Park & Rec News

Print More
Director: Tom Tyburski
Office Hours: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Open 24/7 at for program registration.
Telephone: 860-653-8947
Fax: 860-653-0173
Website: We accept MasterCard/Visa/Discover for payments. Program/Trip Registration: All programs/trips are based on a first come basis and space availability and require advance registration; payment must accompany registration. Please register early to avoid disappointment.

Scholarships: Recreational and leisure opportunities will not be denied any resident because of lack of financial resources; program scholarship information is available upon request. All inquiries are kept in the strictest confidence; apply early.

Party/Event Planning

The Lodge at Salmon Brook Park is a beautiful facility with a kitchen, patio, multi-purpose function room featuring a gas fireplace and central A/C, accommodating up to 99 people. The new North Barn Pavilion at Holcomb Farm is open. Built to look like a barn, this gorgeous new building has all of the modern amenities for a special event, up to 125 people. Make an appointment today for a tour of both facilities, then reserve for your next party or social event.

Six Flags Tickets

The Granby Recreation Department has discounted Day Passes available for only $38 each and season passes for $56.99 each. Purchase at the Rec Office Monday through Friday, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., accepting cash, checks with valid ID and credit card.

Free Summer Concerts at SBP

Catch live outdoor music at Salmon Brook Park. Bring the kids, chairs or blankets for lawn seating— there is ample parking, a concession stand and a Bounce House.

Thursday, July 9, 6:30 p.m.: Soul Sound Revue. Ice cream social at this concert too!

Thursday, July 16, 6:30 p.m.: The Carrie Johnson Band

Saturday, Aug. 22, 5 p.m.: Music in the Park Extravaganza. Back to the Future, and concert by Daddy-O.

Swimming at SBP

The Salmon Brook Park swimming facility is a man-made pond fed by a deep well and springs in the pond bottom. The pond has a sandy beach and bottom with a gradual decent, ideal for young children. All SBP staff is trained in BLS/CPR and First Aid, meeting OSHA requirements and receiving intensive in-house training. Water quality is tested periodically by the Farmington Valley Health District and the pond is treated for algae as needed during the swim season. Food, beverages, and smoking are not allowed on the beach or in the locker rooms. For the health and safety of all our patrons, babies and young children who normally wear diapers, must wear swim diapers in the pond.

Recreational Swim

Open through Aug. 22. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Closed to the public on Sunday, but available for private beach parties; call 860-653-8947 for information. Members swim free; purchase membership on-line. Non-members: adults, $3, youth (2-17) and seniors (65+) $2. Age 10 and under must be accompanied and supervised by someone 15 or older.

Youth Enrichment

Music Time with Miss Carrie: Children ages 6 months to 4 years, with caregivers, will enjoy learning basic melody, finger play, rhythm skills, dancing and music and movement in this entertaining atmosphere. Come join Carrie Johnson and start your toddler’s day with singing, dancing, laughter and especially fun. Thursdays, June 25 to July 30, 10 – 11 a.m. $108pp.

For Adults

Make Your Own Baby Food: Learn how easy, affordable and healthy it is to make baby food at home. The course provides information on the tools and supplies needed as well as creative ideas and recipes. Also included is a demonstration and taste test. Handouts provided. Aug. 2, 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Holcomb Farm. $25pp.

Clear the Clutter: Six-week program provides tools, resources and realistic weekly goals for taking control of cluttered spaces in the home or office. Each week get motivated and supported to tackle your goal, and gain benefit of reducing stress levels. Handouts will be available. Sept. 2 to Oct. 7, 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Holcomb Farm. $60pp.

Fall Adult Language Classes: The Granby Recreation Dept. is currently accepting registration for fall Adult Foreign Language Classes. Elementary and intermediate Spanish and Italian classes will be held as well as elementary French. All classes will be held on Monday evenings beginning Sept. 14. Reserve your spot and get more information on-line.

Bus Trips

NYC On Your Own: Enjoy the Big Apple, see Chinatown, Little Italy, Central Park, a museum, the zoo, a Broadway show or shop. The usual drop-off points are The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Plaza Hotel, and Rockefeller Center. Pickup for return is 7 p.m. in front of Stage Deli, Broadway and 53rd Street. Saturdays, Oct. 3 and Dec. 5. $40pp.

