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.



New Concert Added - August 12 - The Rolling Beat (click here for details)


Click Here for our 2018 Schedule

 Day Trips

Day Trips 2018: 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!  Check our website for more details www.parkrec.ellington-ct.gov


Departure time: 7:00 AM
Return time: approx. 10:30 PM
Fee: $68 per person (bus transportation only)
Enjoy a day in the "Big Apple" with friends and family.
Bus drop-offs/pick-ups in NYC will be determined by the driver on the day of the trip.

​COACHES vs. cancer tennis event

EHS Tennis Coaches Rich Willis and Micah Fox would like to extend an invitation to come to Ellington’s Schwartz Park (next to the high school) at the new Tennis Pavilion for a Coaches vs. Cancer tennis event on Sunday, June 10 at 4:00.  Come play tennis, see our new pavilion, enjoy refreshments, challenge the coaches, challenge EHS team members, challenge your family members & friends. Details HERE.  

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.

American Heart Association FA/CPR/AED Coaches Certification

Register on the Adult Programs page at parkrec.ellington-ct.gov under
CPR & FA - Click on “Register Here” 
Location:  31 Arbor Way   Fee: NA
The Recreation Department has two certified AED/First Aid/CPR Instructors, Allison Breen & Kristen Wasielewski, on staff. New classes have been scheduled that will allow all Ellington coaches, athletic officials, program instructors, and staff of Ellington Recreation-sponsored sports and activities to get certified. Please understand that each coach is required to complete this training. Only six coaches are allowed per class. You are required to stay the entire time in order to receive your certification. 
Time: 5:00 pm-10:00 pm 
2018 Dates Available

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.

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