Parks & Recreation Commission

CHESTER PARKS AND RECREATION

Celebrating Community

through People, Parks and Programs!

e-mail parkrec@chesterct.org or call 526-0013 x223

Stay safe and healthy, and respect the safety of others.  Practice social distancing.  When you can’t, please wear a mask in public, including while you ENJOY OUR PARKS.

2021 Children’s Full and Half Day Summer Program Registration and Information

Enjoy safe, outdoor only, children’s summer activities with programs for those entering grades 2 through 6.  Registration is limited to 12 participants per activity.  Sign-up for a half-day in the morning or afternoon, or add the lunch hour and join the fun all day!  These programs are open to Chester residents only, until March 31st.  Registration will be available to those from other towns beginning April 1st.

AVAILABILITY

June 21, 22, 23     Basketball:  8 spaces

June 21, 22, 23     Crafts:  10 spaces

June 28, 29, 30     Disc Golf:  7 spaces

June 28, 29, 30     Science:  6 spaces

July 12, 13, 14        Lacrosse:  6 spaces

July 12, 13, 14        Woodcraft & Nature:  3 spaces

July 19, 20, 21        Soccer/Hockey/Croquet:  2 spaces

July 19, 20, 21        Crafts:  6 spaces

August 2, 3, 4         Basketball: 9 spaces

August 2, 3, 4         Science:  10 spaces

August 9, 10, 11      Disc Golf:  7 spaces

August 9, 10, 11      Crafts:  18 spaces

Supervision is provided by our CIAC Department of Education certified coaches Kristina Finnerty, Randy Netsch, and Tyler Saunders.  Tyler is a teacher.  Kristina and Randy coach two sports at VRHS.  All have experience leading youth activities this school year, during the current challenging environment.  Additional staff members will be from our experienced camp and lifeguarding staff including Abby Amara, Emi Bisson, Jackson Bisson, Kyra Brennan, Chloe Clark, Jack Guthrie, Sam Iselin, Juliette Linares, Brianna Livingston, Egan Rothrock, Zach Saunders, Lindsey Valentino, and Reece Whitney.

In every activity we will provide each participant with their own materials and equipment.  Our program list, on the linked registration form, includes socially distant activities such as non-contact Lacrosse skills, basketball golf, and basketball baseball.  Examples of Craft, Science, and Woodworking projects are squirt gun tie dye T-shirts, tile trivets, suncatchers, culturing bacteria, magnets, CPR, bluebird houses, 3-D models, walking sticks, and more.  Each participant in Disc Golf takes home their own set of discs.  The lunch hour session may include a game, nature hike, or sport.  Flexibility is built into our schedule so that those that finish early will be provided with extra activities and the last time block in the afternoon may offer the opportunity to split the group so that those who would like, may participate in an extra session of the morning sport, or another sport or game.

2021 Swimming Lesson Registration

Parent/Child non-swimmer classes are offered in July at Cedar Lake for ages 2 through 7.  Classes observe social distancing and are limited in size.  Participants must be Chester residents or have purchased a non-resident park pass.

AVAILABILITY

11:00-11:45   ages 2 & 3       4 spaces

12:00-12:45   ages 3 & 4      4 spaces

1:00-1:45        ages 4 & 5       FULL

3:00-3:45       ages 5 & 6       2 spaces

4:00-4:45      ages 6 & 7        1 space

Pay for any program or make a donation with this button.  Please add $5 to cover the cost of this service when registering for a program or purchasing a non-resident park/beach pass.

 

Non-resident park passes are available for $120, or $125 when using a credit card.  Send your name, address, phone number, e-mail, and license plate number with your $120 check payable to the “Town of Chester” Chester Parks and Recreation, 203 Middlesex Avenue, Chester, CT 06412.  If paying $125 by credit card please e-mail the above information to parkrec@chesterct.org.  Use of our parks, including Cedar Lake, require face coverings and social distancing.

