Parks & Recreation

The Parks & Recreation facilities at Niantic Park for pickleball, tennis, & the playground are OPEN from 8:00 AM to 8:30 PM. All ball fields are open. The Skate Park is open. 

Faces masks/coverings are required if social distancing cannot be maintained at playgrounds and beaches.

The basketball courts at Niantic Park have been closed until further notice.

If it is raining at opening time, the courts will NOT be unlocked for the day.

Please note due to Covid-19:

  • Use the basketball, tennis, & pickleball courts cautiously at your own risk.

  • There will be only two (2) pickleball courts.

  • The gates will not be sanitized.

  • Parents/guardians: please properly supervise your children.

  • No one in the courts but active players.

  • Do not congregate in groups of 10 or more. Please avoid social gatherings.

  • Social distancing according to CDC Guidelines must be practiced at ALL TIMES.

  • Patrons must maintain a minimum of 6 feet from others.

  • Please place items (backpacks, water bottles, etc) at a safe distance (at least 6 feet) from other occupant’s items to avoid any surface contamination.

  • Please be vigilant in the spread of the virus by practicing hand hygiene as CDC guidelines recommend.

  • The use of face masks are required to be worn in accordance with CDC Guidelines.

  • Please stay home if you are experiencing any symptoms as listed by the CDC Guidelines.

  • Please do not enter any of the courts if you have any symptoms or exposure risks as listed by the CDC Guidelines.

Dogs on beaches:

No dogs are allowed on public beaches from May 15th through September 15th between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. and on Inkwell Beach between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Animals must be under control of owner and all waste properly removed.

No dogs are allowed at Niantic Park playground.

No bicycles, skateboards, rollerblades or animals are allowed in tennis court area.

Weddings & Special Events Reservations

The Ocean Park Bandstand, East Chop Lighthouse and other park space is available for weddings and other events. Applicants must complete the appropriate event form and return it to the Parks Commissioners for review.

Applications and the $200 deposit are due 10 days prior to a Parks Commission meeting. 
See the Parks Commission page for meeting dates.

Note: Sailing Camp Park is managed by the Conservation Commission:


  • Fee for small events (weddings, clambakes, etc): Minimum of $300
  • Fee for large events: Minimum of $1,000 per day
  • Fee for Town events: varies

For all events, there will be a $200 deposit; which will be nonrefundable once application is approved by Commissioners. Balance will be due no later than 30 days prior to the event. If unable to use park area due to rain, the Park and Recreation Department will refund money except deposit.

No large organized events (50+ people) will be allowed in July or August in Waban/Alley Park 

Please review the Special Event Check List below before submitting your application to the Parks Commission.
Note: The Park Commission retains the right to waive any and all fees


Massachusetts guidelines & Parks & Recreation By-Laws and documents