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

Drive Thru Trunk or Treat in the Forest

When: Saturday, October 31st, 6:00PM-7:00PM

Where: Pachaug State Forest Mount Misery Campground, Ekonk Hill Rd, Voluntown

Starting promptly at 6:00PM cars will drive slowly through the campground where trunkers will be set up. Cars will stop at each trunker location where candy will be handed out. Masks are required to be worn and trick or treaters must remain in their vehicles at all time. We will be following DECD and UNCAS Health guidelines for Covid safety.

Applications for trunkers are now being accepted! Space is limited this year. Download the application here: Trunk or Treat Trunker Application

Yoga- Every Wednesday

Voluntown Recreation Commission Sponsored Yoga- Every Wednesday

Starting on July 29, yoga will be held in person at the Pavilion behind the Voluntown Public Library, WEATHER PERMITTING. Please check the Voluntown Recreation Commission Facebook page for weather status updates. If the weather is bad, the class will be held via Zoom. For in person classes, a mask is required to be worn until participants are on their mats. Mats must be spaced 6 feet apart and state social distancing recommendations are to be followed.  It is recommended to have participation forms filled out and emailed to Recreation@voluntown.gov prior to the class for new participants.

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.

Drive In Movie Nights

 

Drive In Movie event featuring the movie The Princess Bride. We will start parking cars at 6pm and movie will begin between 7 – 7:15 pm. This is a free event. We do request that everyone in attendance practice social distancing and mask use. Sound will be broadcast via speakers as well as an fm transmitter. Donations appreciated!

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