Town parks are currently not available for group use.

HOW TO PLAY DISC GOLF & NORTH QUARTER PARK COURSE DIAGRAM: Disc Golf Map & Instructions

A starter disc set of two discs, with a putter and midrange/driver, is available from the Chester Parks and Recreation Department for $10.  Please e-mail parkrec@chesterct.org or leave a voicemail message at 860-526-0013, x223 if you are interested in a purchase.

For SAFETY, CHILDREN under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult at Cedar Lake and all Town parks.  Remember!  PARK EQIPMENT IS NOT DISINFECTED.  PLEASE SANITIZE YOUR HANDS BEFORE AND AFTER USE.

The Bates (B) field at Chester Elementary School is closed for repair until further notice.  The Brooks (A) field and Holden (C) field are available for school and individual use.

Please observe the new parking configuration and entrance to North Quarter Park.   Vehicles are permitted only in the parking lot.  All other areas of the park are not open to public traffic, including the access road to the disc golf course. 

DO NOT leave litter or any materials in our facilities.  AUTOMOBILES, BICYCLES, SCOOTERS, and SKATEBOARDS are not permitted on the Basketball Court, Disc Golf Course, or Playground.

EXPLORE CHESTER ON YOUR OWN, WITH FRIENDS, OR WITH YOUR FAMILY LED BY

This is a clue to answer the last North Quarter Park question.

This is a clue to answer the last North Quarter Park question.

“I SPY CHESTER…….MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE”.

Exercise your body and your mind! Take a walk guided by our map and puzzle sheet. Visit one, or all six locations in one day. They are within walking distance of Main Street. Enjoy the beautiful weather and learn about our Town with an activity for all ages.

(If you want the answers you may access them HERE.)

Fiesta at the LakeCedar Lake 2021 Summer Season

2020 Modified Rules for Cedar Lake

Lifeguards are no longer on duty until June of 2021, at the Town Beaches on Cedar Lake.  When visiting the beach parks, for safety, please abide by the  modified operations for 2020, above.  It is the policy of the Chester Park and Recreation Commission that access to the Town parks, including the beaches on Cedar Lake, is by permit only. Vehicles of residents parked at Town facilities must display a public access sticker, which is available at the Town Clerk’s Office. Non-residents must display a parking pass on their vehicles and show their pass and identification when entering a staffed facility. Residents and pass holders may bring up to six people, but must accompany them.  Groups of 10 or more must make reservations in advance by submitting a completed group use application at the bottom of this page, a certificate of insurance to the Town, and pay a group fee.  Groups are currently not being scheduled due to the coronavirus restrictions.

Please note that watercraft* are not permitted at Pelletier Park while lifeguards are on duty. For access to Cedar Lake please use alternate launch areas at the Town Beach across from Lakeview Avenue or the State Boat Launch on Bishop Road.

*including – but not limited to – kayaks, canoes, paddle boards, row boats, and inflatables

When parking at Pelletier Park or Lakeview Park on Cedar Lake, or Parkers Point Boat Launch on the Connecticut River, please display the Chester public access sticker on your vehicle (Public access stickers may be obtained from the Town Clerk’s office.) or the nonresident parking pass that was distributed to nonresident pass holders.

Cedar Lake

The Town of Chester owns Cedar Lake and maintains two public beaches on its shores. The area of the lake is about 80 acres and is fed by two springs and two inlet streams with outflow into the Pattaconk Brook. The lake is about 60 feet deep in the middle. The Town owns approximately one third of the shore. Another third is owned by Camp Hazen YMCA. The remainder is private residences and State owned property, incluphoto of pavilionding a boat launch. Chester’s main beach, on West Main Street, has a 50,000 square foot swimming area that is as deep as 20 feet in one corner during the spring. The park at the shore is named Robert H. Pelletier Park in memory of the Chester resident who was the Head Lifeguard for more than two decades. The area is 0.7 acres and includes seasonal lifeguard coverage, picnic tables, a pavilion, grills, and a food concession. The smaller beach is located on Cedar Lake Road. It is unstaffed and has no designated swimming area. The beaches require patrons to have a permit.

