Waterbury Public Parks

Public parks and recreational facilities are located throughout the City – offering tennis, swimming pools, ball fields, ice skating and community programs. In addition, the City offers bathing, boating and fishing facilities at Lakewood Park within the City, and at Lake Quassapaug and Hitchcock Lake just outside the City limits.

The fields, courts and recreation space at Waterville Park in Waterbury CT Dave Therault
Water feature in Lakewood Park in Waterbury CT that is used for boating and fishing Dave Therault

One of Waterbury’s signature parks, Fulton Park, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The 70-acre park contains three main sections – two of which feature athletic fields and tennis courts, while the other is known for its beautiful rock garden, rose garden and lilac path. 

Fulton Park was designed by the Olmstead Brothers, who are renowned for having designed many high-profile projects – including Central Park in New York City.


Scenic view of the water feature and trees located in Fulton Park in Waterbury CT Dave Therault

Throughout the year, a variety of events bring folks of all ages and interests to Downtown Waterbury.

Golfing in Waterbury

Waterbury has several golf options for players of all skill levels. Two 18-hole City-owned golf courses – Western Hills and East Mountain – are located in the City, as is the acclaimed Donald Ross 18-hole private course at the Country Club of Waterbury. Several 9-hole golf courses are also situated immediately adjacent to the City.

The green at the golf course at the Waterbury Country Club WORX

Country Club of Waterbury.

The Gathering

Each September, Waterbury welcomes The Gathering – one of the largest multicultural festivals in all of New England. The brainchild of Waterbury publisher John Murray, and in partnership with the City, The Gathering represents the cultures of more than 100 countries – including food, customs and performances.

Greater Waterbury YMCA

Committed to the health and wellness of the Greater Waterbury community, the YMCA offers programs for people of all ages and abilities, providing the building blocks of a healthy lifestyle. Strong in spirit, mind and body for 160 years, the Y strives for inclusion and making healthy lifestyles accessible to all members of the community. 

And, with a recent campus expansion that saw the renovation of two buildings, the YMCA now serves nearly 200 Pre-K to 5th Grade students on a daily basis through Child Development and School Age educational programs.

Women participating in a health and fitness dancing class at the Waterbury YMCA Greater Waterbury YMCA
A swim instructor teaching a young girl in goggles to swim at the Waterbury YMCA pool Greater Waterbury YMCA

Yoga In Our City

Presented by the Waterbury Health Department, in partnership with the City of Waterbury, Yoga In Our City is just one of several free community-wide programs that bring together anyone interested in relaxation and exercise.


Two women sitting on yoga mats in the grass turned around and waving Waterbury Health Department

Waterbury Youth Programs

Youth in Waterbury can participate in a variety of programs throughout the City. One such program is the Waterbury Police Athletic League (PAL), which provides activities that emphasize education and learning, as well as participation in sports and recreation. The goal of PAL is to enable all young people – regardless of race, religion, income or handicap – to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

A young student reading a picture book at the Waterbury PAL after school program Waterbury PAL
A group of young children in Waterbury CT wearing martial arts uniforms standing together Waterbury PAL
A group of people gathered together outside in Waterbury CT enjoying a local event

This is Waterbury – where everyone belongs,
and where you’re welcome to join in.

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