New Canaan

Eileen Hanford Real Estate

New Canaan, CT

New Canaan is the quintessential New England town with old school charm and urban sophistication. Downtown New Canaan is chic and charming with its tree lined streets filled with today's high end shopping and numerous gourmet restaurants. Just 44 miles outside of Manhattan and it's own train station that directly takes you there, this town offers the perfect setting for today's family looking to move out of the urban bustle. New Canaan's highly ranked public school system and state of the art sports facilities is what draws families to come visit, fall in love and buy their first home. In the heart of town is Waveny Park which boasts over 250 acres of woods, meadows and running trails in addition to sports fields, the town pool and dog park.

Town of New Canaan



New Canaan offers an abundance of year-round recreation activities: 14 town tennis courts at Mead Park, a town pool at Waveny Park, two ponds for skating (Mead and Millpond), playgrounds at Kiwanis Park, Dixon Park and Mead Park, picnic areas for public use, and a town-sponsored recreation program, offering youth and adult athletic leagues. Mead Memorial Park has baseball fields, a pond for ice-skating and tennis courts. Kiwanis Park has a town public pond with a beach. There is a private golf course and a community YMCA.

Boy Scouts Troop 31

Troop 31 was formed in 1997 and has a current active participation of approximately 35 young men. We have had many Scouts earn their Eagle rank. Our Troop's Scouts have hiked the Appalachian Trail, backpacked at the Boy Scout of America's Philmont reservation in New Mexico, and attended the BSA's National Jamboree in Virginia.

Cub Scouts and Brownies

From wildlife investigations to field ecology and astronomy, the New Canaan Nature Center offers more than 50 interactive programs designed to help girl and boy scouts fulfill requirements needed to complete badges and other advancements. With 40 acres of natural habitats and a live animal collection of birds of prey, reptiles and mammals, the Nature Center provides scouts with hands-on discovery, explorations and activities.

Country Club of New Canaan

Country Club of New Canaan is at 95 Country Club Road. To join, you must be sponsored by a current member. The club offers an 18-hole golf course, swimming pool, paddle courts, squash court, tennis courts and a full-service dining room.

New Canaan Field Club

203-966-6879, located at 164 Smith Ridge Road. To join, you must be a New Canaan resident and be sponsored by two members. The club offers four lighted platform tennis courts, 10 Har-Tru tennis courts, a swimming pool and wading pool, playground, and three pavilions.

The Lake Club

203-762-5600, on Thayer Pond Road on the New Canaan-Wilton border. Facilities include a swimming pool, 10 tennis courts, five paddle tennis courts, boating, canoeing, fishing, basketball courts and a playground.

New Canaan Baseball/Softball

New Canaan Baseball/Softball offers baseball and softball opportunities to boys and girls from second grade to 13 years of age. For information, call Jim Mase at 203-273-5707 or email

Fairfield County Football League

Fairfield County Football League offers tackle and cheerleading programs for boys and girls grades 3 through 8 in New Canaan. For information, visit online or call Laura Budd at 203-966-3515 or email

Kiwanis Park

This park includes a large pond with sandy beach for swimming and sunbathing. Many camps come here during the summer months. There is a playground, a snack bar, restrooms and a picnic area.

Ed Dixon Memorial Park

This small park is located on Hoyt Street and contains a playground.

Irwin Park

This 36-acre park features a new 3/4 mile multi-purpose trail for walking, running and biking. There are baseball fields in spring. There is an apple orchard in the front lawn. The newly restored Gores Pavilion is located here. The New Canaan Building, Health, Inland/Wetland and Planning & Zoning Departments are located in the main red brick building.

Mead Park

This 24-acre park has four baseball fields, a pond for skating in the winter, a batting cage, horseshoe pits, a playground and 8 clay tennis courts, two lighted for night play. Mead Park Lodge contains handicap-accessible bathrooms, a full-service snack bar and picnic tables.

Mill Park

This park contains walking trails and a large pond for fishing and skating. The pond is lighted for skating in winter and has recently been dredged.

