East Haddam Parks and Recreation- The bridge to our community

Current News

Next Recreation Commission Meeting will be May 14, 2018 at 6:00pm in the Park in Rec Activity Room (New Municipal Office Complex). Agenda can be found under forms tab.

Don't let the snow fool you! Summer really is just around the corner. Positive thoughts!

Image may contain: 1 person, standing

Music on the River 2018 Concert Series

July 2nd – US Coast Guard Dixieland Jazz Band

Organized in 1970 to perform classic jazz, blues, and rags with a “New Orleans” flavor, the 6- piece Dixieland Jazz Band has entertained audiences across America and around the world.

July 9th – Alex Shillo

This young singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist from Manchester, CT cut his teeth as a touring musician with his Dad’s band, Silverado. With his Dad’s and Bruce Springsteen’s (his hero) influence, he has developed his own brand of rock/country music.

July 16th – Neal and The Vipers

A Rhode Island based band playing American Roots music; encompassing blues, rock and roll, rockabilly and surf. They have been entertaining fans for over 30 years! Neal Vitullo and the Vipers have shared the stage with many music legends, including BB King, Bonnie Raitt, Greg Allman, Jimmy Vaughan, and Robert Plant.

July 23rd – Suitcase Junket

The Suitcase Junket, Matt Lorenz, grew up in Vermont and learned to sing copying his sister, a touring member of the trio Rusty Belle. After finding a beat up guitar in the dumpster, he taught himself to play and refine his singing. Since then, he’s built a huge fan base and was named as Spotify’s Best on their 2016 Folk and Americana Blues list.

July 30th – Auburn Mode      

A cornerstone of Hartford’s music scene. Their style ranges from poignant and evocative to light and whimsical…an original fusion of progressive and energetic folk pop.

August 6th – The Grays

An original jazz-funk music project, which mixes electric gypsy jazz with odd-time tribal funk beats. The Grays offer deep grooves and dynamic improvisation for listening and dancing; encouraging audience participation.

August 13th – Chris Smither

An American folk/blues singer, guitarist and song writer, his music draws deeply from his formative years in Louisiana learning the picking styles of Mississippi John Hurt, and Lightnin’ Hopkins. Moving to Cambridge in the 60’s, he became a forerunner in the burgeoning folk scene. His songs have been recorded by a long list of well-known artists. The 2014 album “Link of Chain A Songwriter’s Tribute to Chris Smither” is testimony to the respect and admiration for his songwriting by an all-star list of artists including Bonnie Raitt, Josh Ritter, and Patty Larkin. 


All concerts are 6:30 – 8:30 pm on the green at the Goodspeed Opera House. This year we have the option of a Tuesday night rain date at the green for all performances, except for Suitcase Junket and Christ Smither. In the case of rain, these two concerts will be held at NHRHS the evening of their scheduled performance.  

Donations can be sent to Music on the River, PO Box 377, Moodus, CT 06469. Donors of $100 or more will receive a Music on the River t-shirt. Please include t-shirt size with your donation.

Summer Day Camp Field Trips and Weekly Themes

Week One (July 2-5): Launch Into Summer 
No camp on July 4th
July 5th (Thursday) - Launch Trampoline Park
July 6th – Town Beach 

Week Two (July 9-13): Sports Galore
July 11th - Nomads
July 13th – Town Beach  

Week Three (July 16-20): Super Science
July 16th – Mad Science Show – Fire and Ice
July 18th - The Dinosaur Place at Nature’s Art Village
July 20th – Town Beach

Week Four (July 23-27): Fairy Tales and Superheroes, Let Your Imagination Soar
July 25th - Soarin' indoors 
July 26th – Florence Griswold Museum 
July 27th – Town Beach

Week Five (July 30-August 3): Carnival – Step right up and enjoy the fun!
July 30th – Our very own Camp Carnival
August 1st – Quassy Amusement Park (return to camp at 4:45pm)
August 3rd – Town Beach

Week Six (August 6-10): Under the Sea Adventures and Color Wars
August 8th-Indian River Kayak and Marina
August 9th (Rain date August 10th) – Cave Hill
August 10th – Last day of camp at Cave Hill or Town Beach

Summer Camp 2018 Registration is Open!
Six weeks of Bloom Into Action and Branch Out Summer Day Camp
July 2nd - August 10th
8am-3pm at East Haddam Elementary School
Wednesdays we will attend field trips...camp will remain open for those who choose not to attend.
Friday camp will be held at the Town Beach.
Bloom Into Action is for children entering Kindergarten through 3rd grade this fall.
Branch Out Camp is open to children entering 4th through 8th grade this fall.
Aftercare hours will be available. Please see our registration and activities tabs for more details. 

A volunteer counselor program, Red Shirt Counselors, is in the works! This will be open to 9th-12th graders who are interested in assisting the main staff. 

Noises Sports Academy,LLC

2018 Summer Sports Camps

Week One: June 25-29

Co-ed Soccer grades 1-9, 9am-12noon at Nathan Hale-Ray High School
 Baseball 8-12 year olds, 12:30pm-3:30pm at Nathan Hale-Ray High School
 Girls Volleyball grades 5-9, 12:30-3:30pm at Nathan Hale-Ray Middle School


Week Two: July 1-July 3 at Nathan Hale-Ray Middle School
*Half day Sunday 12:30pm-3:30pm*,
Full day on Monday and Tuesday 9am-3:30pm

Co-ed Basketball
 Co-ed Cheerleading 

More information under the forms tab

Do you love theater? Would you like to be part of our summer performance of the Great Gatsby? Here is some information about our upcoming theater program! Additional details can be found in our activities and forms tabs.

Check out our new YouTube channel! YouTube

~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.

~The new mailing address is PO Box 377, Moodus, CT 06469.

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

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