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Southbury, CT 06488
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Parks and Recreation News

3/10/2022 - March-April 2022 News



As we wind down from our 5 month long winter basketball programs, I want to take this opportunity to thank all of you that participated. Be it as a player, parent, spectator or coach, the program’s success can only be measured based on your experience. A special thank you to the non-profit Pomperaug Basketball Community for their commitment to the current and future needs of our recreational youth basketball program. And of course, to our dedicated volunteer coaches who invested countless hours at practices and games as well as creating practice plans and game strategies.

We had a total 545 participants, represented by 7 boys and girls travel teams, and 39 recreational teams serving boys and girls in grades 3-12. In addition, the Little Swishers basketball program for boys and girls in grade 1st and 2nd was enjoyed by over 75 eager learners. Our Shooting Stars program, for our youngest players, was enthusiastically received and sets the stage for continued success. 

Thank you for another great season! We look forward to your continued support of and for your participation with Southbury Parks and Recreation. 

Michael Ganem, Director
Southbury Parks and Recreation

JELLY BEAN COUNTING CONTEST - until April 14, 2022

jelly beans

Stop by the Parks and Recreation building during business hours and find the jar filled with yummy Jelly Beans located on the counter of our office window. Write your name and phone number on an entry slip along with your best guess of how any beans are in the jar. Make your guess by Friday April 14th. We will announce the winner on April 19, 2022.

EASTER EGG HUNT - April 2, 2022 at 10:00am

easter bunny

Join us, your friends, & the Easter Bunny at Ballantine Park for our Annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday April 2nd at 10:00 am sharp! Our Easter Egg Hunt is open to children up to 12 years of age. Come with your basket or bag to hold your candy and eggs. Bring your camera as there will be an opportunity to take pictures with the Easter Bunny! While there is no fee for the Egg Hunt, all participants are asked to bring a non-perishable food item for the Southbury Food Bank.


Toddlers (ages 3-5) and their parents/guardians will explore fun games and create unique crafts in the Tiny Tots Clubhouse. This program features play-based activities for active tots and the opportunity to explore & make different crafts to take home! This program will featured different themes and be offered on average once a month.

Take home kits are available to at your leisure from your home. Our take-home kits include instructions and most supplies for crafts and activities. Supplies not included will be listed (examples are scissors, glue, and tape). When you register for a take-home kit, you will be contacted by Parks & Recreation staff when your kit is ready for pick up. When your kit is ready for pick up, you will visit the Parks & Recreation Office to collect your kit.


kids playing basketball

Toddlers ages 3-5 will have the opportunity to be introduced to the fundamentals of basketball and team-building exercises during the Shooting Stars Preschool Basketball Clinic in a fun and nurturing environment. Parents/Guardians are expected to stay on-site and may be asked to participate with their toddlers during the program.

  • April Session | Mondays, April 4 and April 11 | 4:30-5:15pm - Register by 4/4
  • May Session | Mondays, May 2 and May 9 | 4:30-5:15pm - Register by 5/2


Adventure Day Camp for grades K-5 is featuring a new camp during Spring Break. Adventure April Vacation Camp will be held from Monday 4/11 to Thursday 4/14. Children will have the experience of camp during their Spring Break by participating in a variety of camp games, activities, crafts and even a special entertainer.


Considering a lifeguard job? Southbury Parks & Recreation will be offering a full American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification course March 28-31. The course will be run by Jodie Hellmann at Pomperaug High School.

The course will be run in two parts. Interested individuals must sign up for Part 1 and Part 2 when registering.

Part 1, the Prerequisite swim evaluation, will be done in advance of the course and will take place at the Pomperaug High School pool on Wednesday March 23rd from 6-8pm.

Part 2, the classroom/in-water training, will continue for all candidates successfully completing Part 1. The classroom and in-water training will be held at PHS.

After successful competition of the full course, participants may download their certificate from the American Red Cross website which will be valid for 2 years.


Basic understanding of early CPR & Defibrillation, performing CPR, relieving choking, and use of the AED. This is a 2 year certification. Certification will be mailed from accredited agency.


Respond to and manage CPR/AED and choking in a child or infant in the first few minutes until professional help arrives. Medical certification will be mailed from accredited agency.

PAINTING CLASSES (Ages 6 and up)

painting class

Create your own piece of art to take home and display on your wall! Our instructor, Claire, will walk you through step by step in this painting class featuring different themes each month. Painting sizes are 16 x 20 (without backing). All painting supplies are included. Please wear a smock or an oversized shirt (paint will not wash out of clothes). The class is for all levels of painting - including beginners with little to no experience!


It’s not too early to start thinking about the summer and lazy, hazy days outdoors at the Southbury Town Pool. Open Swim, Swim Lessons, Sharks Swim Team and special events will all take place at the pool this summer. Sign up now!


The Southbury Town Pool at Ballantine Park will open mid-June as your favorite destination to cool off this summer. The facility is the perfect spot for warm weather relaxation and enjoyment. In addition to our main pool, the Ballantine kiddie pool will be open for our youngest swimmers. For more information go to


swim lessons

Swim lessons at the Southbury Town Pool are very popular and are offered on a first come first served basis. We have many lessons to choose from for all ability levels; from the tiniest water babies to young swimmers ready to develop all strokes. This year we will offer lessons during the day, early evenings and Saturdays. Class size is limited so register early.


swim team

Be part of one of State Line Swim League’s most successful teams! The Summer Sharks emphasizes participation, teamwork and fun while teaching swim skills and technique in a relaxed atmosphere. Members have the chance to be on a team, compete for their best times in dual meets and take part in a fun End of Season Invitational. Swimmers between the ages of 6 and 16 are eligible to sign up. Participants should be able to swim one lap of freestyle and one lap of backstroke. Season runs Monday through Friday from June 20 to July 29 at the Town Pool at Ballantine Park.

