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Town Recreation Department Webpage - 2017

Town of Grand Island Website

Joseph A. Menter - Recreation Supervisor
3278 Whitehaven Road

Previous Recreation Department News

Grand Island Recreation Department Open Swim - November 2017

   The Grand Island Recreation Department Open Swim Program is held on Sundays at the High School Pool from December 3rd through April 29th, from 12:00 - 3:00 p.m. Enter through door #21 at back of high school. See details.

Grand Island Recreation Nike Art Studio - November 2017

   The Grand Island Recreation Department Nike Art Studio is open Tuesday and Thursday 7-9 p.m. and Friday 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. It is located at the Nike Base, 3278 Whitehaven Road in the activity center. Students 9th - 12th grade are welcome. Follow on Instagram and Facebook for updates. @nikeartstudio.

Grand Island Recreation Department Youth Open Gym - November 2017

   The Grand Island Recreation Department Youth Open Gym Inclusive Program will be held on Wednesday nights starting November 8th at Kaegebein Gym. Two programs for children, with and without disabilities, ages 5-7 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.. ages 8-11 7:15 - 8:30 p.m. See details.

Grand Island Recreation Department Adult Volleyball League - September 2017

   The Town of Grand Island Recreation Department Men's and Women's Volleyball League starts November 8th & 9th. Register by October 12th. See details.

Grand Island Recreation Department Men's Basketball League - September 2017

   The Town of Grand Island Recreation Department Wednesday Men's Basketball League starts November 8th. Register by October 12th. See details.

Grand Island Recreation Department Adult Fall Leagues - August 2017

Softball & Kickball League has been cancelled.
   Fall Softball League - Co-Ed Wednesday's at 6:15 p.m., Men's Thursday at 6:15 p.m., starting September 6th. Six weeks + playoffs. See flyer. Registration Form.
    Adult Kickball League - Co-Ed Friday Evenings at 6:15 p.m., Co-Ed Saturday Mornings at 9:00 a.m., starting September 8th. 7 week program. See flyer. Registration Form.

GI Recreation Flag Football - August 2017

   The Grand Island Recreation Department is hosting "Flag Football Skills & Games" for boys and girls ages 7-15. It will be on four consecutive Tuesday evenings, from 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., starting September 5th. There are 40 spots available to participate. See flyer for details.

GI Recreation Department Courts Open - July 2017

Top: Tennis, middle: Pickleball, bottom: Street/Roller Hockey.

   Havenwood courts are now open! The facility includes two pickeball courts, one tennis court and a street / roller hockey court. Each court has a surface specifically designed for the sport. The roller hockey surface is a harder material designed to handle the use of hockey sticks and roller blades. The tennis and pickleball surface is a softer material designed for more traction and bounce of the tennis balls and pickleballs. Sticks and blades are allowed only on the hockey court.
    Kaegebein courts are in the process of being resurfaced. They are scheduled to be open in late July. Due to the deteriorated condition of the courts, they had to be completely redone. The surface had to be milled up and new black top laid down. The black top surface has to cure for 30 days before the court surface can be put down. Once it is finished it will have two tennis courts and one tennis court will also be lined for pickleball. There is no street or roller hockey allowed at this facility - please use the Havenwood hockey court.
   Pickleball is one of the fastest growing sports in America. If you are unfamiliar with the sport or wish to learn more, check out the USA Pickleball Association website at www.usapa.org.A ribbon cutting ceremony for both facilities is planned for late July, keep an eye out for the date and time. More information on the facilities, recreation programs and contact info can be found at www.ginyrec.com or by calling the Recreation Department at 773-9680.
   Help keep our courts in good condition - only tennis, pickleball and roller hockey on the surfaces designed for each sport. Please, no dogs, bikes or any other unauthorized activity.

GI Recreation Department Thank You - July 2017

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   "Thank you to Isledegrande for advertising the Independence Day Parade and Dick Bessel Run and Recreation Programs. We hope everyone had a great 4th of July and enjoyed the parade." - Grand Island Recreation Staff

GI Recreation Department Easter Egg Hunt - April 2017

Recreation Department employee Chris Serra and Supervisor Joe Mentor give out instructions.

