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  • Beach parking areas are currently resident only

    SHORELINE OPENING - With Restrictions

     A West Haven resident beach sticker is required to park in each lot and is only valid if affixed to the inside lower left corner of the vehicle’s windshield. If no sticker is present, the resident driver must show a valid driver’s license and registration, both of which must have the same city address.  Lots will have constable attendants daily, but the pay kiosks are turned off and constables are not selling passes or collecting fees.
    • The city has mailed new resident beach stickers with the July tax bills. As of July 1, only valid stickers affixed to the windshield will be accepted.
    • For the boardwalk, people must maintain social distancing and wear face masks at all times. Social distancing includes staying at least 6 feet away from others.  No bicycles are allowed on the boardwalk until further notice.
    • Use of the boat launch is for West Haven residents only. Residents must comply with COVID-19 boating guidelines from the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

    West Haven Recreation will be offering modified camp programs at several locations this summer. We will be following the Youth Camp Guidance for Covid -19 issued by the State of CT Department of Early Childhood.  Restrictions will limit many usual camp activities, and include many mitigations such as monitoring camper temperatures, frequent hand washing, and constant sanitization of contact points – particularly around restrooms.
    • Camp numbers will be limited, and campers will be separated into distinct groups of no more than 10 to minimize overall contact.  Siblings will need to be grouped together.
    • Camps will run Monday through Thursday.  No early drop-off, late pickup, or bus service will be available.
    • Camps will be cancelled on rain days
    • No pool or structured aquatic instruction is currently permissible.
    • Temperatures will need to be taken upon arrival, and must be at or below 99.9°.  Any camper not feeling well will have a sequestered area to be attended to while they wait for immediate pickup.  Should a camper fall ill and test positive for COVID-19, the entire contact group will need to be sent home for the session.
    • Staff will be required to wear masks and utilize proper PPE until those protocols are relaxed.
    • Recognizing the need for day care, Painter Park Day Camp will run from 9am to 4pm. Other camps at our traditional playground sites will operate from 9am to 1pm for those who prefer a shorter day.
    Registration is open.  All programs will hold three session: July 6-16, July 20-30, and August 3-13.  We hope to see you soon!

  • First time to our website, WELCOME! We hope you will find an activity, program or special event! Please create a household account to start your family's participation with WHPR! If we can be of assistance, please don't hesitate to call 203 937-3651, email or visit us at our Painter Park office, 190 Kelsey Ave. SE, HABLA ESPANOL!
  • Lifeguard's Needed:  Accepting Year Round - Apply Today if you are a certified American Red Cross Pool & Waterfront Lifeguard!  For more info please contact Margaret Ruggiero - Pool & Waterfront Coordinator

Welcome to West Haven Parks & Recreation

Contact Info
Recreation Director: Mark E. Paine, Jr. 
Office Hours: Mon-Fri, 9am – 5pm; Camp Season, 8am - 5pm
Address: 190 Kelsey Ave. (Painter Park)
   West Haven, CT 06516