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~Ever wonder what East Haddam Parks and Recreation does? Who are we? How can we serve you? Good questions! East Haddam Parks and Recreation offers youth AND adult sports, activities, community events, classes and a variety of opportunities. We pride ourselves on providing affordable, first rate, forward thinking activities that will build a healthier community.  We oversee the operations of the  Town Beach, Nichols Field, the Dan Dombroski/Hunter Daniels Skate park, the Dog Park, The Nichols Field Disc Golf Course, the tennis courts, and the playgrounds at Nichols Field and the Town Beach.

~Registration for any of our programs by choosing the "Register" tab above.

~Program information can be found by choosing the "PROGRAMS" tab above.

~Isaac Manful
is building a wonderful gazebo as his Eagle Scout Project at Nichols Field! This will provide seating and shade and will be handicapped accessible. Any support that you can lend Isaac in reaching his goal would be greatly appreciated! Here is the link with more information: https://www.gofundme.com/nichols-field-gazebo
Thank you, Isaac, East Haddam is very fortunate to have such a hard working, caring leader in our community. Great work!

~Event information NOT located under "Programs" is posted below.

Letters To Santa:

"He's making a list and checking it twice..."!

If you have little ones who are ready to send their letter to Santa, we have the perfect way to get it directly to the Jolly Old Man!

Join us on Dec. 6th at 6 pm at the Family Night on the Moodus Green! East Haddam Parks and Recreation will be at the library to assist your little ones in writing their letter (we will supply the paper, crayons, markers, envelopes etc.). Or, have your child drop their own letter in our special mailbox....and in a few weeks, every letter will receive a personal response from Santa!

*Please make sure that your return address and child's name is on the envelope (clearly written and spelled correctly) so Santa's elves can get it to the post office in the North Pole without any clerical errors!

LOOKING FOR A LOST DISC? Please call the Recreation Office at (860) 873-5058 to arrange for a time to pick up your disc.

Winter Basketball UPDATE (Jan.-March 2018):Need Late registration info? Call the Rec. Office at (860)873-5058.

General Information for ALL GRADES:

  • Open to boys & girls in Grades K-8
  • $50 per player
  • Registration deadline for players and volunteers– Nov. 15, 2017
  • Practices will start the week of Jan. 2, 2018
  • Games will be held on Saturdays, Jan 13- March 3 2018      

K/1 & Gr. 2– one practice per week only, no teams and no games. The focus is on building teamwork and fundamental skills.  Players need to wear sneakers. If the ground is wet or snowy, please bring a dry pair of sneakers to change into for basketball so the floor stays dry and is less slippery.

  • Gr. K/1–Sat., Jan. 6-Feb. 10 (make-up date, if needed, 2/24) @ Elem. School, 10:30-11:30 am
  • Gr. 2– Sat., Jan. 6-Feb. 10 (make-up date, if needed, Feb. 24) @ Elem. School, 11:30-12:30 pm

Gr. 3/4- one practice & one game per week. Teams are co-ed, and games are intramural, played at the Elementary School. Practices will be on a weeknight (of the volunteer coaches choosing- preferably from 5-6:30 pm). Games will be on Saturdays, beginning at 12:30 pm.

Grades 5/6 & 7/8- one or two practices per week, depending on gym availability, and one game per week (usually on Saturday). Teams will be co-ed to allow all registered players the opportunity to participate. We will play intramural games as well as other towns including Haddam, Portland and Cromwell. Parents must provide transportation to games, most of which will be at the Elementary School.

Team Placement Sessions (Gr. 3-8 only): CANCELLED (DUE TO REGISTRATION NUMBERS -Placement sessions are not needed)
Every player is placed on a team.


  • Coaches (Grades K-8):  Meeting- Sat., Dec. 16 from 12-2 pm at the Elementary School. We will pick teams at this meeting. Register online at www.easthaddamrec.com under “Adult Programs”. Please try to attend placement sessions as well. Volunteer coaches will have $50 credited to their account at the end of the season. Coaches must be 16 years +.
  • Referees:  Training will be on Sat., Dec. 16 from 12-2 pm at the Elementary School. Referees are paid $15 per game.  If you are interested in keeping the score Book or the clock, it pays $10.10/hour. You can apply for all positions online at www.easthaddamrec.com under “Forms”.

Concussion Training, Signs and Symptoms:

Per CT Statute, we must inform you of the signs and symptoms of a concussion.  Please click this link for more information:

This training is now required of ALL Parks and Recreation staff, coaches and referees. Please take a moment to review the information- as a parent, you are the best advocate for your child. Knowing the signs and symptoms will allow you to make the best decision for your child.

~Per Connecticut General Statute 19a-77 we are required to disclose that our programs are not licensed by the State Office of Early Childhood