Recreation Department

About Us

The department's mission is to offer a variety of recreational programs to advance social equity and access to meet the needs of as many City of Danbury residents as possible from the young to seniors and those with disabilities. Develop schedules that will maintain maximum facility utilization and monitor all park assets. We want to facilitate physical activities and healthy lifestyles, create positive youth and family development and safeguard park visitors and recreational participants. We will continue to develop outreach efforts with a focus on our diverse population to attain more integration of our youth in public and private recreation programs.

The Danbury Recreation Department's goals are to offer extensive recreational programming opportunities for residents young and the young at heart. Opportunities include participating in recreational activities or enjoying our leisure facilities. Our objectives to achieve this includes: employing park maintainers to work diligently every day to ensure every facility is manicured and has been carefully prepared to ensure optimum use of that playing surface, whether it is for a game or practice session. Additionally, we continue to invest our resources in rebuilding infield surfaces and making improvements to drainage at many of our facilities.

2021-22 Accomplishments

  • A tobacco and vape-free environment was implemented in all City parks. Colorful, informational signs were installed to alert general public.
  • Purchased new boat ramp dock for Candlewood Town Park to replace existing one.
  • Replaced synthetic turf surfaces at Kaplanis & Perry Fields and Danbury High School.
  • Built Outdoor Basketball Court located in Rogers Park next to playground and spray park.
  • Rogers Baseball Park was rebuilt with a new infield and installed an improved drainage system in outfield.
  • The underground wiring, conduits, connections and poles with LED lamps were replaced for Rogers Park Lighting on Softball Field # 3. 
  • Built outdoor exercise stations at Candlewood Town Park, Rogers Park, Highland Ave Park and Bear Mountain. 

2022-23 Objectives

  • Install an early warning lightning detection system encompassing all major park venues. The system will insure advance warning of impending severe weather and notify officials when it is safe to resume play.
  • Install entry gate and surveillance to ensure use by Danbury residents with season ramp pass.
  • Rogers Park Lighting System on remaining Softball Fields by replacing underground wiring, conduits, connections, poles and lamps as required. 

Community Awareness

The Department of Recreation will continue to promote awareness of all services available through the use of the City of Danbury website, and the Danbury Board of Education through the distribution of flyers, social media, and any other forms of media available to improve communications.