General Information

Registration for programs must be made in advance of the first session. Program fees must accompany all registrations. There is a $5 charge for registering at the first class.  All registration will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis until the maximum registration is reached. To be sure of a place in the program early registration is urged. In some cases, late registration will be accepted if space is still available; however, program fees are not pro-rated. Late registering persons must pay the full registration fee. There is a $5 non resident fee for classes which accept non residents. 


Programs may be canceled for insufficient enrollment.  The Recreation Department does not call to confirm registration.  We will only call if the program does not run.  Please bring your receipt to the first class.  Telephone registration is not accepted. 

The Recreation Department staff has made every effort to keep this website up to date and accurate.  However program listings/information may require that adjustments be made at the last minute to programs, fees, schedules etc.  We apologize in advance for any errors or for any inconvenience these errors may cause.

Programs open to everyone 
An individual(s) with a disability are welcome to enjoy the programs offered by the Department. Anyone who needs special assistance to participate in the programs should contact the Recreation Department.

OnLine Registration 
Participants may register for most programs online.  You must have a user id and password to use the online registration program.  Please call the Recreation Office to obtain your user id and password.

Photo Policy
Any photographs taken of any participants of the Stratford Recreation Department programs or activities may be used for publications or advertising materials such as brochures and flyers.  Any participant not wishing to have a photograph of them must inform the Recreation Dept at registration.

Medical Insurance Policy
The Town of Stratford is self-insured and does not carry accident insurance for participants.  Personal health insurance is recommended.  All participants must sign the waiver form before participating in our programs.  For those under 18 a parental is required.  Please make the staff aware of any allergies or medical conditions at registration.

Scholarships & Discounts
Senior Citizen Discount for those 62 and older is 50% for most programs.  Scholarships are available for some programs with a 25% deposit.  Just complete the application at the Recreation Department office at Birdseye Complex.  Please submit your most current income tax return form.  For all other programs, forms must be received at least 4 weeks before the program Family rates for multiple classes, and second and third child discounts are also available for some programs.  Discount rates are for siblings in the same family.

Cancellation Policy
A decision on evening program cancellations will be made at 5:00 pm.  Listen to WICC or call the Recreation Department 385-4129 after 4:30 pm or go to for a listing of all league cancellations.  Flood Pool will be cancelled during thunderstorms for 45 minutes after the last sound of thunder.  Programs may be cancelled if the minimum class requirement is not met.  Refunds in full will be made for these programs.  If school is cancelled, preschool, and toddler classes as well as the Ella Grasso Therapeutic Swim are cancelled.  If school is delayed, morning classes and programs are cancelled but classes beginning at noon or later will take place as long as weather conditions permit.  If schools have early dismissal, am classes will be held but classes at noon or later will be cancelled.


When Town Hall closes at 3 PM for weather events or major holiday early release, programs also be canceled in the same time frame.

Refund Policy 
The Recreation Department will refund money only when:

  1. The department cancels the class
  2. A medical excuse is obtained
  3. The participant has taken only the first class and informs dept immediately they are withdrawing. 
  4. When a replacement is obtained
All other refunds will be pro rated plus a $10 administrative fee will be charged per program. There are no refunds for camps unless a replacement is found. Refunds will be received approximately 2 weeks after notification.

Cancelled Checks 
Checks returned for insufficient funds will be charged a $13 fee.  Payment must be made within 3 days of notification by cash, money order or credit card.

Job Opportunities 
Applications are available for employment at the Human Resources Dept in Town Hall. Applicants must return their application to the Human Resouces Dept. Applicants should be Stratford residents and 18 years of age. The Department is always looking for qualified volunteers to officiate, umpire, teach swimming, or donate their expertise in any program.

Registration Forms 
Mail to Stratford Recreation Dept., 468 Birdseye Street, Stratford, CT 06615. Make checks payable to the Town of Stratford. Registration for programs may be done online, and by mail.

Additional Links

Contact Information

Patricia Patusky
Superintendent of Recreation
Stratford Recreation Department
468 Birdseye Street
Stratford, CT 06615


Voice: (203) 385-4052
Fax: (203) 381-2072
Permits: (203) 385-4053
Youth Programs: (203) 385-4129
Cancelations: (203) 385-4129

Recreation Office Hours:
8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Monday through Friday

8:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Saturday – April 23 through September 24