Mini Programs

The Ellington Parks and Recreation Department offers many different activities 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.


2018 Charles Huggins Tennis TournamENT

September 22&23, 2018 @ Schwartz Park

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

Unified Basketball 

The unified basketball program is available for those that are emotionally and/or physically challenged. Limited space is available for non-residents; see contact below.
Program Contact: Allison Breen –
Code: UNIFIED.BBK618   
Session 1   5:45 pm -6:30 pm   Grades K-6th 
Code: UNIFIED.BB71218   
Session 2   6:30 pm -7:15 pm   Grades 7th–12th 
Day: Mondays
Dates: March 19, 26; April 2, 16, 23, 30; May 7, 14
Fee: $25
Location: Ellington Middle School


Jukido - All skill levels welcome

Instructor: Paul Ward
SESSION 1 - Mondays, September 10, 17, 24, Oct. 1 15,
22, 29
Time: 6:00-7:00 pm 
Fee: $42 for 7 class session
Location: Center School

SESSION 2 - Mondays,  November 12, 19, 26, Dec. 3, 10, 17
Time: 6:00-7:00 pm
Fee: $36 for 6 class session
Location: Center School



tiny tot tennis

Instructor: Gary Marquez
Ages 4-5 years old
Dates: Saturdays, September 8, 15, 22, 29 
Time: 9:00 – 9:30 am
Location: Schwartz Park
Fee: $35 

Pee Wee Tennis

Instructor: Gary Marquez
Ages: 6-8 years old 
Dates: Saturdays, September 8, 15, 22, 29 
Time: 9:30 - 10:15 am
Location: Schwartz Park
Fee: $35
Code: PEE.PWEF18

Youth Tennis Lessons

Instructor: Gary Marquez
Ages: 9-13 years old
Dates: Saturdays, September 8, 15, 22, 29
Time: 10:15 - 11:15 am
Location: Schwartz Park
Fee: $35
Code: YOTH.TNF18

Youth Coed Informal Volleyball

Grades 4-6
Day: Wednesday
Dates: September 12, 19, 26; October 3, 10
Time: 6:00 - 7:15 pm
Location: Ellington Middle School
Fee: $25
Min. 8, Max 16


Program Coordinator: Dan Dryburgh
Boys and Girls, Grades 3-8
Wednesdays: 5:30 - 7:00 pm, Sept. 12 - Oct. 24, 2018
Saturdays: 9:00 -10:30 am, Sept. 8 - Oct. 27, 2018
Fee: $10
Code: CrossC.Fall18
Location: Ellington High School Track
The Fall Cross Country program is designed as a "training program" for the upcoming Ellington and Manchester Road Races, but with emphasis on fun and exercise? New and returning coaches are welcome to participate. Please contact Bob Tedford at (860) 870-3118. 

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.

Outdoor (park) Educational offerings

@Batz Property 97 Shenipsit Street
Encourage your child to learn about the joys and benefits of gardening, with “hands-on” opportunities while promoting healthy eating habits. Program will utilize gardening, stories and arts & crafts, to allow your child to experience nature while discovering the cycles of life. Age appropriate “cooking” skills will be introduced in order to provide children motivation to try fresh fruits and vegetables while encouraging a healthy and sustainable lifestyle.
Preschool (3-5years) 
75 minute sessions for 6 weeks
Saturday mornings 11:00 am- 12:30 pm
Dates: April 21, 28; May 5, 12, 19, 26
School Age (6 – 10 years)
1 hour sessions, Saturday morning 6 weeks at the Recreation Office @ 31 Arbor Way 
10:00 am – 11:15 am
Fee: $20.00

“Learning to Cook”

Encourage your child to learn about the joys and benefits of gardening, with “hands-on” opportunities. Program will focus on what to do in the garden in late spring and summer. Age appropriate “cooking “skills will be introduced while learning about how to utilize produce available. 
1 hour sessions for 6 weeks
Ages: 9-12 
Location: 31 Arbor Way with field trips to the Batz Community Garden at 97 Shenipsit Street in Ellington TBD, Schedule will be determined based on interest level.
Fee: $20.00

Summer Art VentURES

Ages 5-12 June 25-29, Ages 5-10 July 30-August 3rd.  9-noon at Ellington Middle School.  Click Here for more details