Headquartered in historic Waveny House, the Recreation Department's goal is to enhance the quality of life for New…More Canaan residents by using town resources such as public parks, public buildings, and public facilities to provide recreation and leisure activities for individuals and families. It offers a wide array of recreation services to suit residents' various needs and interests at a reasonable cost.
Recreational Programs for all ages are offered year-round. Programs include the team sports of Baseball, Soccer, Swimming, Diving, Water Polo, Flag Football, Softball, Field Hockey and Tennis, plus individual instruction in Golf, Soccer, Tennis, Paddle Tennis, Running/XC, Swimming, Exercise, Diving, Guitar, and Field Hockey. Educational programs in Science, Nature, Magic and Computers along with Summer Day Camps for children and special events round out the offerings. New Canaan also has many public spaces and facilities available for the enjoyment of all, including Waveny House, Waveny Pool, Platform Tennis Courts, Mead Tennis Courts, Spencer’s Run, Kiwanis Park and the Waveny Park and Irwin Park hiking trails.
Residents may visit the Recreation Department office or website to sign up for programs, to obtain permits for tennis, paddle tennis and swimming, and to find information about New Canaan's parks and recreation facilities.
New Canaan is landlocked so the only place you can stick your toes in the sand is a golf course hazard, or the…More manmade beach at Kiwanis Park. Located on Old Norwalk Road, just off of Main Street, Kiwanis Park is one New Canaan's two public swimming facilites.
Open from June through August, visitors are invited to play and relax on the sandy beach or take a dip in the park's swimming hole.
Kiwanis Park also includes an outdoor basketball court, playground, snack bar and picnic area.
Kiwanis Park is only open to New Canaan residents and their guests. Pick up a membership card at the Recreation Department office.
Saxe is New Canaan's public middle school for students in grades 5-8.
Grade 5 students are assigned to a…More homeroom. Pairs of fifth grade homerooms are combined into teams in which the two teachers share the core academic instruction. Special area teachers provide instruction in science, physical education, art, and music.
Grades 6, 7, and 8 are organized into four-homeroom teams for social studies, science, math, and language arts instruction. Physical education, art, music, and also world languages are taught by special area teachers.
Middle School Choices—a coalition of town and school agencies including the Recreation Department, the YMCA, the Outback, the Youth Services Department and the Parent-Teacher Conference—organizes after school activities at Saxe and the Outback teen center throughout the academic year for middle school students.
Saxe strives to build community that obides by the "3 C's"—caring, communication, and commitment.
The school opened in 1932 and moved to its current location on South Avenue near New Canaan High School in 1971.