August 1, 2019
Your semi-monthly Recreation activities information.
GREETINGS!

Summer is in full swing! We are mid-way through our concert series; complete details are found below. Registration continues for some summer programs such as swim lessons, ramp camps and soccer. Private swim lessons are now offered at the Greenwich Pool in Byram Park. Registration for many fall sports programs for youth and adults has begun. For residents in financial need, scholarships are available for youth programs; read more below. For a listing of upcoming community events in August and September, click here. The BWGCC is hosting a movie night on Monday, August 19. Read about our successful Sandblast Sand Sculpture Contest.

Additional information on programs and facilities may be found on our website; please click on the button below! The Department reserves the right to photograph users of our facilities and activities for publicity purposes. 
Greenwich Recreation... We make your free time, fun time!

Best Regards,
Sue Snyder, Recreation Superintendent
Fall Adult Sports - Pickleball
& Volleyball

We have several opportunities for play for our pickleball enthusiasts. Indoor Pickleball is offered on two days per week at the EGCC in Old Greenwich. Outdoor Fall Pickleball is offered on Tuesdays at Loughlin Avenue Park in Cos Cob on the tennis courts. For those with limited or no pickleball experience, we offer Instructional Clinics on two days per week, also at Loughlin Avenue Park courts.

The fall season is also the start of our Co-ed Adult Volleyball League. An informational meeting will be held at the BWGCC in Glenville on Wednesday, September 4.
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Fall Youth Sports - Soccer, Softball, Field Hockey & Baseball

We have a variety of sports offered this fall for youth. Children ages 3-9 years old can play Co-ed Soccer on Saturdays at Benvenuto Field at Cos Cob Park. Also, in cooperation with Soccer Extreme we have a soccer program for youth ages 4-12 years old on Fridays.

Specifically for girls, we will be offering a new Fall Softball program for ages 10-13. Girls and boys in grades 1-8 can register to play Field Hockey which will be held on Sundays at Benvenuto Field at Cos Cob Park. For boys ages 8-12, we offer fall Baseball Clinics.

August Mini-Camps

We offer one remaining week of soccer held in cooperation with Soccer Extreme . The BWGCC will be hosting Mad Science Summer Programs for two separate weeks, Filmmakers Ink Camp for one remaining week and a FREE one-week Young Filmmakers and Journalists Workshop.
Summer Swim Group Lessons are offered for youth from ages four and up at the Greenwich Pool in Byram Park. Eight, one-half hour group lessons will be held on Mondays through Thursdays with a rain date of Friday, for two consecutive weeks. Register for classes running August 5-15. Private Swim Lessons are also available during the same days and times.
Download the flyer of of our Summer Concert Series. Wednesday night concerts will be held in Roger Sherman Baldwin Park at 7:15 p.m. with a rain date of the following Thursday. Please NO pets and NO grills.

August 7: Bearcats - Jazz
August 14: The LP's - Best of 70's & 80's
August 21: Billy and the Showmen - R&B
August 28: The Sun Kings - Beatles Tribute Band which was rained out on July 17 & 18

Dixieland Jazz Band Concert on the Sound on Sunday, August 18
Sound Beach Community Band at Binney Park on Sunday, August 25.
Summer Sports

In cooperation with Soccer Extreme, we are offering Summer Clinics for youth ages 4-12. Ages 4 and 5 play from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and ages 6-12 play from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. One week remains from August 5 - 9. Register now!

Adults who already know how to play pickleball can register for our Summer Pickleball program held at Loughlin Avenue Park. For all of the summer pickleball opportunities, click here.
Cos Cob Community Preschool

Registration is open for the Cos Cob Community Preschool 2019-2020 year. Classes are held Monday-Friday, and will operate for a longer day from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at 54 Bible Street in Cos Cob. The Preschool is licensed by the State of CT and is reasonably priced. For information, send an email.
Greenwich Skatepark

Save the date of Saturday, September 7 for the Go Skate Festival. The event is FREE, but participants must register.

