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

As the leaves fall and clocks change, we are gearing up for indoor activities. Information is now available and registration begins soon for several indoor sports programs for youth and indoor pickleball for adults. These programs begin in January. In most cases, participation numbers are limited and additional safety precautions, such as wearing masks and social distancing, are required. In order to continue to successfully and safely operate, we need YOUR COOPERATION in following the rules.

In place of our usual holiday programs, we are hosting some COVID-safe alternatives. There are a few days left to submit a photo for the pumpkin decorating contest. Plus, beginning November 2, you may reserve a time slot to participate in our North Pole Stroll. Attendance will be limited.

The Parks and Recreation Office at Town Hall has reopened to the public weekdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. only. Most business can be done online. Office staff are available by email; feel free to contact us. Both the Eastern and Bendheim Western Greenwich Civic Centers are closed to the general public, but they have resumed programming. Only those persons registered for programs, and no more than one parent/guardian per youth participant will be admitted to the Civic Centers. The buildings are available for rent for meetings and for rent for recreation activities. No private parties for the time being. The Dorothy Hamill Skating Rink has re-opened for rental groups and our full public session schedule. More information is found below.

Best regards,
Sue Snyder, Recreation Superintendent
Greenwich Point Park Update
The First Selectman, in collaboration with his emergency management task force announces the managed update at Greenwich Point Park. Effective November 1, 2020, passes will be required through November 30, 2020. Access to Greenwich Point Park is subject to the rules here.

Drivers, bikers, walkers and joggers must show their 2020 park pass. Effective July 6, park passes will be required for all residents. The sale of single entry park passes and parking passes continues through November 30 in limited daily quantities. For further ticket sales information, click here.
Pumpkin Decorating Contest
Only a few days remain to pick out the perfect pumpkin and get it all dressed up for the season! The Town is holding a virtual contest for the best decorated pumpkin, just in time for Halloween. Photo submissions for the Pumpkin Decorating Contest can be submitted through November 6. We wish to thank our event sponsor, Valley Pediatrics.
Co-ed and Girls Basketball Programs
Co-ed Basketball Clinics will be held indoors this fall/winter. Youth in grades K through 5 may register to participate at the Eastern Greenwich Civic Center or youth in grades K through 4 may participate at Bendheim Western Greenwich Civic Center. A Girls Basketball Clinic will also be held at the Eastern Greenwich Civic Center. All programs will be held on Saturdays beginning November 14. COVID-19 program adjustments will be in place.
Dorothy Hamill Skating Rink
The skating rink is open to user groups, for public sessions, and lessons. The full Public Session Schedule is now in effect. For all rink activities, only one adult parent/guardian spectator will be admitted to the rink along with a child skater. Also, locker rooms are not available; skaters must come dressed to skate except for putting on their skates.

Registration for session 1 of Skating School is now closed. Stick and Puck sessions will be held throughout the season. Please take notice of concussion safety precautions.

For complete information on the 2020-2021 skating season at the Dorothy Hamill Skating Rink, download the 2020-2021 Rink Brochure. For a printer-friendly version of the brochure, click here.
For all activities at the Dorothy Hamill Skating Rink, many adjustments will be made as a result of COVID-19. Please be sure you carefully read all information prior to registering for a program or attending a public session. If you have additional questions, please call the rink at 203-531-8560.
Greenwich Skatepark

Effective November 1, the skatepark will only be open weekends from 12-4 p.m., weather permitting. 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. Schedule a youth birthday party. More information can be found here.
Pickleball Courts at Christiano Park

Greenwich Parks and Recreation announces the addition of two official pickleball courts for use at Christiano Park. Residents with a valid tennis pass may now reserve these courts to play pickleball. Court reservations will be available until Monday, November 16. One tennis court at Christiano Park remains useable for tennis and/or pickleball (with tennis net). For more information, click here.

Adult Platform Tennis

Registration for membership to play at the Platform Tennis courts is open, yet limited evening times remain. Adults can register for a three-month or six-month season. A senior discount rate is available too. COVID-19 safety measures shall be in effect as necessary for the program.
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 three (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 and Recreation projects and programs. The foundation is a 509 (a)(1). Through the Parks and 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 some program changes. The hotline phone # is updated before the website is updated.
Greenwich Seniors

The most recent newsletter of the Greenwich Senior Center can be found here along with other news. View the website for all information from the Commission on Aging. If you have questions regarding COVID-19, click here.
Greenwich Farmers Market

The Greenwich Farmers Market is open 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. NO DOGS, please. As a result of COVID-19, no more than two family members should come. Social distancing must be practiced. Customers must wear masks. Observe entrance and exit signs.
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 Commissioner of Human Services at 203-622-3800 or Demetria.Nelson@greenwichct.org