Recreation Newsletter

Department of Parks & Recreation

Town of Greenwich, CT

September 28, 2017

Fall has officially arrived, and with it many fun fall activities.    See below for information on several fall sports programs for adults.  Tickets are selling fast for Halloween Happenings.  Don't wait, get yours now before they are sold out! 

Save the dates!!   Brunch with Santa will be held on Sunday, November 26.  Tickets will go on sale October 9.  Also, mark your calendar for Wednesday, December 13 for the presentation of the play "A Christmas Carol" to be held at the BWGCC.  Tickets go on sale November 1.

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
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.  The rink is equipped with Live Barn, which can broadcast sporting events taking place at the rink.  Use the promo code e0a9-56d7 to get a 10% discount off the fee.
Greenwich Skatepark   skatepark
 We are pleased to announce the opening of the new concrete skatepark located at 100 Arch Street. We held our grand re-opening celebration on September 9.  Free lessons and a friendly competition with prizes were held for all ages.  Pictured below are Leonardo, Luca, Lorenzo, and Liam Corsano of Old Greenwich, shown with a skateboard raffle prize from 2nd Nature Skate Shop.  We wish to thank all our sponsors, including Chillybear, Clouds, Vapor, Lounge, and Utopia Skate Shop.
Photo courtesy of Saskia Reilly. 

Fall Sports racquetsports

Fall Pickleball registration is open for  adults. Register for one, two, or three days per week of play at EGCC.  Drop in play is always available; whereby participants pay each time they attend.

Registration is underway for adults to play   Platform Tennis.  The courts at Loughlin Avenue will open early this year on September 30.

Adults can still join a coed volleyball team. Play is Tuesday evenings at Western Middle School.  Contact Frank Gabriele.
Eastern Greenwich Civic Center EGCC
The EGCC has much lined up for October including the Health & Wellness Expo on October 5, CT Deaf Expo on October 14, children's art classes, Friday night roller skating, and more.   Registration is still open for fall pickleball.   For additional information on these and other programs and events, see our October Newsletter.        

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
BWGCC is offering a few youth sports programs for fall.  Indoor Field Hockey will be held for grades 1-5 on Sundays.  Registration begins October 9.  On October 2, registration begins for  Youth Basketball Clinics for ages 5 through 10.    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.
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. 

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. 

Mini Twilight Golf:  5:00 PM to close, as many holes as you can play.  Members $11.00; non-members $15.00 every day.
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 .....


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, October 25 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
Dorothy Hamill Skating Rink
Greenwich Skatepark
Fall Sports
Eastern Greenwich CC
Bendheim Western Greenwich CC
National Alliance for Youth Sports
Griffith E. Harris Golf
Halloween Happenings
Conservation Commission
Health Department News
Parks & Recreation Foundation
Greenwich Farmer's Market
Special Recreation
Weather Cancellation Information
Recreation Credit & Refund Policy
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Halloween HappeningsHallHapp

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 is offering a Healthy Yards Workshop 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.
Health Department News
The Greenwich Health Department has important information to share regarding the 2017-2018 influenza season, read more.  Also, download their Influenza, Pneumonia and Adult Vaccine Immunization Clinic Schedule for 2017.
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 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
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.