Parks and Rec. Department gearing up for summer fun

By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Glastonbury - posted Fri., Jun. 17, 2011
Dogs and kids of all sizes compete in the Parks and Rec. Pooch Pageant, coming up this year on July 11. File photos by Steve Smith.
Dogs and kids of all sizes compete in the Parks and Rec. Pooch Pageant, coming up this year on July 11. File photos by Steve Smith.

The Glastonbury Parks and Recreation Department is ready to provide summer fun for kids of all ages.

Among the many opportunities offer this season are a variety of day camps, specialized for age groups, starting with Mini Camp for those entering kindergarten, through Leader in Training Camps for students completing grades seven through nine.

Sports camps include t-ball, soccer, basketball, baseball, field hockey and football, to name just a few.

The All Pro Sports Basketball Camp will be hosted by NBA star Ryan Gomes – a Connecticut native and former Providence College player – for boys and girls ages 9 to 16, from July 11 to 14.

There are also several specialty camps, including Music and Arts Camps and a Mad Science NASA Academy for children in kindergarten through fifth grade.

Recreation Supervisor Anna Park said there are still openings for the Awesome Adventures Teen Camp, which features trips to theme parks and athletic events.

“That's our very popular adventure camp for kids who've completed grades six through nine,”she said.

Most camps run Monday through Friday, at various times.

Adults can keep in shape with several classes being offered, including an All-In-One Fitness Program, evening yoga classes, Pilates and the popular Zumba.

What better way to stay cool than in the pool? The Glastonbury High School pool will open as soon as school is finished, but the Addison and Grange pools are already open, as is the swimming area at Eastbury Pond.

The Parks and Recreation Department schedule also includes many special events.

The Pooch Pageant is July 11 at Hubbard Green. Kids are encouraged to show off their dogs and compete in six categories.

The Sand Castle Contest takes place at Eastbury Pond on July 26. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m.

The very popular Children's Water Festival (commonly referred to as “Grange Fest”) includes relay races and a sliding competition, and takes place at the Grange Pool on Aug. 2.

Addison Pool hosts the Ice Cream Social on Aug. 9 at 1 p.m. for all pool patrons.

For more information, call the Parks and Rec. Department at 860-652-7679, visit, or visit the GlastonburyParksand Recreation Department page on

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