Through August, the Skatepark is open weekdays from 3:30 - 7 p.m. and weekends 12:30 - 7 p.m. Download a schedule of hours and fees. The park is located at the foot of Arch Street. We have Information on Summer Ramp Camps, too. For weather issues call 203-496-9876.
Eastern Greenwich Civic Center

The EGCC has several on-going programs including Stroller Strides, Greenwich Archery, Wednesday Painters, Pickleball, and more. Call 203-637-4583 for open gym hours. Coming in September: Friday night roller skating, Tiny Tots Consignment Sale, and a Model Train Show. For more information, download our August Newsletter. The EGCC will close early on some days in August, so please call prior to coming.

The EGCC 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 email. Download a Civic Center Brochure. The EGCC is located at 90 Harding Road in Old Greenwich.
Bendheim Western Civic Center

During the summer, BWGCC is hosting Filmmakers Ink programs and a FREE one-week Young Filmmakers and Journalists Workshop. BWGCC also hosts Mad Science Summer Programs plus many programs of The Dance Pointe throughout the year. This fall, Sew Happy is back with sewing classes for children ages 8 and up.

Co-ed Adult Volleyball is available on a drop-in basis on Thursday evenings from 7 - 9 p.m. Yoga classes and Zumba classes are offered on several weekdays at varying times. Boot Camp sessions are available Tuesdays and Thursdays. Pickleball is offered for adults on a drop-in basis on Wednesday evenings 7-9 p.m. and Sunday afternoons from 3:30-5:30 p.m.

Open gym hours are available; see the schedule on our website. For general program information, download the BWGCC Brochure. The BWGCC is available for rent and located at 449 Pemberwick Road; phone 203-532-1259.
Dorothy Hamill Indoor Turf

Looking for a place to hold a sports practice or birthday party? The Dorothy Hamill Rink is available for indoor turf rentals now through mid-August by reservation. The turf can be used for lacrosse, soccer, whiffle ball, flag football, T-ball, and more. If you are interested, please email. The rate is $50 per hour as of July 1.

Greenwich Farmers' Market

The Greenwich Farmers' Market is open for the season at the commuter parking lot on the corner of Arch Street and Horseneck Lane. The market will be held on Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Remember to bring your reusable shopping bags. Commuters, do not park in the first several rows adjacent to Arch Street on Saturday mornings!
National Alliance for Youth Sports

Greenwich Recreation is a member organization of NAYS. We provide free training through the NAYS website to our staff and volunteers and any resident interested in learning how to make sports better for youth. For their latest news and updates, including the key to keeping girls playing sports and competing with confidence, click here. For more information on how to obtain free training, email the Recreation Superintendent.
Scholarships for Youth

The Parks and Recreation Scholarship Program provides financial assistance to income eligible resident families for participation in youth activities. Scholarship applications must be submitted a minimum of 3 weeks prior to the start of the program.
Special Recreation

The Stamford JCC offers many inclusive programs throughout the year. Call 203-487-0946 for information.

Abilis meets the needs of people with developmental disabilities. Their events are posted on their website calendar.

Greenwich Special Olympics offers sports training and competition for children and adults with intellectual or physical challenges.
Senior Center News

The Commission on Aging, manages the Greenwich Senior Center located at 299 Greenwich Avenue, which has many wonderful recreation programs. Download the August newsletter.
Griffith E. Harris Golf Course

The Griffith E. Harris Golf Course is open for the season! For information, call 203-531-7200 or email. Check out their website.

The Backcountry Bar & Grill is open at the Griff. For menu options and hours of operation, visit their website.
Credit & 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.
Parks and Recreation Foundation
The Greenwich Parks and 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 509 (a)(1).
Through the Parks & Recreation Foundation, one is able to donate to the Parks and Recreation Scholarship Fund.
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 emails notifying you of changes. The hotline phone # is updated before the website.
Parks & Recreation Department Wide News...
The Parks and Recreation Office at Town Hall is generally open for business hours on weekdays from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. 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 in September; there is no August meeting. Much additional information can be found by viewing the Parks and Recreation page of the Town Website.

J oseph Siciliano, Director of Parks and Recreation
Greenwich Parks & Recreation | Recreation Division | 203-618-7649 | Recreation@greenwichct.org