Recreation Newsletter

Department of Parks & Recreation

Town of Greenwich, CT

September 7, 2017

As summer season enters the rear view mirror, we shift to fall program mode.  The Special Events List for September to October is posted.   See below for information on several fall sports programs for youth or adults; registration is now open.

The  new Greenwich S katepark  is open for the fall season.   Also, the Dorothy Hamill Skating Rink   is open on a limited basis and registration for fall programs is being accepted now.  

For questions on any of our programs, please email the Recreation Division at .  Plu s, much sports information can be found on our Recreation Sports Website  in addition to the Town Website .  
Greenwich Recreation...  we make your free time, fun time!

Best regards,
Sue Snyder,  Recreation Superintendent
National Alliance for Youth Sports
Member Organization
Greenwich Parks and Recreation is pleased to announce that we are now a Member Organization of the National Alliance for Youth Sports. Our staff and volunteers who work with our youth sports programs will have access to NAYS Coach Online Training.
Part 1 gives an overview of a coach's role and responsibilities in youth sports including important aspects such as teaching sportsmanship, building confidence, the role of winning, injury prevention, youth sports violence, conditioning and stretching, and more.
Part 2 covers drills, skills and fundamentals of each specific sport.
Part 3 requires coaches agree to and sign a Code of Ethics for coaches. 

Dorothy Hamill Skating RinkDHSR
The Dorothy Hamill Skating Rink is open on a limited basis will a full public schedule beginning October 9.  Registration for Fall Skate School and Youth Hockey has begun. The brochure with complete information on rink programs, hours of operation, fees, and more is available here.  Download a program class listing, a mail in or in person registration form and important information on concussion safety.  For a list of stick and puck sessions, click here.  
The Dorothy Hamill Skating Rink is located on Sue Merz Way, off Sherman Avenue; phone (203) 531-8560.
NEW !! Greenwich Skatepark
Grand REopening September 9 skatepark
We are pleased to announce the opening of the new concrete skatepark located at 100 Arch Street.  Sign up to participate in free fun events at the Grand Reopening celebration on September 9.

Additionally, children ages 6 to 12 years old can register to participate in our Fall Skateboard Clinics.
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Fall Field Hockey registration is available in person only.  Sections A2 and A3 are closed.  There has been a change in the schedule.  Grades 1&2 (A1) have the option to play Saturdays at 8 AM or Sundays at 2 PM.  Grades 7&8 (A4) play Sunday afternoons.  

Boys ages 8-12 can participate in a Fall Baseball Clinic for eight sessions.  Experienced instruction will be provided outdoors in September and October.  A new section was added on Thursdays to accommodate additional players.  Register in person.
Fall Pickleball registration is open for  adults. Register for one, two, or three days per week of play at EGCC.

Adults can still join a coed volleyball team. Play is Tuesday evenings at Western Middle School.  Contact Frank Gabriele

Registration has begun for residents for Platform Tennis.  The courts at Loughlin Avenue will open early this year on September 30.

Fall Soccer soccer
Registration is open on a limited basis in person only for Fall Soccer for youth. Sections A1 and A2 are full.  Play will be held on eight Saturdays at Havemeyer fields behind Town Hall.  This program will focus on the fundamentals of soccer, which include passing, dribbling, trapping, and shooting through skill work and modified games .

Super Soccer Stars will be running some youth soccer programs in the fall. Ages 6-8 will meet from 4:00 to 5:00 PM on Fridays and ages 9-12 will meet from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM on Saturdays, both at Loughlin Avenue field. Download the flyer  for more information or call (914) 681-7171.    Register online   .
Eastern Greenwich Civic Center EGCC
The EGCC has much lined up for September including children's art classes, model train show, roller skating, and more.  Next week is the Tiny Tots Consignment Sale.  Registration is open for fall pickleball.   For additional information on these and other programs and events, see our September Newsletter .  

5th Annual ONSF 5K Run/Walk & Expo - Sunday, Sept. 17th
Event will take place at the Eastern Greenwich Civic Center.  Proceeds to benefit ONSF research Unraveling the Opioid Epidemic in Post-Surgical Patients.  Click here to learn more and register!

The Civic Center has rooms of varying sizes available to rent for your next party, meeting, or class!  Call us at (203) 637-4583 or contact us by e-mail .  The EGCC is located at 90 Harding Road in Old Greenwich.  
BWGCCBendheim Western Greenwich Civic Center
Jay and Ray Music  has classes for ages 6 months to 4 years old.     BWGCC has other fun programs for youth including, Just Wee Two and the many programs of The Dance Pointe.  

