June 30, 2020
Your semi-monthly Recreation activities information.
GREETINGS,

We hope that you and your families are in good health and enjoying the start of summer. In Parks and Recreation, we have had to learn a new way to operate our programs and facilities and have made progress in reopening some facilities and offering some programs. In most cases, participation numbers are limited and additional safety precautions, such as wearing masks and social distancing, are being followed.

Kamp Kairphree and Adventurers kicked-off this week. Only limited openings remain in session 2 of Adventurers. Tennis clinics for youth and adults are now underway and we have added more in August! Revised information is available for summer swim lessons and summer baseball. This year's summer concert series will be drive-in. Also, our Sandblast Festival will be a season long contest. Updates on athletic fields, ferry service, the Town pool, and other operations are found below.

The Parks and Recreation Office at Town Hall is only open by appointment. Most business can be done online. Office staff are available by email. Feel free to contact us. Both the Eastern and Western Civic Centers, the Dorothy Hamill Skating Rink, and both the Cos Cob and William Yantorno Community Centers are still closed.

Best Regards,
Sue Snyder, Recreation Superintendent
Program adjustments have been made to comply with COVID-19 restrictions. Please refer to the registration flyer.

For helpful information from the National Alliance for Youth Sports, click here.
Summer Baseball
Registration for Summer Baseball is limited now. Ages 6 through 9 are co-ed programs, and ages 10 through 12 is a program for boys. Ages 6&7 participate in an instructional coach-pitch program. The program for ages 8&9 is a combined player & coach pitching as well as instruction during game play. The program for ages 10-12 is player pitch with formal playing structure and rules. Emphasis will be on skill advancement in baseball.
Summer Swim Lessons
Registration is open for youth Summer Swim Lessons to be held at the Town Pool in Byram Park. Eight one-half hour lessons will be held on Mondays through Thursdays for two weeks. Fridays are reserved for rain make-ups. There are three, two-week sessions.
For those enrolling in Goldfish or Level I classes, a parent/guardian must participate in the water with the child. We request only ONE adult to accompany the participant to class. No additional adults or children, please.
Other program adjustments have been made to comply with COVID-19 restrictions. Please refer to the registration flyer.
The 2020 Wednesday Night Concert Series will be held in the Horseneck Lane Commuter Lot at the corner of Arch Street. Concerts will be held on 5 consecutive Wednesday nights from 7:15 p.m. - 8:45 p.m. beginning July 8.
Please arrive between 6:30-7:00 p.m. and follow the directions of the parking attendants who will instruct you where to park. Spots are limited; people will be parked on a first come, first serve basis. Please remain in your cars to listen to the music.
For weather postponement or cancellation information, call 203-861-6100 after 4:00 p.m. the day of the show.
The 2020 Sandblast will be a Sand Sculpture Contest via photo submissions. Throughout the summer, create your best sand sculpture and submit a photo for an opportunity to win a prize. Read more. Thank you to our sponsor, LOGOS!
Tennis Courts Re-opening - Revised
As of Friday, June 12, the tennis courts at Byram, Bruce, Binney, and Loughlin Avenue Parks and Greenwich High School, Central Middle School and Eastern Middle School are open, weather permitting, on a daily basis from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. subject to the following rules:

  • Social distancing of at least 6 feet must be maintained at all times when on the property including in the parking lot. Immediately leave the property after your visit.
  • Everyone must have a cloth face covering or higher level of protection whenever close contact is unavoidable while using the park/school facilities.
  • Singles and doubles tennis is permitted. Pickleball is permitted at Loughlin Avenue courts.
  • Since there are limited courts available, we strongly recommend that everyone makes a reservation before playing.
  • Residents with a valid 2020 tennis pass may reserve a court online, one day in advance at: www.greenwichct.gov/webtrac
  • Up until July 5, residents who have not yet obtained a 2020 pass, but do have a 2019 tennis pass, may email a request for a court reservation up until 3 p.m. three days in advance of the desired play date to: tennis@greenwichct.org
  • A valid 2020 tennis pass will be required as of July 6, 2020. Tennis day passes are not available at this time.
  • In addition to the above, all other regular tennis court rules apply
  • Town of Greenwich tennis court monitors will be at the courts to ensure rule compliance by all players.
For your health and safety, please follow the Player Tips and Recommendations of the USTA. Download a tennis flyer.

Tennis Clinic Instruction for youth and adults has begun. As many classes are already full, we have added more clinics in August. We will be reducing the class size to half of the usual rate, with only 6 participants per class. Registration is open online. Additional information on tennis can be found on our website.
Greenwich Skatepark
The skatepark is now open weekdays from 3:30-7 p.m. and weekends from 12:30-7 p.m., weather permitting. Access to the skatepark is subject to the following rules. Aside from the normal safety equipment required for skaters, face masks are also required to be worn. Plus, there is a limit of 8 skaters in the park at one time. More information can be found here.
Click here for Summer Ramp Camps and Clinics registration form.
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.
Withdrawal Policy for Recreation Activities Other Than Day Camps
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 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.
Greenwich Seniors

The Greenwich Senior Center is currently closed. Their July Newsletter can be found on the Town website, along with other valuable information from the Commission on Aging.
Greenwich Farmers Market

The Greenwich Farmers Market is open for the 2020 season each Saturday, through November at the Horseneck Lane commuter lot at the corner of Arch Street. Hours for shoppers are from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Due to the coronavirus, the following is required:
Only one or two family members should come to the market. Social Distancing must be practiced. Customers must wear masks and gloves. Observe entrance and exit signs.
Your cooperation is needed in order for the market to operate in a safe shopping environment. To pre-order from certain vendors and for important information, please visit their website.
Non-Discrimination and Event Accessibility

The Town complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding non-discrimination, equal opportunity, affirmative action, and providing reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities. If you require an accommodation to participate, please contact the Director of Human Services at 203-622-3800 or Alan.Barry@GreenwichCT.org as soon as possible or at least 10 days in advance of the event.
It is the Town of Greenwich’s policy to provide full, equal and nondiscriminatory access to its park facilities, beaches and recreation areas in accordance with applicable state and federal laws. The Town’s park facilities, beaches and recreation areas are open to all Town residents and other members of the general public admitted thereto in accordance with, and subject to, applicable state and federal laws, and ordinances, and regulations promulgated by the Director of Parks and Recreation and the Selectmen. It is the policy of the Town of Greenwich that all Town ordinances, regulations, policies and rules with respect to the Town’s park facilities, beaches and recreation areas are applied consistently without regard to race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, lawful source of income, mental retardation, mental disability or physical disability, including but not limited to blindness or deafness or any other legally protected classification.
Greenwich Parks & Recreation | Recreation Division | 203-618-7649 | Recreation@greenwichct.org