North Quarter Park

North Quarter Park is a 22 acre, multi-use facility, located at the corner of Main Street and Middlesex Avenue. It includes a playground, picnic area, basketball court, 9-hole disc golf course, and two open fields in a wooded setting. The northern section of the park has a well-maintained .5 mile nature trail loop. The end of the trail offers beautiful views of the wildlife and habitat of the Chester Creek. A variety of water fowl, birds, and vegetation can be seen along the trail and in the creek.

Parker’s Point Boat Launch

This .6 acre boat launch facility is located at the end of Parker’s Point Road on the Connecticut River. It offers boat trailer parking and a picnic area with a beautiful view. The shore is a favorite winter eagle viewing location. A permit is required for parking. Details and prices may be found on the Park Fee Schedule

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Chester Creek Overlook

The overlook is a waterfront spot with a .4 acre deck, seating area, and parking lot on the Chester Creek, just a stone’s throw from the Connecticut River. It is located at the end of Railroad Avenue. The Town dock at the overlook houses marine rescue and law enforcement watercraft.

L’Hommedieu Park

This old mill site is located on Spring Street, along the Pattaconk Brook. It is a peaceful setting with a dam, rushing waters, a picnic table, and views of Mallards, Wood Ducks, Great Blue Heron, and beavers. An historical narrative is posted at the park.

Chester Elementary School Baseball Fields

Three baseball fields are maintained by the Parks and Recreation Department at Chester Elementary School, on Ridge Road. This property was originally donated to the Town in 1928 by Jessie C. Bates, Hilton C. Brooks, and William P. Holden for athletic fields. The fields may be available for group usage by submitting the “Group Application for Unstaffed Park Usage”, below.

PLEASE CONTACT US IF YOU NOTICE A PROBLEM OR HAVE A CONCERN REGARDING ONE OF OUR PARKS!

860 526-0013 extension 223 or e-mail: parkrec@chesterct.org

MAKE A SPLASH NEXT SUMMER?  2022?

We are an outdoor program specializing in waterfront activities!

Our Camp Counselors are Certified Lifeguards.  

SUMMER CAMP IS OPEN TO RESIDENTS OF ALL AREA TOWNS!

ACCORDING TO CONNECTICUT GENERAL STATUTE 19a-77 WE ARE REQUIRED TO DISCLOSE THAT TOWN OF CHESTER PROGRAMS ARE NOT LICENSED BY THE STATE OFFICE OF EARLY CHILDHOOD.

When paying for Summer Camp with PayPal, please add $5 PER WEEK, PER CHILD, to defray our cost for this service.

NATURE & ART on Mondays, SWIMMING, WATER SAFETY, COOPERATION PROJECTS & OUTDOOR COOKING on Tuesdays, SWIMMING & TEAM CHALLENGES on Wednesdays, SCIENCE & ART on Thursdays, FIELD TRIPS on Fridays, SPORTS, CRAFTS, GAMES, & FUN every day!

Our SUMMER CAMP rivals any camp in the area! We offer swimming, sports, science & nature, arts & crafts, team building, and more, but unlike many camps, children choose most of what they wish to participate in throughout the day from a variety of programmed activities.  The hours are from 8:15am until 3:45pm at Chester Elementary School on Mondays, Thursdays, and severe weather days, and Cedar Lake on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. If the camp meets at the school on Tuesday or Wednesday due to weather, Thursday camp will be held at the lake that week. The children take field trips on Fridays.

The week of  ? is ADVENTURE CAMP, a premium week with 2 field trips for students entering grades 5 through 8, only. 

The weeks of  ? and ? are open to campers entering grades 2 through 7.