Boston Red Sox vs. Seattle Mariners
: Saturday, Aug. 15 at Fenway Park. We will be seated in right field box #1 for this game (Field Level Seats, rows A-G, next to Visitor’s Bullpen). Bus will leave Granby Town Hall at about 3 p.m. for the 7:10 p.m. game start. Tickets can only be reserved with full payment. $125pp.

Lions, Tigers and Bears, Oh My! Monday, Aug. 24, bring the family on an exciting trip to the world famous Bronx Zoo. With award-winning, cutting-edge exhibits featuring over 4,000 animals, there is no other zoo in the world that offers the diversity, superb viewing, and world-renowned expertise that assures a rewarding experience and the knowledge that visitors can make a difference in the world around them. Deluxe motorcoach will leave Salmon Brook Park at 7 a.m. and leave the Bronx Zoo at 4:30 p.m. The $56 package includes zoo shuttles, Wild Asia Monorail, Bug Carousel, Children’s Zoo, the New 4-D Theater, and the Congo Gorilla Forest.

Summer Camp Programs

Information and registration for all of the summer programs can be found on the website.

Salmon Brook Park Day Camp: This traditional day camp for grades 1 thru 5 fills each day with active games, special events, sports, arts and crafts, teamwork, group interaction and the wonders of nature. SBP has a playground, soccer fields, baseball fields, outdoor basketball hoops, picnic pavilions, and tennis courts. Your child will have the opportunity to swim in the pond, go on exciting field trips, and see spectacular entertainers. All children are grouped by age/grade and all activities are age-appropriate. Camp is scheduled in one-week sessions to better meet you and your child’s needs. Need to get to work early or extend your child’s time at the camp? Check out our Extended Day Program run by our Camp Director. The discount will show up during checkout. Note: All campers must purchase an individual ($30) or family ($70) SBP membership in order to register for camp. The SBP membership price includes the camp discount and swimming privileges at the pond all summer long. Weekly sessions start June 22 and continue thru Aug. 21. 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. $160 pp.

Youth Tennis Lessons: Lessons are geared to the beginner and intermediate youth player. Instructed by Kevin Imbt, GMHS tennis team coach. Participants should bring an appropriately sized racquet, lots of water, towel and sneakers. Lessons are held Monday through Thursday; Friday will be used to make up lessons cancelled due to bad weather. Held at SBP Tennis Courts. Don’t wait; lessons tend to fill quickly. See web site for dates, times and fees.

Let’s Gogh Art Summer Art-Ventures Camps: The Treasure Island and Enchanted Kingdom Art-venturers will sail the high seas and discover enchanted kingdoms while creating fantastical masterpieces. Get into character with handpainted pirate swords and flags or princess hats and fluttering wings. Stenciled t-shirts, magical self-portraits, castles, clay dragons, ceramic frogs, treasure maps, designing rowboats and hunting for buried treasure, storytelling, face painting, glitter tattoos—loads of fun, for ages 5 to 10. Aug. 10 to 14 at Holcomb Farm. Morning session, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. for $169. Afternoon session, 12 – 4 p.m. $114.

Bears Volleyball Camp, grades 4–9: Played on the beach, in the grass or in the gym, volleyball is loads of fun. The coaches and players of GMHS’s championship team will help participants learn and refine their skills: passing, setting, hitting, blocking, serving and diving. Each session will be packed with fast-paced drills and exciting games. July 6 – 10 or July 13 – 17. 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. at GMHS. $105pp.

Diamond Skills Elite Baseball
, ages 9–12: Serious players can take their skills the next level with Dragon baseball coach Neil Domer-Shank’s elite skills camp. A mixture of drills, games and live action scrimmages helps coaches assess current level, challenge growth and provide individual improvement plans. Coaches will cover All Star/AAU level elements of hitting, pitching, infield and outfield play, base running, conditioning and the mental aspects of the game. And the players will have a blast! July 20 – 23, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Salmon Brook Park. $130pp.

Diamond Skills Beginner Camp, ages 6–9: For players new to the sport or still developing confidence. The camp will cover the building block skills in a fun and campy way, including group drills and live games. Children will leave the camp with a better understanding of baseball, growing self-confidence and a detailed practice plan. July 20 – 23, 1 – 3 p.m. at Salmon Brook Park. $100pp.

Total Play Multi-Sport Camp, ages 5–11: Experience over 15 different sports from around the world. All activities promote good sportsmanship, teamwork and fun. Participants receive technical instruction in each sport and then experience the sport in a realistic game situation. Sessions at both Ahrens Park and Salmon Brook Park. See web site for dates and times.

