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.

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 Day Trips - Registration Opens April 1, 2019


Day Trips 2019: 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 those registered 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! 

Boston Red Sox vs. Tampa Bay Rays - Sunday, June 9, 2019 at 1:05 pm
 Enjoy a fun filled day at Fenway Park. Bus departs at 10:00 am and will stop 
 along the way (at approx. 10:45 am) for a cookout which includes: hot dogs, 
 hamburgers, sausage and peppers, assorted salads, chips, water and soda. 
 Expected arrival at 12:30 pm. Returning approx. 2.5 hours after end of game.
 Fee: $150.00 per person includes transportation, game ticket, and pregame cookout.             Seating located in Outfield Grandstand #1.  Registration Deadline: May 31, 2019
 Register early tickets are limited.
 
James Taylor at Tanglewood - Thursday, July 4, 2019 at 8:00 pm
Tanglewood presents James Taylor with his extraordinary band of musicians.  
Fireworks will follow the concert.  Register early. Tickets are expected to sell out.
There will not be a stop on the way to Tanglewood in Lenox MA. Show starts at
8:00 pm. The grounds open at 5:30 pm. There are plenty of places to buy dinner
inside, but you're welcome to bring in food, coolers, wine, etc. There is no cooking
on the grounds.
Bus departs at 3:00 pm and will return approx. midnight (2 hours
after the fireworks are over).
Fee: $69.00 per person, includes coach bus transportation, driver gratuity, and 
lawn ticket to the show. Limited seats available per town so register early.
 Registration Deadline: June 20, 2019. 

Vine to Wine in Vermont - Sunday, September 1, 2019
Journey to Vermont for a unique experience! Spend some time at Vermont Distillers, who are best known for their unique lines of liqueurs and vodkas. Enjoy the famous 100-mile view from atop Hogback Mountain Scenic Overlook.Then you will stop at Honora Winery & Vineyards to enjoy a "Vine to Wine" tour, in addition to a tasting of the Vineyard's own wines.
For lunch enjoy a traditional Polish buffet before visiting the Grafton Village Cheese Company, where you'll experience the art of Vermont cheese making and peruse their company store. Departure time: 7:45 am, returning at 7:45 pm. 
Fee: $111 per person. Registration Deadline: Monday, July 29.
 

 
   

Second Annual Jacob Roger Poulin Foundation (3 vs.3) Soccer Jamboree


Monday, October 8 at Brookside Park from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Fee: $100 per team, Fee after October 3 $125 per team
Tournament registration forms available at Recreation Department, 31 Arbor Way
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Ellington Family Fall Festival

Saturday, November 3  (Hosted by Recreation Department and Rise Above)
9:00 am - 12:00 Noon, Brookside Park Pavilion (Rain Date: November 4)
Come celebrate Autumn with this line up of exciting events: Decorate a pumpkin, art/craft activity, face paining, and sack races. Pre-registration required online or at the Recreation Office.
Family Fee: $10, Walk-in Fee: $5 per person

7th Annual Ellington Family Road Races

Saturday, November 3 (Presented by the Recreation Department, Ellington Volunteer Fire Department and the Ellington Athletic Booster Club.
Saturday, November 3, 9:00 am - 11:00 am, Brookside Park (Rain Date: Nov. 4)
Fees: 5K Course: $20 (18+), $15 under 18; 3K Youth Run: $10; 5K Team of 4: $75
Kid's Fun Run: Free
Register through Activenet on-line system.
All times for the 5K and 3K will be monitored and recorded by Platt Systems

Hunter K. Giroux 2018 Memorial Travel Basketball Tournament


The 2018 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 Ellington Parks & Recreation Commission. Hunter's energy and zeal for competition, and his caring and supportive approach to every athlete regardless of ability were genuine trademarks.  Please make an attempt to catch a game.  The level of play in the 8th grade division is worth the price of admission! 
December 27 and 28 at Ellington Middle School (Snow date: Dec. 29)  An updated schedule will be posted in early November.
To place an advertisement in the program brochure, please contact Mary Bartley at (860) 870-3118 no later than Dec. 20.  All proceeds will benefit Ellington Recreation Programming.
Concessions will be available.
  

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.
  

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.
   

   

    

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