-4553 or (softball) Jim Lavey at 860-872-5838 or Keith Jarvis at 860-870-1320.

This information was submitted by Robert Tedford.

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