Parks and Recreation COVID-19 update

Dear Parks and Recreation Friends, Participants and Neighbors,
We are certainly in some challenging and uncharted waters as far the impact the Coronavirus has had on our daily lives.  The Parks and Recreation Department will continue to work with our Town Leaders on making informed decisions regarding our parks and facilities; with this in mind, we are taking the following steps to keep you and your family safe and active:

  • All Programs and Activities sponsored by our department are temporarily suspended.
  • All new Facility Requests are being suspended until further notice, if submitting a request by mail or e-mail we will process on a first come-first serve basis once restrictions are lifted.
  • The sale of beach passes is suspended until further notice. Once restrictions are lifted we will encourage the public to purchase them by mail.  Please go to our web site for more information.
  • The Parks and Recreation Office is closed to the general public, staff is currently in the office to answer phone calls and e-mails.
  • All Playgrounds/Playscapes at McCook Point Park and Peretz Park @ Bridebrook are closed starting on Friday, March 20 until further notice.
  • Our Parks (other than Playgrounds and Playscapes) remain open. We ask that you follow the CDC recommendations on Social Distancing.

Boardwalk and Niantic Bay

 Here are some ideas of things you can do in our community to stay active.   It is recommended that you should avoid congregating with people, but recreate as a family or individual, get outdoors.

  • Walk the walking path that surrounds Peretz Park @ Bridebrook, bring a Lacrosse Ball and stick and throw against the new wall.
  • Visit McCook Point Park
  • Walk the Boardwalk
  • Spend time at one of our three beaches (collect shells, search for beach glass or other treasures)
  • Spend time biking at Rocky Neck State Park
  • Hike the Oswegatchie Hills Nature Preserve
  • Explore the Darrow Pond Property off Mostowy Road, (great place to do some bird watching)
  • Purchase a takeout meal from one of our local restaurants (or bring your own) and have a picnic at one of your favorite parks.
  • Hike the trails at Rocky Neck State Park.
  • Take a walk down Main Street starting at the Hole in Wall Parking Lot continuing to Cini Park and back.
  • Walk the perimeter of the Middle School/Lillie B. Haynes School property, this could include walking around the Brookside Farm, bring a Soccer Ball to kick around on the Middle School Soccer Field.
  • Walk the track at the High School, bring a football to have a pass on the turf field or your tennis racquets and use the High School Tennis Courts.
  • Spring has Sprung – Plant a Garden at home
  • Check on an elderly neighbor and see if they need any assistance
  • If hiking please take the necessary precautions to protect yourself from ticks

This is a sample list.  There are many more things that you can do at home or outside.

Visit the parks and send “selfies or scenic pictures” to Robin Grandieri – and we will select one of the pictures to be on the cover of an upcoming East Lyme “Events Magazine” (Please submit the picture in jpeg (.jpg) file format).