Groton Parks & Recreation: About Us
Groton, Connecticut is a community where everyone feels welcome and included, and has opportunity to live, work and play in a safe healthy environment.
Our mission is to build up Groton, Connecticut as a happy, healthy, more connected community. We do this by offering affordable, inclusive recreational programming; working with community partners to promote events and bring services to communities of socioeconomic need; and building and maintaining a thriving system of accessible parks, trails and recreational facilities.
Groton Parks and Recreation values including people as a means of strengthening our community. The Department strives for inclusion and equity by:
- making all programs, services and activities equally available and accessible.
- making intentional efforts to be welcoming to all citizens, particularly those who have been historically under-resourced in terms of parks and recreation.
- striving to enhance each individual’s potential for full participation in programs and services of their choice.
- providing specialized opportunities specifically designed to meet the needs of those with varied interests, abilities or backgrounds.
Recreation Services, Thrive55+ Active Living Center: Powered by Groton Senior Center, Shennecossett Golf Course, Parks & Trails: All four divisions of the Groton Parks & Recreation Department are dedicated to improving the quality of life of the Community through programs that promote health and wellness to all ages, contributing to economic development, ensuring social equity to those facing financial or physical challenges, and through conservation measures that protect our parks and open spaces.
Economic Development - We bring money into the community by offering recreational programming, park traffic and special events that serve Groton residents and draw visitors.
Conservation- We act as a steward of Groton’s parks, trails and public beaches – conserving natural resources by using best practices to manage open spaces and coastal shorelines.
Social Equity- We work with local partners to engage in outreach, offer services to fill essential community needs, and grow a financial aid program that increases access to programming.
Health and Wellness - We foster health and wellbeing by offering accessible recreation programming, affordable essential services and resources that support active lifestyles.
Proudly serving the residents of Groton, Connecticut and surrounding towns in Southeastern Connecticut.