Parks & Recreation Commission

Celebrating Community through People, Parks and Programs! 

FOR INFORMATION e-mail or call 526-0013, extension 223

Office Hours: weekdays 9:30am until 1:00pm, until noon on Fridays, Tuesdays 3:30pm until 5:30pm


We are an outdoor program specializing in waterfront activities! 

Our Camp Counselors are Certified Lifeguards.  MEET OUR SUMMER STAFF!


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2017 Camp Calendar

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 programed activities.  It is open to children entering grades 1 through 7 and the hours are from 8:15am until 3:45pm, the weeks of June 26, July 10, July 17, July 24, July 31, August 7, and August 14, at Chester Elementary School on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays 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 fee
is $130 per child, per week, and payable at the time of registration.  The weeks of July 10 and July 24 (SEE KINDER-CAMP BELOW) are open to children entering Kindergarten, too!   The weeks of July 10, 17, 24, and 31 include optional swimming lessons the days the program meets at Cedar Lake.  All Kinder-Camp children participate in swimming lessons.

KINDER-CAMP  for children ENTERING KINDERGARTEN  has staff and programming designed specifically to meet the needs of younger children. Activities include games, sports, crafts, nature, 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 1 through 7 camp, at the same location the weeks of July 10 and July 24.

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

Pay your Summer Camp bill or donate to the Chester Parks and Recreation Scholarship Fund for local children to attend Summer Camp.  Please note: When charging Summer Camp please add $10 per week. 

NEW DATES!  CPR/AED & FIRST AID April 27 & 28 


YOGA at the Chester Town Hall

Tuesdays from 5:45-6:45pm 

Participate on any Tuesday  $10 drop-in fee

Karate Registration for grades K through 6.

The Chester Elementary School PTO Green Team will host a litter pick up at 9 am, Saturday, April 29th, the week after Earth Day!  We’ll meet at the parking lot across from Cedar Lake and clean from the Hazen cross walk to the corner of 145.  Camp Hazen has generously agreed to provide gloves, garbage pails (to avoid plastic bags!), and cones for road safety.  There will also be a rest room open for our use.  We recommend you and your children wear long pants, long sleeves, and boots to protect against bugs, itchy plants, and water.  Please bring reusable water bottles and snacks.  All are welcome, please spread the word!  Any questions, please contact



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

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


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 spring 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 2017 Summer Season

The Town Beaches on Cedar Lake are scheduled to be open for the 2017 season beginning June 15 through August 20 with scheduled hours from 10:30am until 6:00pm.  Hours may vary according to staff availability, training, weather, or special programs.  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 unstaffed parks must display a public access sticker, which is available at the Town Clerk’s Office. Non-residents must display a park pass on their vehicles at unstaffed parks and show their pass and identification when entering a staffed facility. Non-resident passes are currently $65 and valid through June 19 of 2018.  They are available at Pelletier Park during operating hours and at the Parks and recreation Office during the off-season. Chester residents may enter staffed facilities by showing a driver’s license, or other proof of residency or taxpayer status with identification. Residents and pass holders may bring up to six people, but must accompany them. All other guests are $3 each. 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.

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. Details and prices may be found on the Fee Schedule.

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, volleyball net, baseball field, and an open field 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 Fee Schedule.

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.


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