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 Parking Stickers

​For Residents

Beach stickers are for taxpaying residents whose vehicles are registered in West Haven. The seasonal benefit entitles you to free beach parking in the following municipal lots: South Street, Dawson Avenue, Sea Bluff, Bradley Point, Rock Street, Oak Street, Altschuler Plaza, Morse Park, Sandy Point and the April Street boat rampPlease note that Palace Street is a pay-for-parking only site for both residents and nonresidents. Beach stickers are not valid anywhere on Palace Street. Please use a municipal lot if you have a beach sticker. Please make all beach sticker inquiries to the Department of Human Resources at City Hall, 355 Main St.

For Nonresidents

A seasonal parking pass for nonresidents costs $75, payable by cash or check, 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 motor vehicle registration and a driver’s license are required for the purchase of a nonresident beach sticker, which is valid in municipal parking lots only — not the April Street boat ramp.

Otherwise, the daily parking fee for nonresidents is $12, or $1.50 per hour, payable at the beach lot kiosks.

Parks and Recreation Commission

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