Recreation Department

Motor vehicle tax bills have not been generated, due to issues with the State of CT not determining a rate for motor vehicles.  Once the State completes their duties, motor vehicle tax bills will be issued.  As a result of motor vehicle tax bills not being issued, beach stickers have not been mailed.  Therefore, THE BEACH STICKER THAT EXPIRED JUNE 30, 2017 IS STILL VALID AND WILL BE THROUGH JUNE 30, 2018.

Beach Stickers for non-residents are $150/season or $20/day for Long Beach and Short Beach. For those residents with new cars or leased vehicles, a car registration or tax bill and a driver’s license must be shown to obtain the stickers at the Recreation Office at Birdseye Complex. For your convenience the Recreation Department Office will be open at Birdseye Complex on Saturdays beginning April 22-September 30 from 8-2 pm.  Resident cars without stickers will be charged the parking fee.  Current stickers(expires June 2017) will be accepted until the new ones are mailed out.



The mission of the Recreation Department is to provide quality, affordable recreational services to enable the entire community to utilize their leisure time, and to enhance the quality of life. We provide individuals with facilities and programs through which they have an opportunity for social interaction, to improve their physical conditioning, to develop new skills, and to enjoy safe, wholesome, and satisfying activities. We also establish cooperation with community and area agencies to complement, or supplement their services.
The Department reserves the picnic pavilions at Short Beach beginning March 1 and Boothe Park as well as the Boothe Park Dining Hall.

Recreation Department offices are closed Monday January 1, Monday January 15, Monday February 12 Monday February 19, Friday March 30, Monday May 28, Wednesday July 4, and Monday September 3.            

The Stratford Recreation Department staff is certified in CPR and first aid.

All Recreation Department programs are open to everyone in Town. Any individuals with a disability who need special assistance to participate in the programs should contact the Recreation Office.


The Recreation Department Staff has made every effort to prepare this website as accurately as possible and to frequently update it.  However due to publication deadlines, program listings/information may require that adjustments be made to programs, fees, schedules, etc.  We apologize in advance for any errors or for any inconvenience these errors may cause. 

The Recreation Department accepts cash, checks, VISA and MasterCard and American Express.

The Stratford Recreation Department is now offering bus trips in 2018.  For more information, see "Lifetime & Fitness Activities" link.

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Contact Information

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


Follow Us On Twitter: @StrfdRec

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 21 – September 29