Special Needs Programs


The Parks & Recreation Department offers various programs for persons with disabilities throughout the year, including Special Olympics, Teen and Adult Social Club, and Camp Sunburst, a summer camp for participants ages 6 - 21.

Special Olympics
For participants ages 8 and up
The East Hartford Parks & Recreation Department takes great pride in partnering with Special Olympics CT to provide opportunities for special needs athletes to engage in athletic programs where athletes participate in weekly practices and showcase their skills and abilities in state competitions, all while developing friendships and memories. Our highly experienced staff are devoted to working with each program's athletes to provide a positive environment and encourage our athletes to strive to do their best.  The Parks & Recreation Department offers Special Olympics programs throughout the year with various competitive activities.

Currently Offering: Spring 2024 Programs 

  • Swimming
  • Track & Feild
Dates: Saturday, April  6 - May 25
Time: 8:45am - 9:45am
Location: EHMS Pool
Fee: Res $60 Non-Res $70
Track & Field 
Dates: Saturday, April 6 - May 25
Time: 10:30am - 12:00pm
Location: EHMS Track & Field
Fee: Res $65 Non-Res $75

 Prior to participating in any practices, Athletes and their parent/guardian(s)s are required to visit the Special Olympics of CT website and complete the following:

Note: All athletes must provide updated Special Olympics CT; Athlete Medical and Release forms PRIOR to registration. For competition purposes, all athletes must register PRIOR to the start of the first practice.The following forms must be filled out completely when registering for Special Olympics. Medical Forms are valid for three years.

Teen & Adult Social Club -
For participants with special needs, ages 13 & up
From bowling and the movies to paint nights and dances, there's something for everyone. Our experienced staff will provide a night of supervision and activities in addition to facilitating group interaction and fostering positive behaviors. Staff are trained in the field of special education and are able to provide the necessary skills to facilitate the program.

Movie Night at Parkade
Date: Friday, Jan. 12
Time: 6:00 - 8:00pm
Location: 416 Turnpike West, Manchester 
Fee: $15 Res/$ 20 Non-Res
Dinner at Roma
Date: Friday, Jan. 26
Time: 6:00 - 8:00pm
Location: 358 Burnside Ave, East Hartford 
Fee: $15 Res/ $20 Non-Res
Bingo Night at CCC 
Date: Friday, Feb. 9
Time: 6:00 - 8:00pm
Location: CCC Auditorium, 50 Chapman Pl. East Hartford 
Fee: $10 Res/$15 Non-Res
Bowling at Silver Lanes 
Date: Friday, Feb. 23
Time: 6:00 - 8:00pm
Location: 748 Silver Ln, East Hartford 
Fee: $15 Res/ $20 Non-Res
 Crafts & Music Night 
Date: Friday, Mar. 8
Time: 6:00 - 8:00pm
Location: CCC Auditorium, 50 Chapman Pl, East Hartford 
Fee: $10 Res/ $15 Non-Res
Click here to register online  Please note that while drop-ins are permitted for some events, pre-registration is highly encouraged for planning purposes.