The weeks of  ?, ?, ?, and ? are open to children entering grades K through 6.  KINDER-CAMP & 1* is a separate program for children ENTERING, AND JUST COMPLETING, KINDERGARTEN.   It features staff and programming designed specifically to meet the needs of younger children. Activities include games, sports, crafts, nature, music and movement, teacher led swimming, and story time.  The children have their own teachers, lunch time, and activities in their own group running concurrently with our grades 2 through 6 camp, at the same location.

Our camp fee includes all program and field trip expenses, except lunch. Children do not need to be Chester residents to attend. 

The information for our 2022 Summer Camp is based on a pandemic-free summer!

PARK INFORMATION:

Ordinance Concerning the Use of Town Parks and Beaches

Michael Abramson, Chairman

Ivey Gianetti
Deron Grabel
John Saunders
Michael Abramson
Dawn Saunders
Kurt Ziemann
John Williams

 

 

COMMISSION MEETING RECORDS:

February 22, 2021 Agenda|Minutes

January 11, 2021 Agenda|Minutes

October 26, 2020 Agenda Minutes

September 14, 2020 Agenda|Minutes

May 21, 2020 Agenda|Minutes

May 11, 2020 Cancellation

March 30, 2020 Cancellation

February 10, 2020 Agenda|Minutes

January 13, 2020 Agenda|Minutes

October 28, 2019 Agenda|Minutes

September 16, 2019 Minutes

May 20, 2019 Cancellation

April 29, 2019 Agenda/Minutes

March 4, 2019 Agenda|Minutes

January 14, 2019 Agenda|Minutes

October 24, 2018 Agenda|Minutes
September 26, 2018 Agenda|Minutes
September 25, 2018 Cancelled
July 9, 2018 Minutes
April 30, 2018 Agenda|Minutes
March 21, 2018 Agenda
February 12, 2018 Cancellation
January 8, 2018 Agenda|Minutes with Proposed 2018/2019 Budget

2017

October 24, 2017 Agenda|Minutes , October 13, 2017 Minutes, October 25, 2017 Cancellation, September 27, 2017 Agenda|Minutes, April 26, 2017 Agenda|Minutes, March 22, 2017 Minutes, February 15, 2017 Agenda|Minutes , January 18, 2017 Cancellation, January 4, 2017 Agenda|Minutes|Budget 2018

2016

October 26, 2016 Agenda|Minutes, September 28, 2016 Agenda|Minutes, September 27, 2016 Cancelled, May 17, 2016 Agenda|Minutes, April 12, 2016 Agenda|Minutes, March 15, 2016 Agenda|Minutes, February 16, 2016 Agenda, January 19, 2016 Agenda|Minutes,

2015

November 4, 2015 Agenda|Cancellation, September 30, 2015 Cancellation, June 24, 2015 Agenda|Minutes, April 1, 2015 Minutes, February 4, 2015 Agenda|Minutes January 14, 2015 Agenda

2014

October 29, 2014 Minutes September 10, 2014 Minutes Agenda October 29, 2014 September 10, 2014 Agenda June 21, 2014 Minutes June 21, 2014 Agenda March 26, 2014 Agenda|Minutes February 19, 2014 Agenda|Minutes Agenda 02 05 2014 Agenda 01 15 2014

2013

November 12, 2013 Agenda|Cancellation September 10, 2013 Agenda|Cancellation June 22, 2013 Agenda | Minutes April 16, 2013 Agenda|Minutes April 9, 2013 Cancellation, February 12, 2013 Agenda|Minutes January 15, 2013 Agenda|Minutes

2012

December 11, 2012 Agenda|Corrected Agenda|Minutes November 28, 2018 Agenda – Special Mtg.|Minutes October 30, 2012 Agenda Sept. 11, 2012 Agenda|Minutes June 05, 2012 | May 12, 2012 Special Mtg February 07, 2012 January 10, 2012