Facility Administration


Photo taken Dec 2002 by Robyn Greenspan

Updated August 17, 2017
           

Scheduling Use of School Buildings 
The Recreation Department schedules school buildings for use after 3:00 p.m. and on weekends. Non profit groups interested in using schools may download the Building Use Form and return to the Recreation Department. Insurance naming the Town as an additional insured is required.

Permits
Launching ramp permits, tennis permits, field permits, and beach stickers may be obtained at the Recreation office at Birdseye Complex, Monday through Friday from 9:00 to 4:00 pm. Ballfield and Tennis Permits are effective April 15 – Oct. 15. Call 385-4053 one week in advance for tennis and ballfield permits.
Launching ramp permits may be obtained Mon.-Fri. 8:30am-4:30pm and Saturday 8:00am-2:00pm at Birdseye Complex beginning April 22. Boat and trailer registrations must accompany the application.
New resident beach stickers will be issued in your June 2017 motor vehicle tax bill and are valid through June 30, 2019. 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. The office will also be open on Sundays July 2, 9 and 16 from 8-2 pm. Resident cars without stickers will be charged the parking fee.  We will accept the current sticker (expiration June 2017) for the rest of the summer.

Tennis Permits

Tennis permits may be obtained at the Recreation office at Birdseye Complex, Monday through Friday from 9:00 to 4:00 p.m. and tennis permits will become effective April 15. Call 385-4053 one week in advance for tennis permits.

Public Areas Permits

Groups interested in using Boothe Memorial Park, Short Beach Park, Paradise Green, West Broad Green, Academy Hill or another town facility or park (except Roosevelt Forest) should contact the Recreation Department. Applications may be downloaded.

Showmobile Use Permits

Non profit groups interested in using the Showmobile may download the application in PDF format and forward it to the Recreation Department. To download this document you'll need the free Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Short Beach Picnic Area Reservations - Form on Recreation Dept homepage under Online Documents

Short Beach Park has 3 picnic pavilions. Picnic Area #1 is the largest of the three and will hold over 100 people. It also has water and electricity to the site along with 2 large grills and 9 six foot picnic tables. It is the first picnic shelter at the end of Dorne Drive.

Picnic Area #2 is located near Pride’s Point and has 4 picnic tables with 1 grill. It has a capacity of 50.

Picnic Area #3 is located at Pride’s Point and has 4 picnic tables with 1 grill. It has a capacity of 50.


All 3 areas are handicapped accessible and adjacent to a boardwalk leading to a scenic overlook of Long Island Sound. A handicapped accessible bathroom is located in the middle of the 3 picnic areas.

Short Beach 
Picnic Area Fees - 2017

 

Weekday

Weekend & 
Holidays

Resident (25 or less) 
(Pavilion #2,3) 

$60.

$75.

Resident (26-50) 
(Pavilion #2,3)

$85.

$100.

Resident Non Profit (50&over) (Pavilion #1) 

$85.

$110.

Resident (50&over) 
(Pavilion #1)

$150.

$200.

Resident Business (Pav #1) 

$175.

$225.

Resident Business (Pav #2,3)

$95.

$115.

Non Resident (under 50) 
(Pavilion #2,3)

$175.

$240.

Non Resident (50&over) 
(Pavilion #1) 

$305.

$395.

Non Resident Business (Pav #1) 

$425.

$510.

Non Resident Business (Pav #2,3)

$290    

$345

Non Resident Non Profit 
(Pavilion #1) 

$140.

$210.

 

          
Reservations are required and may be made through the Recreation Department beginning March 1. Fee payment and bond must accompany application. Bond payment shall be returned if picnic area is left clean. Picnic Rentals can purchase up to 10 daily passes at $10 when purchased in advance at the Recreation Department Office.  There is a $20 fee for all vehicles without beach stickers for picnic reservations.

No raindates will be issued. Weekend is considered to be Saturday and Sunday.

A Damage Bond equal to the fee must accompany fee and will be returned if area is left in good condition. In addition a $200 bond must accompany the fee for pig roasts.

If a picnic reservation is cancelled 30 days in advance a full refund will be received minus a $10 administration fee. Cancellations within 29 days or less will result in a refund of their bond only.

Short Beach Park

Short Beach Park is a 30 acre beachfront property located at the mouth of the Housatonic River and Long Island Sound. It provides a beautiful view of the colorful sail boats as they leave and return to shore in the evening hours.

The Park has a Par 3 Golf Course, Handicap Accessible Playground, 2 Little League Fields, 1 Regulation lighted softball field, 7 beach volleyball courts, 8 tennis courts, 2 basketball courts, 3 picnic areas with bathrooms, a soccer field, a lacrosse field, 1000 feet of beachfront with concession stand, bathrooms and new deck.

Picnic Rentals can purchase up to 10 daily passes at $10 when purchased in advance at the Recreation Department Office. There is a $20 fee for all vehicles without beach stickers for picnic reservations. Non residents may purchase seasonal passes at the Recreation Office for $150. Recreation office hours are 8:00 – 4:30 p.m. and Saturdays from April 22 through September 30 from 8:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Lifeguards are on duty beginning June 17 through Labor Day from 10:00 – 4:30 p.m. Swimmers are asked to stay within the guarded area in front of the concession stand.
To insure the safety of all who attend our beaches several rules must be adhered to:
  • Swimming is permitted in patrolled areas only.
  • No floatation devices are permitted on the beaches.
  • No swimming in the channel at Short Beach is allowed.
  • Pets and glass bottles are not allowed.
  • Bathing suits are required.
  • No boats or windsurfers are allowed in patrolled areas.
  • No climbing on rocks
  • No rock throwing
  • No kite flying on beach

Additional Links

Contact Information

Patricia Patusky
Superintendent of Recreation
Stratford Recreation Department
468 Birdseye Street
Stratford, CT 06615
Email: recreation@townofstratford.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/STFDREC

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