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.


Girls Competitive Friday Night Lights Basketball Games at Brookside Park

Friday evenings, September 7 through October 5, 2018
Team configuration will change week to week and there will be officials to monitor the games. 
Grades 5&6 from 5:30-6:45 pm
Grades 7&8 from 6:45-8:00 pm
Min.12/Max. 28
Fee: $35.00 

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 Mary Bartley 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 –


Jukido - All skill levels welcome

Instructor: Paul Ward
SESSION 1 - Mondays, September 10, 17, 24, Oct. 1 15,
22, 29
Time: 6:30-7:30 pm 
Fee: $42 for 7 class session
Location: Center School

SESSION 2 - Mondays,  November 12, 19, 26, Dec. 3, 10, 17
Time: 6:30-7:30 pm
Fee: $36 for 6 class session
Location: Center School

YOUTH TENNIS PROGRAMS (fall outdoor)  

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 Mary Bartley 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.