Recreation Services

Recreation Services encourages personal growth and builds relationships through involvement in a variety of social events, classes, and physical activities. 

Supported activities include the ARI Artists Initiative Classes, Aqua-Aerobics, Dinner Dances, Vacations, Bocce, Trips to Watch Local Sporting Events including the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, Monthly Dinners, and much more.  Members of ARI participate in community recreational groups including Challenged People in Motion Golf, Darien YMCA Funbusters, Special Olympics (including swimming, snow shoeing, bowling, and track & field), and much more.   ARI also facilitates vacations including overnight stays at nearby destinations and week long vacations.

This month’s Recreation Calendar:

February/March, 2024

To sign up for any of the following recreation activities, please contact Gerard Gasparino, [email protected]. RSVP required for all activities.

Aqua-Aerobics will continue on Wednesdays in February and March from 6:15-7:15pm at the Darien YMCA.  The class will exercise in the pool each Wednesday during the Fall/Winter months.  All attendees MUST register by contacting Gerard Gasparino at (203) 324-9258 ext. 3023 or email [email protected].

The ARI Artists’ Initiative Class will continue on Thursdays in February and March.  Participants will be able to work on their artwork.  Class will be open to all interested.  Note that there will be NO art class on Thursday, March 28th.  Contact Gerard Gasparino for more information.

The St. Patrick’s Party will take place on Monday, March 11 at the Knights of Columbus from 6:00-8:30pm.  The party will include dinner, dessert, and dancing.  Menu to include Shephard’s Pie.  The cost to attend will be $25.  Please RSVP with payment by Wednesday, March 6.

***The Darien YMCA is beginning a swim program for individuals that would like to either learn how to swim or increase their swimming skills.  If you are interested in this program please contact Gerard Gasparino.

 ***Save the Date: The St. Patrick’s Parade will take place on Saturday, March 2.  Once again, ARI plans to walk in this parade.  We will meet at the Hoyt/Summer Street intersection with the parade beginning at 2pm.

 ***Save the Date: The 18th Annual Walk for Independence will take place on Sunday, April 28th at Cove Island Park.

****Please note that the following programs offer Special Olympics. If interested please contact.

ARI offers Bocce in the Summer.  If you are interested in joining the team, please contact Gerard Gasparino

Darien Lions, Kera Connolly, [email protected]. Sports include: aquatics, bowling, powerlifting, sailing, snowshoeing, tennis and cross country skiing.
Greenwich Special Olympics, James Warner, [email protected]. Sports include: aquatics, track and Field, figure skating, golf and speed skating.
Stamford YMCA, Pat Fervil, [email protected]. Sports include: basketball, bowling and soccer.
Special Olympics of Norwalk, Olivia Skiffington, [email protected]. Sports include: track and field, bowling, floor hockey and volleyball.

For more information regarding recreation services or to sign up for activities, contact Gerard Gasparino, Associate Director of Development & Program Support at (203) 324-9258 ext. 3023, or e-mail [email protected].


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