Parks and Recreation

  • Water Fountains To Become Part Of Fairfield Hills Landcape In The Spring


    Two new water fountains and a dog fountain will be installed in early spring along the new trail at Fairfield Hills. Walkers and joggers passing by the Victory Garden will be able to quench their thirst there and at another location near Glander field. The estimated cost of $28,000 will come from a Fairfield Hills Authority (FHA) account.

  • High Touch High Tech Superpowers Science Camp

    On Wednesday, July 15, campers in High Touch High Tech’s weeklong Find Your Superpowers camp, offered through Newtown Parks & Recreation, became scientists under the guidance of camp co-directors Christopher Cellini and Christopher Stetson.

    The camp was held at the Newtown Teen Center for children between the ages of 7 and 12. The campers took to making capes and magnetic racing cars at the Find Your Superpowers camp, run by High Touch High Tech, a hands-on science camp and education company.

  • Twenty-Six Benches Provide Rest And Reflection

    The benches began showing up around town last month, inviting those passing by to pause, rest, and remember. By early this week, private contractors, Parks and Recreation employees, and town employees had installed ten of the benches in places as diverse as The Pleasance on Main Street, tucked in next to the rabbit cottage at the back of the property; or at Ferris Farms Creamery, offering an overview of the Creamery and fields across Route 302.

  • The Rooster Run Is Something To Crow About

    To the Editor:

    Thanks to the hundreds of runners and the Newtown community for coming out on Saturday June 20th, 2015 in support of the Newtown Parks and Recreation’s 41st annual Rooster Run 5K. It was a great day for running and all of the participants make this a special family friendly event; what a tremendous way to kick off the summer season here in town. We aim to keep the tradition running strong on the Saturday prior to Father’s Day each year as this is Newtown’s ultimate family 5K race.

  • Town's Artificial Playing Fields Open; Others Still Closed

    Newtown Parks & Recreation has announced that the synthetic/artificial fields at Treadwell Park and Tilson Field have both opened for regular scheduled use as of today.

    “All other natural surface fields will remain closed until further notice,” the department announced via email early Thursday afternoon.

  • Cultural Arts Commission To Sponsor Parks & Rec Classes

    The Newtown Cultural Arts Commission (NCAC) will be sponsoring four classes through the Newtown Parks and Recreation Department.

    Thanks to financial support from NCAC, the fee for two of the classes will be $20, and the fee for the other two classes is $25. This initiative is a continuation of the goals of HealingNewtown, which the commission phased out in October.

  • Sunlight Will Save Town On Energy Costs

    With the help of a hydraulic lift, members of Sound Solar Systems LLC fitted solar panels in place on the Parks & Recreation Department garage on Trades Lane Tuesday morning.

    The new solar system will cover “virtually the entire roof,” front and back, said Public Works Director Fred Hurley.

    Kathy Quinn, chair of the town’s Sustainable Energy Commission, was glad they are doing that there, she said, “because everyone can see it.”

  • New Tennis Courts Planned At Treadwell Park

    Jon Marc Jagush served a soft shot into the Parks and Recreation Commission’s court Tuesday night.

  • A Great Day For Running

    To the Editor:

  • Park Gift Fund: Donations For Playground, Benches, Dog Park, And More

    Ready to answer selectmen’s questions about their Park Gift Fund, a small account that has swelled due to a flood of post-12/14 contributions, Parks and Recreation Department Chairman Amy Mangold and commission Chairman Ed Marks spoke with selectmen Monday, February 3.

    As of January 31 this year, an influx of funds supporting a playground project, dog park, trees, gardens, and scholarships, the Park Gift Fund total is $299,785.88.