Recreation Commission

Due to Covid 19 and the Governor’s Executive Orders, Recreation Commission meetings are being held via Zoom and our available to be viewed livestream on the town’s YouTube Channel Town of Voluntown CT- Government. 

Past meetings can be viewed via the Recreation Commission Meeting Playlist.

Mission Statement: The purpose of the Voluntown Recreation Commission is to seek the development of recreational programs and enhancement of recreational facilities associated with sponsoredVoluntown Day at the CT Tigers programs on various town owned lands, for the residents of Voluntown, without bias to race, income, age sex, or ability.The Commission shall be vested with the power, duties and obligations necessary to accomplish this purpose. They shall be charged with full responsibility for the recreation programs designated by the Commission.

Recreation Commission meetings are held the 1st Wednesday of the month at 7PM in the Voluntown Town Hall Meeting Room.  Meeting Agendas.

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Email: recreation@voluntown.gov

Voluntown Playground and Recreational COVID-19 Guidelines

Community transmission of COVID-19 is currently minimal across Uncas Health District. Testing of residents for COVID-19 has increased, and the proportion of test results that are positive is approximately 5% – below (better than) the goal of 10% set by the State DPH and WHO. In addition, our current understanding of transmission of COVID-19 is that outdoor activities are safer than indoor activities, and children are generally at lower risk for severe COVID-19 disease.

Recognizing the above facts, Uncas Health District is no longer recommending that playgrounds and recreational fields be closed to the public as of June 17th. Though the risk of transmission of the virus is not zero in any setting where people may come into close contact with one another, the relatively low risk right now must be balanced against the need for youth in our communities to engage in both physical and social activities for their health and wellbeing.

Parents and caregivers must continue to use their judgement in determining whether to allow their children to engage in activities where there is potential for close contact to occur.

The playground equipment, picnic tables and benches are not disinfected.

Please practice the following recommendations:

  • Maintain a 6-foot distance from others as much as possible o Wear masks when 6-foot distance cannot be maintained, unless wearing the mask would create a health hazard to the wearer. This includes heat-related illness.
  • Do not use the equipment if: you are sick, or in the past 10 days, tested positive for COVID-19 or were told by a health care provider that you have COVID-19, or have been living with someone who has been sick with COVID-19 in the past 2 weeks.
  • Before AND after using the equipment: Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol Though transmission of COVID-19 from contaminated surfaces is less likely than from direct, close contact with an infected person; frequently touched objects like playground equipment can result in transmission of COVID 19

Current Programs

Voluntown’s Holiday Lights Contest

  • Open to residents and businesses located in Voluntown, CT
  • Entries must be received by Dec. 9th 2020
  • Entrants must have lights on Dec. 12-16th 2020 from 5 PM – 10 PM for judging
  • To enter send your name, home or business address and phone number to: Recreation@Voluntown.Gov
  • Judging will be done by spectators, winners will be announced on Dec. 19th 2020
  • Prizes: (1) $100 Visa Gift Card given in 3 categories;
    • Most lights – Clark Griswold style
    • Most Festive / Christmas Spirit
    • Most Unique

Entrants give permission for Voluntown Recreation Commission to give general directions to their light displays and agree that all costs associated with contest are not the responsibility of the Town or Commission. Entrants also give permission to use their name and holiday display photos in social media for promotion and to announce the winners of the contest.

 

Yoga- Every Wednesday

Voluntown Recreation Commission Sponsored Yoga- Every Wednesday

UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE, YOGA HAS BEEN MOVED TO ZOOM

FREE Yoga for Voluntown residents on Wednesdays, 6-7 pm, brought to you online via Zoom. If you would like to participate fill out the form below and email to Recreation@voluntown.gov. Once we receive your form we will email you the online link to access the class.  Download the form here. You can take a photo of the filled out form and email that if you don’t have access to a scanner.

 

Disk Golf Course

The Voluntown Recreation Commission has added a disc golf Course to the field behind the library and town hall. Disk Golf is a fun outdoor activity that can be enjoyed all year long.

New to disk golf? Read about it in Voluntown native Karl Lamonthe’s blog post,  Disc Golf – A Newcomer’s Perspective of a Rapidly Growing Sport.

No disc golf equipment? No problem! The Voluntown Public Library has a disc golf pack that you can check out!

Field and Pavilion Use

Please contact Melinda Bryan to reserve the use of Constitution Field or the Pavilion. They are both reserved on a first come and first served basis. A Field/Pavilion Use Form, and a Voluntown Services & Hold Harmless Agreement will need to be filled. Insurance needs to be submitted.  Donations are accepted to help us with field and pavilion maintenance.  Links to the forms are below.

Field Use Form

Town of Voluntown Hold Harmless Agreement

Field Use Calendar

 

Voluntown Recreation Commission Members

Mark Simmons, Chairman
Mike Kalwara, Vice Chairman
Michael Magario, Treasurer
Melinda Bryan, Secretary
Belinda Wiese
Tammy VanLanen
Courtney Magario
Kristen Pellinen
Vacancy