Parks and Recreation

The primary mission of the Department of Parks and Recreation is to enhance the life experience of our residents through providing leisure opportunities and helping develop lifetime skills and interests.

Anyone with a disability who may require reasonable modification or assistance to participate in our programs should call our office.

Annually, more than 15,000 residents take advantage of the department's recreational programs, which rank among the best in Greater New Haven.


We offer a wide variety of activities for the whole family, from preschool programs for toddlers to a fitness program for seniors, with something for everyone in between.

Visit our website for a complete listing of all activities being offered. You will find all the information you need to know, including program dates, registration dates, times, places and fees. We update the website regularly as new programs or sessions are added.

Program Registration

You can register in person or online with a MasterCard or Visa credit card. Call our office at 203-937-3651 to find out how to preregister your family, obtain a family password, and start using this convenient method of registration.

Register securely online.

Beach & Boat Ramp Passes

​For Residents

The city’s boat ramp permit program is overseen by the Department of Parks and Recreation, which is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Free boat ramp stickers are available for residents at the department’s Painter Park office, 190 Kelsey Ave. All boat trailers must have a valid resident or nonresident boat pass permanently affixed near the license plate or on the tongue of a properly registered trailer. Parking passes are not accepted as a replacement for a boat ramp permit. Replacement boat ramp stickers for residents cost $10 — no exceptions.

For Nonresidents

A season parking pass for nonresidents costs $75 and is available for purchase from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays in the Department of Human Resources on the second floor of City Hall, 355 Main St. A season boat ramp permit costs $100 and is available for purchase at Park-Rec’s Painter Park office, 190 Kelsey Ave.

Otherwise, the daily parking fee for nonresidents is $10 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and $5 after 5 p.m. The nonresident lots are Sea Bluff, Bradley Point, Morse Park, Sandy Point and the April Street boat ramp.

Parks and Recreation Commission

  • David Coyle, Chairman
  • Richard Beirne
  • Wayne Valaitis
  • Todd Tompkins
  • Gary Donovan