Biography - Director of Parks & Recreation Ted Fravel

Ted Fravel was appointed the Director of East Hartford Parks and Recreation in March 2012. He received his B.S. in Recreation and Minor in Business from the National Recreation accredit program at Ithaca College, Ithaca New York. Prior to East Hartford he spent over 25 years with the Newington Parks & Recreation Department. He was in the positions of summer maintenance, winter basketball, Recreation Supervisor and Assistant Superintendent. He has also spent many years coaching the youth of the community. His background also includes high school and college officiating, playing and coaching.

During his tenure in East Hartford the Department completed the following capital improvement projects. Tennis Courts and East Hartford High School, Playscape on Town Green, Basketball Courts Hockanum School, Terry Pool Swings, Pool Deck Drennan and Golf Couse Paths at East Hartford Golf Course.

The Department has seen positive growth in the area of recreation programing. The following programs have seen an increase over the past five years. Boys and Girls Basketball grades 2 – 12, Vacation Programs, Swim Lessons Summer, Summer Preschool, Summer Basketball Camp, Ice Skating South Windsor Rink, Park Car Show, Bike to Work Day, Aqua Zumba, Summer Splash Series, Vacation Camp, Special Olympics, Unified Floor Hockey, Girls Basketball Summer Camp, Girls Basketball Fall Clinic, Summer Youth Employment, East Hartford HS Volunteer Day, Employee Fitness Class, Theater Program, Theater Performance. These programs represent an increase per year of over 2000 participant’s. Ted cannot take all of the credit for the increases, he is fortunate to a have support from the Mayor’s Office and an excellent programing, office and part time staff to create these programing opportunities for the community.

Ted and his family reside in Newington and can be reached at