Recreation Newsletter

Department of Parks & Recreation

Town of Greenwich, CT



May 15, 2017
 

Welcome to Spring!  The Special Events List for May to June is now posted.  I'd like to highlight the  Jim Fixx Memorial Day 5 Mile Road Race on Monday, May 29.  The 2017 Summer Concert Series calendar is posted. The  Fireworks  date has been set for July 1.
 
Summer Day Camp program registration is on-going; discounted early bird rates are only available through May 31.   We have several opportunities for tennis and pickleball, read below.
 
Although ice skating has ended at the Dorothy Hamill Rink, the indoor turf is now available to be rented.  You can host a birthday party or sports program of lacrosse, soccer, whiffle ball, flag football, t-ball, or more.
The Greenwich Skatepark will not be open for this spring season.  A new concrete park will soon be under construction and should open in July.

For questions on any of our programs, please email the Recreation Division at recreation@greenwichct.org .  The office at Town Hall is open weekdays, 8 AM to 4 PM, CLOSED Monday, May 29 for MEMORIAL DAY . Plus, 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
Racquet Sports racquetsports
Tennis and Pickleball


Pickleball lines are painted on Christiano Tennis Courts and Loughlin Avenue Tennis Courts.  Pickleball players with a valid  tennis pass may reserve  those courts to play pickleball or tennis.   Players  can register  to play  on  the platform tennis courts at Loughlin Avenue Park.  For all the options of summer pickleball play, click here.
  
The Summer Schedule for Tennis is available and registration has begun.  Youth and adult tennis clinic instruction will be held in June, July and early August.  For information on tennis court use and tennis passes, click here. Information is also available for the Town Tennis Tournament.
  
Jim Fixx Memorial Day 5 Mile Run JimFixx
And Kid's 1/2 Mile Run

The 53rd Annual Jim Fixx Memorial Day 5 Mile Road Race will be held on Monday, May 29 beginning at 8:15 AM for ages 12 years and older.  There will also be a Kid's 1/2 Mile Run on the Havemeyer Track, following the 5 Mile Race, for middle school-aged youth and younger.

 

Awards:  Overall and 5 year age group awards for the 5 mile race; medals to all children through middle school years in the 1/2 mile run plus awards to top three ages 8 and younger and top three ages 9 and older. 

 

Fees:  $30 pre-registration, $40 race day registration for 5 mile race.

$15 for kids 1/2 mile run.   

 

Registration:  Register on-line now!  In person pre-registration is available at Threads and Treads store on 17 E. Putnam Avenue, Greenwich.  Race day registration is available at the Greenwich Senior Center at 299 Greenwich Avenue between 6:45 AM and 7:45 AM.

 

Summer Day Camps summercamps
Early Bird Registration on Now
Online registration began April 1 for three day camps for youth.  Early Bird registration at a discounted fee rate is available for residents through May 31 only.  Camp sections do fill up, so register early!

Kamp Kairphree  is a co-ed program for children ages 5-12.  It operates weekdays from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM out of the Eastern Greenwich Civic Center.  There are four sessions of two weeks each. Read more.

Adventurers is a co-ed program for ages 8-15 that runs from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, weekdays.  The on-site location is the Bendheim Western Greenwich Civic Center, and there are weekly special field trips.  There are two sessions totaling seven weeks.
  
Music and Art   is for students who have completed 3rd grade to 8th grade by June 2017.  It will be held for 5 weeks at Greenwich High School. Experience is required for Senior and Junior Band and Senior and Junior String sections.  No experience is needed for Beginning Band or Art sections.  Afternoon Art is only open to those who participate in morning music sections.   

Summer Soccer soccer
Super Soccer Stars will be running our youth soccer programs in the summer.  Session 1 will be from Monday, July 24 to Friday, July 28 and Session 2 will be Monday, July 31 to Friday, August 4.  Ages 4-5 will meet from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM and ages 6-12 will meet from 9:00 AM to 12:00 noon.  The programs will be held at Loughlin Avenue Field. Download the flyer for more information or call (914) 681-7171.    Register online using the username: TOG and password: SOCCER .



Eastern Greenwich Civic Center EGCC
The EGCC has many activities planned including, Pickleball Roller Skating on Friday nights,  Wednesday Painters Group, Archery Team,   Good Dog Training Classes  and more.  Coming up in June will be the Red Cross Safety Town, Dance for Cancer Cure Fundraiser, and Teak Furniture Sale.  For additional information on these and other programs, see our   May 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
We have several opportunities for summer fun.  Filmmakers Ink has two one-week programs for youth; the Dance Pointe has summer sessions for youth; and Sew Happy is a one-week sewing camp .Information is available for Summer Basketball; registration begins in June.  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.    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
Griffith E. Harris opened for play on April 3.  The restaurant is having its kitchen renovated which turned out to be more extensive than expected.  In the interim, coffee, tea, muffins, bagels, soft drinks, crackers, and more are available for purchase.
For more information on "the Griff", visit their website.

Parks & Recreation DeptWideNews

Department Wide News .....

As a reminder, when registering for programs or reserving facilities for the first time in 2017, each Greenwich household will need to provide proper proof of residency for the new year.

 

For information on park, beach, and tennis passes, click here.  You can also call (203) 622-7817 or email gnpnr@greenwichct.org.  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, May 31 at 6:30 PM.  Much additional information can be found by viewing the Parks and Recreation page of the Town Website.  Office hours at Town Hall are weekdays, 8 AM to 4 PM, CLOSED Monday, May 29 for Memorial Day.

     
Joseph Siciliano, Director
Greenwich Parks and Recreation 

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In This Issue
Racquet Sports
Jim Fixx Memorial Day 5 Mile Race
Summer Day Camps
Summer Soccer
Eastern Greenwich CC
Bendheim Western Greenwich CC
Griffith E. Harris Golf
Lifeguards Wanted
Cos Cob Preschool
Senior Center News
Parks & Recreation Foundation
Greenwich Farmer's Market
Special Recreation
Weather Cancellation Information
Recreation Credit & Refund Policy
Lifeguards Wanted
Parks and Recreation is hiring  lifeguards for the upcoming  beach season.   Apply online.
Cos Cob Preschoolpreschool
Register Now for 2017-18
Cos Cob Preschool, licensed by the State of CT, is for ages 3 and 4.  Classes are held Monday-Friday, 9:00 - 11:30 AM, and families may sign up for classes 3, 4, or 5 days per week.  Register   online now for 2017-18.
Quick Links
  

Senior Center News

The Greenwich Senior Center has many programs and services available.  Please click here  for the   May 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 Farmer's Market

The  Greenwich Farmer's Market opens for the 2017 on Saturday, May 20.  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.
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.
  Also, the Stamford JCC offers a unique summer experience for Pre-K to Kindergarteners and 3rd to 8th Graders with a variety of needs. Read more .
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.