About Friends of Wilton Recreation

Who We Are

The Friends of Wilton Recreation, Inc. has been formed to seek private funding to assist the Wilton recreation facilities and programs to benefit activities for all ages in our community. The Friends of Wilton Recreation, Inc. aims to support the recreation programs by securing monies and resources, developing community relationships, and serving as an advocate for development outside the department’s budget.

Our mission is to assist a Park and Recreation System which enriches the quality of life for residents and visitors alike, and preserves it for future generations. This will enable us to provide learning, competition and an enjoyable, social experience that promotes development of the whole person (not just the athlete) including respect of one’s self and others, the programs, the coaches, counselors, our families and the community.

Ways Recreation Serves Our Community

Gavin Park is a central recreation complex for residents of the Town of Wilton and surrounding communities. Not only does Gavin Park offer a myriad of youth activities such as an After School Program and Summer Day Camp, sports programs for baseball, soccer, basketball, pickleball and coaches’ clinics, and family celebrations like the Holiday Tree lighting, and also hosts several regional athletic tournaments and events that bring thousands of people to the area who frequent local shops, restaurants and hotels. Additionally, Gavin Park provides employment opportunities for many area youth.

Gavin Park Facts

53-acre facility: 28 acres owned by Town of Wilton – 4 acres are undeveloped; 25 acres managed by Town of Wilton for Saratoga City School District

Park includes two multi-purpose gymnasiums, meeting room, three pavilions, 15 athletic and baseball fields, well-groomed walking path/track with exercise stations, batting cages, splash pad, covered ice rink, indoor/outdoor batting machine, game room, playground, basketball courts, indoor/outdoor pickle ball courts, soccer fields, tennis courts and concession area.

Park use since 2005

2020 – 75,000 COVID
2021 – 175,000
2022 – 290, 000
2023 – projected to be higher than any year since Gavin Park has been operating.