The Vernon Parks and Recreation Department will be sponsoring the 41st Annual 5K Mother’s Day Dash on Sunday May 11th.  The start and finish will take place in Henry Park (120 South St; Vernon, CT 06066).

There are 17 different age divisions and a special mother-daughter, mother-son division.  The top three in each division will receive prizes.  In addition to the main race, there will also be a special children’s race.

There will be a free raffle for all runners that stay for the awards ceremony.

Live family entertainment will be provided throughout the race.

There will be plenty of water, bagels and fruit available to the runners.


Race proceeds will benefit the Vernon Teen Center, the Police Explorers and the Robert J. Bonadies Scholarship Fund at Rockville High School.

For further information, please contact Bruce Watt at 860-870-3520.

Click here to Register On-line                  Click here to download the Registration Form


49th Annual Fishing Derby

Sponsored by: Jt’s flyshop; union, ct

 Saturday, May 3, 2014 8:00am to 11:00am (Rain date: May 4th). Valley Falls Pond will be stocked with plenty of trout, take this opportunity to introduce your children (Ages 15 and under) to fishing when the odds are stocked in their favor. No charge for residents, $3 for non residents.  Prizes will be given to the top 3 in each division.  The John M. Gessay Award will be presented to the participant who catches the heaviest trout.


The annual fireworks will be held on Tuesday, July 1, 2014 (Rain date: July 2, 2014). The Parks and Recreation Department is accepting donations from individuals and businesses for this event.   For details, contact the office at 870-3520.



Any business interested in having a 4x8 sign displayed, year round at the Henry Park softball field are asked to contact the P&R office regarding details.  Henry Park has over 200,000 participants that use the Park.  There are numerous special events that take place in the Park.  There isn’t a more visible place in Vernon, take advantage of this opportunity.


Easter Egg Hunt

The Annual Easter Egg Hunt will once again take place at Henry Park this spring on Friday, April 18.  Come and hunt for thousands of foil wrapped solid chocolate Easter Eggs hidden by the Easter Bunny.  Children 2-4 must be accompanied by an adult during the event.  No pre-registration is required.

Who: Children ages 2-8

Friday, April 18 (rain date Saturday, April 19)

Henry Park

Times:              Age 2:             9:45a.m. on the Softball Field

                        Age 3-4: 10:15am on the McCoy Baseball Field

                        Age 5-6: 9:30am on the Softball Field

                        Age 7-8: 10:00am on the McCoy Baseball Field


Earth Day

Come and help keep Vernon beautiful on Wednesday, April 16!  The Vernon Parks and Recreation Department welcome families, friends and organizations to help take part in projects to help beautify the town.  Interested groups may call the Parks and Recreation Department at 870-3520 for more information.


New York City Day Trip

Enjoy a fun day on your own in New York City.  The Vernon Parks and Recreation Department is sponsoring this day trip to New York City on Saturday, May 24.  This is a beautiful time of year to enjoy all of  New York City!  The bus will leave from the Vernon Teen Center at 8:30a.m. to arrive in New York City at approximately 10:45a.m.  The bus will depart from New York City at 6:00p.m. to arrive back in Vernon at approximately 8:30p.m. 

Saturday, May 24

Fee:     Residents $40 Non-Residents $45 

Send A Kid To Camp

The Vernon Parks and Recreation Department is looking for sponsorships to send a child to camp this upcoming summer.  A $75 sponsorship can send a child to camp for a full week.  Either donate on your own or get a group of people to pitch in and help 1 child.  Our goal is to give 100 children the opportunity to go to camp this summer that may not usually be able to attend.

Save a life

The Vernon Parks and Recreation Department is kicking off our “Save A Life” campaign. Nationally, drowning remains the second-leading cause of accidental death among children, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. An estimated 300 children under the age of five drown in swimming pools and spas every year, and more than 4,200 kids 15 and younger visit hospital emergency rooms because of non-fatal submersion injuries, including those that result in permanent brain damage.

The Town of Vernon is acting upon this upsetting statistic and has created the “Save A Life” Program, which is intended to send children to swim lessons for free. A $45 donation can send a child through 8 classes of swim lessons. Become a hero and SAVE A LIFE today.


Donations can be made payable to:

The Town of Vernon

120 South Street

Vernon, CT 06066



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