The Town of Dryden has unique geographic and school district boundaries, which means we have to take a unique approach to providing quality of life services for our residents. The Town of Dryden spans almost 100 square miles, includes the Villages of Dryden and Freeville and the Hamlets of Etna and Varna. Several school district boundaries run into the Town of Dryden and its interior hamlets and villages. Please read below for basic information on how programs, events and recreational opportunities are delivered in Dryden:
The Town of Dryden Recreation Department:
It is the Mission of the Dryden Recreation Department to provide diverse recreational programs and leisure services which enhance the physical, social and cultural growth of all residents of Dryden, while promoting citizen involvement and a strong sense of community.
The Town of Dryden Recreation Department offers over 40 programs and events annually. The department serves residents of all ages through a wide variety of recreational opportunities-youth and adult sports, two summer music series’, summer teen programs, annual fireworks, egg hunts, Daddy-Daughter Dance, swim lessons, Red Cross certifications and more. Always go to our Forms page for a current Program Guide and registration forms. The Department also works with Town of Dryden Community Associations for program development and infrastructure improvements, government boards and commissions, community groups, and county, state and national organizations to make sure the recreational needs of Dryden’s residents are being met. The Town of Dryden Recreation Department is the lead agency for town-wide Recreation Planning and works closely with the Town Planning Department to develop and implement short and long term plans for open space, parkland, trails and outdoor facilities. The departments functions with the support of the Dryden Recreation Commission
The Tompkins County Recreation Partnership:
The Tompkins County Recreation Partnership serves youth from all over Tompkins County. Through the Partnership, kids who live in the Town of Dryden can participate in select Ithaca Youth Bureau programs and events at the same registration fee as City and Town of Ithaca residents. This serves two main functions–increased diversity of programs, and allows Dryden children who live in the Ithaca City School district to participate in programs with their peers. In 2011, the Tompkins County Recreation Partnership enters its 16th year. With ten municipalities and Tompkins County, this unique alliance is one of the largest in New York State. The Ithaca Youth Bureau Recreation Division is the program provider. The Tompkins County Youth Services Department provides planning and financial coordination. The contributions of the County and participating municipalities keep programs affordable and accessible. The Town of Dryden Recreation Director currently serves as the Vice Chair of the Recreation Partnership Board.
Dryden Youth Services:
Program provider:Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County, 615 Willow Avenue, Ithaca, NY 14850
The Town of Dryden works with the Tompkins County Youth Services Department and Cornell Cooperative Extension to provide youth development programs for middle and high school aged kids living in the Town of Dryden. These programs are contracted though Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE). Program managers are Cornell Cooperative Extension staff. All registration forms and permission slips are to be sent to CCE in Ithaca or turned into CCE Program Managers Dave Hall and Ruben Rahman.
Rural Youth Services (RYS)
Program Manager: Dave Hall
All programs are for Middle and High School aged youth from the Town of Dryden or attending Dryden Schools. RYS programs include Primitive Pursuits, Outdoor Cooking, Rocketry and more. All programs run from 2:30pm – 5:00pm.They meet at the Dryden Lion in the Middle School lobby unless noted otherwise. If school is on a Holiday or cancelled, Dryden Youth RYS Programs will not meet unless specified. Programs are generally FREE with donations welcomed and/or requested to help cover the cost of special programming. Please do not return permission slips to the Town of Dryden Recreation Department, please have your child give slips directly to Dave Hall.
Program Manager: Nikki Nease
Opportunity, Understanding, Respect, Success (OURS) is a 4-H program for youth residing in or nearby under-served mobile home parks in Freeville, New York. Every week, volunteers from Cornell University’s Youth Outreach Undergraduates Reshaping Success (YOURS) program work with the youth through mentoring, games, crafts, outdoor activities, and field trips. Programs include Mentoring, Teen and Tween Leadership Council, and Friday Fun for all Ages.
Dryden Youth Services programs promote youth development. The Dryden Youth Commission (DYC) assesses youth needs and recommends to the Dryden Town and Village (Dryden, Freeville) boards programs to be operated by the municipalities or through contracts with qualified local agencies.
Recreation Director:Melissa Bianconi Recreation Coordinator: Andrew Pierce
Address: 93 East Main Street Dryden, NY 13053 Phone: (607) 844-8888 Menu Option 4 Email: recreation
Last Updated on Monday, 17 June 2013 Created Thursday, 22 January 2009
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