Director of Recreation and Leisure Services: Kristine Vincent, CPRP
Recreation Supervisor: Daphne Shinder
Program Supervisor: Terri Ziemnicki
Parks and Recreation Survey
The Granby Board of Parks and Recreation is seeking input from your household to better understand the community’s parks and recreation needs, wants and its satisfaction with current facilities and services offered. The Parks Board will send out an online survey in the next couple of weeks. Your participation will inform the priorities of the development of new programs, services, events and improvements. We look forward to your feedback and input to advance how the Granby Parks and Recreation Department and its board work to best serve our residents, businesses and visitors.
Granby Youth Basketball
Now is the time to register for the Winter Youth Basketball Program. Granby Parks and Recreation strives to provide a positive recreational basketball program for boys and girls in grades K-8. Coaches develop individual skills, foster teamwork and proper sportsmanlike attitudes and strive to establish a foundation of basics for future support of the high school programs. Most importantly, we create an opportunity for children to be with their friends, make new friends and have fun. We are following all state and local COVID policies and masks will be required by all when indoors. Early Bird registration deadline is Friday, Nov. 12, $105. Fee for registrations received after Nov. 12 is $130.
Fall Family Photo Session at Holcomb Farm: Ready to pause time with a beautiful memory? Check out our portraits at beautiful Holcomb Farm. You choose the location either inside near the fireplace or outside on the grounds with a beautiful New England backdrop. Capture your family in a memorable way with professional, high-quality photos. Individual, couple and family sessions are available (and we love pets too). You will receive three or four digital photos that you can download and print. Once you register with us, Kristen Weldon Photography will contact you to set up a time that is mutually convenient for you up to Dec. 15. This is a perfect way to knock that holiday card off your list early. Last year’s event filled up quickly so be sure to reserve your spot today.
Toddler and Preschool Programs
Granby Parks and Recreation Department has ongoing classes for toddlers and preschoolers throughout the fall including Jump Bunch: Big and Little Jumpers, Songs and Seasons Music Program and Soccer Shots. Please call us at 860-653-8947 to try one.
Granby Parks and Recreation has on-going after school programs. Your child can join any time. Programs include Rock Wall Climbing, Volleyball, Spirit Club, Hip Hop, Irish Step Dancing, Yoga, Food Explorers, Fashion and Modeling, Tennis Lessons and PE Games and Activities.
Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED: For ages 16 and up. Monday, Nov. 29, 6–7:45 p.m. at Salmon Brook Park Gathering Room. This course will prepare you to recognize and care for a variety of first aid, breathing and cardiac emergencies involving adults, children and infants and meets OSHA/workplace requirements. This is a blended learning course including an online portion and an instructor-led classroom skill session. Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a digital certificate for Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED valid for two years.
Gentle Restorative Yoga: Wednesdays, 6–7 p.m. at Holcomb Farm North Barn Pavilion.
Gentle Flow Yoga: Saturdays in the fall, 10–11 a.m. at Salmon Brook Park Gathering Room. Join Rachel Little for an easy-to-follow yoga practice that will leave you feeling great. We will combine deep breathing with basic yoga poses to build strength and flexibility, to energize the body and to improve posture and confidence. Modifications are offered as building blocks or to accommodate past injury. After warming the major muscle groups, deeper poses and stretches are offered, using support when appropriate. We will also build community as we reconnect to ourselves and others in a safely spaced, friendly and accepting environment.
Yoga For Strength: Mondays and Fridays, 8–9 a.m. at Salmon Brook Park Gathering Room. Develop strength and flexibility with this more challenging dynamic flow, integrating movement and breath with sun salutations, twists, back bends and core strengthening with an emphasis on proper alignment. Combine this with the cultivation of inner peace and the mindfulness of breath awareness. A complete practice for sure. Modifications always offered. Listening to your body always encouraged. This program is taught by Laura Fetzer-Seger.
TAZ Fitness Challenge: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8–8:55 a.m. at Salmon Brook Park Gathering Room. Join long time certified and motivating fitness instructor Terri Ziemnicki for this high energy, low impact fitness class which includes a full body cardiovascular, interval and strength training workout. All fitness levels welcome. Please bring your weights, exercise mat and water bottle. Come be a part of this fun class and great workout.
TAZ Low Impact Fitness: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9–9:55 a.m. at Salmon Brook Park Gathering Room. Slow it down with this sequence of yin yoga postures (deep stretches held for 3-5 minutes) and aromatherapy (Wisdom of the Earth therapeutic grade essences). By combining the slower, deeper aspects of yin yoga with the healing properties of Wisdom of the Earth’s pure therapeutic grade essences used in aromatherapy, this practice will help to restore balance within the energy systems of the body, leaving you feeling relaxed, renewed and ready to face whatever life is offering you. This practice will bring peace and healing on so many levels.