The Parks and Recreation Department is responsible for organizing and administering a comprehensive assortment of recreation programs, athletic leagues, and special events for youth, teens, adults, senior citizens, and families. The Torrington Parks and Recreation Department is proud to offer an outdoor pool, pond, playgrounds, picnic shelters, athletic fields, trails, outdoor basketball courts, tennis courts, ice rink, sledding hill, indoor gymnasium, Skatepark, Teen Center, Recreation Hall, Civic Center, Gardens at Coe Memorial Park, and Carl Bozenski’s Christmas Village.
The Parks and Recreation Department administers a wide variety of programs including: tennis lessons, golf lessons, swim lessons, babysitting courses, Mad Science Camps, Lego Clinics, summer playground program, trips, dance and fitness classes, adult and youth sports leagues, and much more.
The Parks and Recreation Department also has many popular special events that are available to the community throughout the year. Some of the special events offered include: Trunk or Treat, Light-Up Main, Christmas Village Toy Shower, Christmas Village Parade, Holiday Decorating Contest, Last Night, Easter Egg Hunt, Northwest Idol Contest, Northwest Kid Rock, Summer Concert Series, Winter Carnival, Mayor’s Polka Night, Community Tag Sale, Lions Club Craft & Gift Fair, Fireworks, Touch-A-Truck, and Fuse Fest Music Festival. The Parks and Recreation Department has collaborated with various organizations on events including the Mayor’s Committee on Youth, Arts and Culture Commission, Torrington Lions Club, Torrington Police Activities League, First Congregational Church of Torrington, and Torrington Municipal and Teachers Federal Credit Union.
In addition to organizing programs, the Recreation Department administers facility rentals at the Armory and Coe Memorial Park Civic Center. Both facilities were rented by many local organizations, community agencies, and private users. The Parks and Recreation Department also schedules and prepares athletic fields for use by many local organizations at Alvord Park, Bishop Donnelly Sports Complex, Fuessenich Park, Oak Avenue Sports Complex, Joe Ruwet Park, John Toro Sports Complex, and Major William Besse Park.