A Message from Our Partners

TOPSoccer (The Outreach Program for Soccer) – what is it?

pomperaug soccer club logo

TOPSoccer – also just known as TOPS - is a community-based opportunity for young athletes with special needs to experience soccer, and an opportunity to get active and have fun.

TOPS was formed by US Youth Soccer to fulfill part of its mission statement which is, in part, "to foster the physical, mental and emotional growth and development of America's youth through the sport of soccer at all levels of age and competition."

The local TOPS team is organized by Pomperaug Soccer Club volunteers. The program is designed to bring the opportunity of learning and playing soccer to any boy or girl, who has a mental or physical disability. Our goal is to let athletes with special needs in area to become part of a Pomperaug soccer team.

For more info on TOPS soccer, go to Pomperaug Soccer Club.

Summer Camps 2022 - Registration Is Open

Adventure Day Camp

adventure day camp

Our Adventure Day Campers will enjoy days full of exciting sports and games, creative art projects, having fun in the sun, and making new friends. Each week will be creatively themed and scheduled by our camp staff with age-appropriate activities and special events designed to give campers the most fun and memorable summer camp experience we can. Campers will be split into age-appropriate groups determined by the school grade they are entering and will participate in their daily activities within those age groups. Please send a lunch and snack with your child each day, as lunch is not provided. In the event of heavy rain, storms, and/or a heat advisory, Adventure Day Camp will be held indoors at a location to be determined.

Sneak peek at NEW activities for Adventure Day Camp Summer 2022:

  • Camp will be outdoors EVERY DAY at Ballantine Park (while the weather permits it)
  • Swim Lessons
  • Open Swim
  • DAILY special events/activities
  • Extended camp hours

Register for one of our Adventure Day Camp weeks or all summer package. Camp is held 8am-4pm daily, Monday-Friday. Camp will not be held on Monday, July 4.

Adventure Day Camp - After Camp

Adventure Day Camp offers extended camp hours for an additional fee. After Camp will be held at the location camp is taking place for the day which may include: Ballantine Park, Southbury Parks and Recreation's Building, and/or Region 15 schools. Southbury Parks and Recreation will provide a light snack to all campers. Campers will play games, do art projects, and have the opportunity to swim at the town pool when camp is held at Ballantine Park.



Teenscape is a 6-week camp that program and will be offered for 6 individual weeks. Camp starts and ends at Ballantine Park, Mondays through Thursday. Sample trips include Brownstone Park, Dave and Busters, Lake Compounce, Six Flags, water parks, and much more! Registration for Teenscape is limited to Southbury and Middlebury residents. Due to the costs of this program, there are no discounts for multiple children. You must be entering 6th grade, 7th grade, or 8th grade to participate in Teenscape. Teenscape is held weekly from Monday to Thursday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm (times might vary depending on the trip destination). Camp will not be held on Monday, July 4.



  • Ballet- Enchanted Ballet | Age 3 | Saturdays, 4/23-5/28 (9:00-9:45am) - Register by 4/16
  • Golf, Jr. Clinic | Ages 7-14 | Wednesdays, 4/6-4/27 (4:30-5:30pm) - Register by 4/1
  • Gold, Jr. Clinic | Ages 7-14 | Tuesdays, 5/3-5/24 (4:30-5:30pm) - Register by 4/25
  • Cooking-Fun & Healthy Spring Cooking | Ages 7-12 | Thursdays, 3/24- 4/28 (4:15-5:45pm) - Register by 3/17


  • Golf – Adult Novice | Ages 16 & up | Wednesdays, 4/6-4/27 (6:00-7:00pm) - Register by 3/30
  • Golf - Women’s Clinic | Ages 16 & up | Thursdays, 4/7-4/28 (6:00-7:00pm) - Register by 4/1
  • Golf - Adult Novice | Ages 16 & up | Tuesdays, 5/3-5/24 (6:00-7:00pm) - Register by 4/26
  • Golf - Women’s Clinic | Ages 16 & up | Mondays, 5/2-5/23 (6:00-7:00pm) - Register by 4/25
  • Taekwon Do - Beginners | Ages 7 & up | Mondays & Wednesdays, 4/4-6/22 (6:00-6:45pm) - Register by 3/28
  • Taekwon Do - Advanced | Ages 7 & up | Mondays & Wednesdays, 4/4-6/22 (7:00-8:00pm) - Register by 3/28


To serve you better, all schedules of SP&R are subject to change.


ballantine park pavilion

Pavilion Rentals will begin on January 10, 2022 for Residents and February 14, 2022 for Non-Residents. If you are interested in renting the Ballantine Pavilion, please visit for all the details.


Southbury Parks and Recreation is currently seeking instructors for the following programs:

  • Toddler and Preschool aged children for a Creative Play Class
  • Volleyball coaches for Volleyball Clinics
  • Tennis Instructors for all ages
  • Painting for all ages

Please fill out this form and return it to our Southbury Parks and Recreation Office or e-mail us at


Do you have a talent that you would like to share? The Southbury Parks and Recreation Department is always looking for new instructors for our classes. To submit a class for consideration, download the form and return to our office.

Is there a class or event you would like us to offer? Please email us at and let us know.

If you have any other comments or suggestions, please email us at


For information regarding youth sports organizations in town, please click here.

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