   The Grand Island Recreation Department Easter Egg Hunt and Island Easter Bunny visit on Friday, April 14th at the Town Commons,was a well attended event. Hundreds of kids showed up to snatch up over 4000 eggs.

GI Recreation Adult Softball and Soccer Leagues- April 2017

    The GI Recreation Department Adult Co-Ed Soccer League begins Sunday, June 4th, registration ends May 18th. See details.
    The GI Recreation Department Adult Co-Ed Softball League begins week of May 8th, registration ends April 20th. See details.

GI Recreation Department Art Studio - April 2017

   The Grand Island Recreation Department will be opening an Art Studio geared for teenagers in grades 9-12. The studio is located in the Activity Center at the Nike Base. Participants will have the opportunity to work on art of all different types - painting, drawing, sewing, photography, sculpture, potter etc. The studio will also host workshops, guest speakers, art shows, art socials and more. A variety of art supplies are available for participants of all artistic abilities. Recreation Department staff will supervise the studio and be available to guide and mentor participants. Staff includes current art teachers from the high school and college art students.
   This new program was made possible through a collaborative effort between the Grand Island Recreation Department and the Grand Island Central School District Art Club. The Art Club and its members, under the direction of teacher Cindy Wynne, have been hard at work over the last few months to get the studio ready. They have acquired tables, cabinets, desks and stools donated from the school district as well as furniture and art supplies through various donors. The Recreation Department has purchased basic supplies to help participants get started including easels, paint, paper and rulers.
    Art studio hours will be Friday evenings from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. and Saturday afternoons from 12:00-5:00 p.m. Additional days will be announced at a later date. A grand opening is planned for Saturday, April 22 from 12:00 - 5:00 p.m. We will have a ceremony with light refreshments at 2:00 p.m.

GI Recreation Department Co-Ed Golf League - April 2017

    The Grand Island Recreation Department is sponsoring a Co-Ed Adult Golf League on Thursday evenings, starting May 18th and running through July 20th, at Beaver Island Golf Course. The league is limited to 12 - two person teams. See flyer for details.

GI Recreation Department Easter Egg Hunt - March 2017

   The Grand Island Recreation Department Easter Egg Hunt and Island Easter Bunny visit is on Friday, April 14th at the Town Commons, starting at 10:00 a.m. The hunt for 5-10 year-olds will be at 10:15 a.m. and the toddler - 4 year-olds at 10:30 a.m. You can get a picture with the Island Easter Bunny, Guess the Eggs contest and do Easter themed coloring. See flyer for more details.

GI Recreation Department February Break Activities - January 2017

   Activities are open to children in 4th-8th grade. Register by Thursday, February 16, 2017 by phone (773-9680) or email - recreation@grand-island.ny.us. Each activity is limited to 25 spots and pre-registration is required. Save $5 if participating in both activities, $25 for all five days!
  • Build Your Own Mouse Trap Powered Racing Car at the Community Center at the Nike Base, 3278 Whitehaven Road. Children will build and race their own mouse trap powered racing car and they can keep them when finished. Monday through Wednesday, February 20-21-22, from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. The cost is $20.00 per child, all materials included.
  • Movie and Games at the Activity Center at Nike Base Park, 3278 Whitehaven Road. Watch a movie in the Activity Center "Theatre" and play air hockey, knock hockey, arcade basketball and other games. Monday through Wednesday, February 20-21-22, from 12:00 - 3:00 p.m. Thursday & Friday, February 23 & 24, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. The cost is $10 per child for the whole week! Includes snacks and beverages during the movie.

    2016/2017 Fall/Winter Schedule - October 2016

        The Grand Island Recreation Department has announced their 2016/2017 Fall/Winter schedule. There are more exciting activities than ever available for youth and adult.
  • GI Recreation Department Fall / Winter Programs 2016/2017
  • GI Recreation Department Adult Basketball Open Gym 2016/2017 - Tuesday Nights
  • Youth Open Gym - Wednesday Nights, Pre-registration required.
  • Saturday Activity Center 2016/2017
  • Sunday Family Swim