First Play Lacrosse Camp, grades 5–12: Beginners will have great fun learning the exhilarating. Fast-paced sport of lacrosse. Players will be grouped by age, playing ability and experience level. July 13 – 17, 5 – 6:30 p.m. at Salmon Brook Park. $94pp.

Sports Squirts, ages 3–5: A fun and exciting introduction to soccer, T-ball, basketball, lacrosse and hockey, all taking place in a safe and structured environment. Activities promote hand-eye coordination, movement and balance, and fun! Aug. 24 – 27, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. at Salmon Brook Park. $94pp.

LEGO Camps, by Playwell Teknologies

Engineering FUNdamentals using LEGO, ages 8–10: Apply real world concepts in physics, engineering and architecture through designing projects such as arch bridges, skyscrapers, motorized cars and the Battletrack. Experienced instructor will challenge students to engineer at higher levels. July 27 – 31, 1 – 4 p.m. at Holcomb Farm. $180pp.

Pre-Engineering Using LEGO, ages 5–7: Build boats, bridges, mazes and motorized cars, and use special pieces to create own design. Explore creative potential with guidance of experienced instructor. July 27 – 31, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Holcomb Farm. $180pp.

Robo WeDo, ages 7–9: Build and program robots using the LEGO WeDo system. Learn basic programming skills, simple engineering concepts and the names of robot components. Work in small groups to complete several projects using tilt and motion sensors. Aug. 24 – 28, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Holcomb Farm. $230pp.

Robotics Using LEGO NXT, ages 10–12: Build and program robots using the LEGO Mindstorms NXT system. Learn about mechanical and software design, loops, conditional statements, problem-solving, teamwork skills. Working in small groups, program and build a robot; control the robot to avoid obstacles, pick up and carry objects and play sounds. Projects encourage an open-ended, investigative environment while having fun. Aug. 24 – 28, 1 – 4 p.m. at Holcomb Farm. $230pp.


Fall Youth Soccer

This is a recreational league for Boys and Girls in Grades K-8 where the primary objective is for the players to develop skills, learn good sportsmanship and above all, have fun. The emphasis is on self-improvement, to provide each player the opportunity to reach his/her own maximum potential development for the enjoyment of soccer. The emphasis is not on winning; each child will contribute to the “We, the Team” concept through equal and fair play.

FUNdamentals (Grade K-1) are co-ed teams. This is a two-year program where different skills are introduced and built upon each year, preparing the child for game play with referees in Division I. This year Challenger Soccer coaches will oversee the 1-hour sessions. At least four parent-coaches are required for each session.

Division II (Grade 2) may be co-ed.

Division II (Grades 3-4), Division III (Grades 5-6) and Division IV (Grades 7-8) will have separate boys and girls teams. There will most likely be some local travel for children in grades 3–8 as Granby will be joining the Farmington Valley Recreational Soccer League at the Division II, III and IV levels. Children are to be registered in their appropriate grade division as of September 2015.

Each child in every division is provided with a team T-shirt and team colored socks. Parents for all levels are responsible for mandatory cleats and shin guards. We recommend that each child have his/her own ball; be sure to buy the correct size (3 for K-1, 4 for Div. I and II, 5 for Div. III and IV) and put name on it. No jewelry of any kind, including earring posts, is allowed during practices and games.

Soccer season will start with practices during the week of Aug. 24 and end Oct. 31. There can be as many as (2) practices per week scheduled for Divisions II, III and IV; one (1) practice per week for Division I. FUNdamentals will have Saturday-only sessions and require parent participation at all sessions. Games start Sept. 12. We are not responsible for practice or game cancellations due to conditions beyond our control.

Fee is $70 per player for all age groups. Soccer scholarships are available on an as-needed basis; contact the Recreation Office no later than July 1 for details; all scholarship requests are strictly confidential.

Register NOW. Timely registration is required to have equipment and uniforms in time for September. Depending upon the number of certified coaches, teams may be limited to a first- come basis. Registrations will be accepted online, in person at the SBP Recreation office or by mail. Form available at office or on website. Registrations, with payment, must be received or postmarked by 4 p.m. on Friday, July 10 to avoid the late fee of $25. Checks payable to Town of Granby.

Registrations received after 4 p.m. on July 10 must include $25 late fee; will not be processed until full payment is made. Uniforms will be ordered based on July 13 registrations.