Adults can participate in Zumba classes. Open Coed Adult Volleyball  is held Tuesdays from 7:30-9:00 PM; the drop-in fee is $4 per evening.  Those interested in joining a team to play in the Coed Volleyball League can contact Frank Gabriele.   Adults can drop-in to play Pickleball; see the  Pickleball schedule    KG Fitness Boot Camp class will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Register for one or both evenings. 

The BWGCC is available for rent, see rooms and rates.  Note our  Holiday Schedule.  For other general program information, download the  WGCC Brochure.  The BWGCC is located at 449 Pemberwick Road, phone (203) 532-1259.
Griffith E. Harris Golf Course  Griff
Griffith E. Harris Golf Course is very proud to announce 

that the Metropolitan Golf Association, which is a region of the PGA, has selected our course to hold their 2018 Public Links Championship.  That is a testament to the quality of our course and the reputation that it has!  The date for the 36 hole tournament is June 20, 2018. 
Birdies, the restaurant at The Griff, is open.   For information, call (203) 717-0678 or check out their  facebook page.

Parks & Recreation DeptWideNews

Department Wide News .....

For those who take the ferry and use the Arch Street parking lot, we have important information to share and a map to show the designated parking areas at the lot.  Please see the Ferry Users Guide to Arch Street Parking. 


Binney Park is under going a pond maintenance dredging and bank restoration project this summer.  Click here for a press release from the Engineering Division of DPW.


For information on park, beach, and tennis passes, click here.  You can also call (203) 622-7817 or email  For complete information on rules and regulations of Parks and Recreation, click here for the Greenwich Town Code, Chapter 7.


The next meeting of the Board of Parks and Recreation will be Wednesday, September 27 at 6:30 PM at Town Hall.  Much additional information can be found by viewing the Parks and Recreation page of the Town Website.  

Joseph Siciliano, Director
Greenwich Parks and Recreation 

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In This Issue
National Alliance for Youth Sports
Dorothy Hamill Skating Rink
Greenwich Skatepark
Fall Sports
Fall Soccer
Eastern Greenwich CC
Bendheim Western Greenwich CC
Griffith E. Harris Golf
Halloween Happenings
Conservation Commission
Senior Center News
Parks & Recreation Foundation
Greenwich Farmer's Market
Special Recreation
Weather Cancellation Information
Recreation Credit & Refund Policy
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Halloween Happenings

Friday, October 27

Tickets are on sale for our annual  Halloween Happenings . Children must be accompanied by an adult.  Child tickets are $10 and adults $8 each.  Tickets will NOT be sold at the door and are limited.  Do not delay in purchasing tickets. Download the registration form.   We wish to thank our sponsors: Code 20 Apparel,  Meli-MeloPepsico, and Valley Pediatrics.
Greenwich Conservation Commission

The Greenwich Conservation Commission will offer a whole-day program on organic approaches to property maintenance on October 18 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM at the Garden Education Center, 130 Bible Street in Cos Cob.  For more information on the program and registration, click here.

Senior Center News

The Greenwich Senior Center has many programs and services available.  Please click here  for the   September 2017   issue of  The Lantern.   
Parks & Recreation Foundation PRFoundation
The Greenwich Parks & Recreation Foundation was set up to receive donations, allowing the community citizens and businesses an avenue to donate to the Town of Greenwich Parks & Recreation projects and  programs.  The foundation is a 501(c)(3).  For more information and to donate, visit the Foundation website .
Through the Parks & Recreation Foundation, one is able to donate to the Parks & Recreation Scholarship Fund.

Greenwich Farmers Market

The  Greenwich Farmers Market is open for the 2017 season.  It will be open every Saturday from 9:30 AM to 1:00 PM through November at the commuter parking lot on the corner of Arch Street and Horseneck Lane.  Download a flyer.
Special Recreation
The Stamford JCC has several  fall recreation inclusion programs offered.
Greenwich Special Olympics  offers sports training and competition for children and adults with intellectual or physical challenges.  Read more.

Abilis  meets the needs of people with developmental disabilities throughout their lives.  Abilis works in schools, civic organizations, and with families throughout Fairfield County.  Their events are posted on their website calendar .

Weather Cancellation Information
Please make note of the Recreation Division's weather cancellation hotline phone # (203) 861-6100.  Information regarding cancellations and closures is also posted on our Recreation Sports Website , where you can also sign up to get text alerts and/or e-mails notifying you of changes. 

Recreation Credit and Refund Policy
Credit requests for recreation program registration will be considered if received in writing prior to the start of the program.  There is a $15.00 administrative fee for credits.
The general policy of the Recreation Division is that we do not process refunds unless a program has been cancelled.  Please read all registration information carefully and contact us prior to registering for a program if you have any questions.