Aquatic Programs


Beach Photo

The Ellington Parks and Recreation Department offers great aquatic programs for all ages.

Please note that not all programs available are mentioned on this page; for more information, please visit our Activenet page.

Click here to review the letter regarding having a raft at Crystal Lake; this letter was provided to the Town by Stephen Pendl, Risk Management Consultant, CIRMA Risk Management Services.

Swimming Lessons  for the 2022 season: Please check Activenet for the swim lesson offerings for Ellington Residents beginning July 11th. If you have any questions please email Assistant Recreation Director/Aquatics Director Mary M. Bartley @


Last Day Open for the 2022 Season Thursday, August 25th.

The Ellington Recreation Department has been working diligently to ensure a safe aquatic experience and is pleased to announce that the beach is open for daily use. Beach hours have been slightly extended and the beach will be open for operation on weekdays from 11:30AM – 5:30PM  and on weekends from 10:30AM – 6:00PM beginning June 11.

The Crystal Lake Sandy Beach Facility will be open June 16th  through August 25th , 2022. 

(weather & staff permitting)

BEACH PASSES Available for purchase online through Activenet starting May 2, for Ellington Residents ONLY, or in person at the Recreation Department during regular business hours.

2022 Season Pass Rates - Ellington Residents Only:
$70.00 Per Family
$40.00 Individual
$10.00 Senior Citizens (ages 60+)

2022 Walk-In Rates - Ellington Residents Only
$10.00 Adult (ages 18+)
$8.00 Child (ages 5-17) - ages under 5 are free
$1.00 Senior (ages 60+)

2022 Walk-In Rates - Non Ellington Residents
$20.00 Adults (ages 18+)
$10.00 (ages 5-17) - Ages under 5 are free
$1.00 Seniors (Ages 60 +)

Playground, Picnic and Volleyball Areas are Closed

Carry in/Out” trash policy will be in effect: Patrons must take out what they bring in. No receptacles will be available for public use.
 Restrooms will be open
 Restroom capacity will be limited to one individual or family at a time.
 Restrooms will be cleaned periodically throughout the day 

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Should the parking area or waterfront reach maximum capacity at any point, the beach will be
closed and notification will be posted immediately on the Ellington Recreation Department Facebook page at Any closures due to weather or staffing will also be posted. 
Please be sure to check our Facebook page before departing for the beach.

Please note these requirements reflect our current guidelines, any changes or updates will be posted to our Facebook page.  Beach officials have full authority to impose further restrictions to ensure a safe aquatic environment. Law enforcement will be monitoring beach activity and any willful violation of beach rules may result in immediate ejection from the premise, revocation of beach pass rights, and any further action deemed necessary by law enforcement.