Maritime Rowing Club

Maritime Rowing Club is a masters program that also operates out of the SoNo Wharf, opposite the Maritime Center. The coaching staff is the same as at New Canaan Crew. It has programs for experienced rowers as well as learn-to-row programs for beginning adult. There are competitive and recreational programs. The boathouse includes a fully equipped fitness center and is open year round. Applications and more information may be found on our website. You may also call 854-5492 or email

New Canaan Crew

New Canaan Crew is a club sport at the high school with about 90 boys and girls who row at the SoNo Wharf in Norwalk and is home to New Canaan High School crew, Saxe Middle School crew, and St. Luke's crew. There are spring and fall competitive seasons and a winter workout season. For information, call Hank Ellett at 203-966-7540 or email

Norwalk River Rowing Association

Norwalk River Rowing Association 203-866-0080—offers instructional, recreational, and competitive programs for youths and adults.

New Canaan Town Pool

This 50-meter pool has lap lanes and a diving well. There is also a kiddy pool, dressing rooms, showers, lifeguards and a full service snack bar. Swimming lessons are offered. Photo ID passes for residents are required and are available for sale at the Recreation Department Office, 203-594-3600.

New Canaan Soccer Association

New Canaan Soccer Association has travel teams that are open to children ages 8-13 and into high school. There are also skills training programs for under 8 and older players not on a travel team. For registration questions email Michaela Valente

New Canaan Flag Football League

New Canaan Flag Football League is offered for boys in two divisions, ages 9 to 11 and 12 to 14. Coordinator is Phil Davis. Call 203-972-7722 or email

New Canaan Lacrosse Association

New Canaan Lacrosse Association kicks off its yearly programs in late winter for boys and girls in first through eighth grade. A fall ball program, which stresses training and development, begins in September. For information, call Jenkins Marshall at 203-972-6948. The association hotline is 203-352-3265.

New Canaan Basketball Association

New Canaan Basketball Association offers league play and instruction to aspiring hoopsters. Travel teams, open to boys and girls in fifth through eighth grade, compete against squads from all over Fairfield County. Instructional clinics take place throughout the season and during holiday breaks. For information, call Kathy Mannelly at 203-966-6275.

New Canaan Mounted Troop

New Canaan Mounted Troop on Carter Street, is a non-profit organization devoted to building leadership, responsibility, and confidence through sound horsemanship. It is the last unit of the Junior Cavalry of America. The Horsemanship Program offers extensive instruction for every rider's ability, beginner to advanced, children through adults, along with instruction in stable management, safety, and horse care. Call 203-966-0634.

New Canaan Winter Club

203-966-4280, on Frogtown Road it has an NHL regulation size rink and a clubhouse. The private club offers family activities as well as hockey and figure skating. Lessons are available. There is also outdoor skating next door on Hardon Pond. The Winter Club is home to many local ice hockey teams and figure skaters from youth to adult level.

New Canaan Travel Field Hockey

New Canaan Travel Field Hockey is open to seventh and eighth grade girls. For information, call 203-972-8668.

New Canaan Wrestling Club

New Canaan Wrestling Club holds practices for students in grades 5-8 from December to March. There are matches with other towns and some weekend tournaments. For information, call Randy Meadows at 801-0083.

Sound Cyclists

Sound Cyclists runs group rides throughout Fairfield County year round. There are social events, a newsletter, and members are entitled to discounts at more than a dozen area bicycle shops.

Spencer's Run

This 1.5-acre dog park located just inside the Lapham Road entrance to Waveny Park allows dogs to run off-leash and play with other dogs. All dogs must wear a town dog license and a current rabies tag. This is the only town park that allows dogs to run unleashed.

Waveny Park

This 250-acre park is open 8:30-4:30 daily and includes baseball and softball and soccer fields, paddle tennis courts, picnic areas, 3.5 miles of cross country trails and the New Canaan Town Pool. Waveny Castle is available for rent to local residents and non-profit organizations for meetings and other events like weddings. 203-594-3600

New Canaan YMCA

203-966-4528, it has two indoor swimming pools, a full health club, several gyms and offers many instructional programs and competitive teams.


Below is a list of the organizations that help make New Canaan the special town it is.