In 1962, with former Department Director Joe Trapasso in charge, Branford opened its third coming of the "community…More house" on Church Street, just off the town green where community members could play sports, partake in activities and come together.</p>
<p>The legacy of Trapasso, who died in 2003, has been passed on to current Director Alex Palluzzi Jr., who has been serving in this position since Jan. 1, 1993. On any given day, you can find Palluzzi and Assistant Director Dale Izzo, Program Supervisor Victor Amatori, Program Coordinator Andrea Kenney and Maintenance Supervisor Marcel "Butch" Cote hard at work making things happen. "The benefits are endless," their motto reads, which you can spot plastered on the walls and vehicles of the department.</p>
<p>Of the many offerings and programs the department runs, it is the summer playground effort that Palluzzi is sure to highlight. The first of its kind in New England, the town utilizes playgrounds in the many parks all over town for children to play and learn during the summer. The parks and recreation website provides more information about this program and others offered. You can also register online for programs anytime.</p>
<p>In addition to coordinating programs, the parks and recreation department also maintains nearly all playing fields and facilities. Gov. M. Jodi Rell has recognized the department as a leader in organic field care, thanks to the fact that it has equipped most fields with irrigation systems in recent years.</p>
<p>On the second floor of the building, the location of Palluzzi's office, you can find the Branford Sports Hall of Fame, which has inducted 224 people so far. In 2010, Palluzzi was sworn in as President-elect of the Connecticut Recreation and Parks Association. He will become president in 2016.</p>
Sampson Field Melrose Avenue, Branford, CT06405 This fenced-in little league field is located in Foote Park near the Indian Neck School entrance on Melrose Street.…More On-site is also one backstop, two concrete dugouts and spectator seating for all the little league fans. The town recreation department and the little league department share responsibility of this property.
Joe Trapasso Gymnasium 46 Church St, Branford, CT06405 Located in the Branford Parks & Recreation Department building or the Community House, the Joe Trapasso Gymnasium…More houses one regulation, full-size basketball court and two half-size basketball shooting courts. Other indoor sports offered include volleyball, badminton, karate, aerobics and more. The basketball backboards were recently replaced. The gymnasium named for former parks and recreation director Joe Trapasso, and is home to a long-running annual basketball tournament.
In the quaint neighborhood of Stony Creek, you'll discover a small beach located next to Madera Park. From…More Memorial Day to Labor Day, the beach is staffed by lifeguards provided by the town recreation department.</p>
<p>If the summer sun proves to be too much, take reprieve under the shade of a gazebo. Many a nuptial has taken place at the gazebo; inquires for use must be made at Branford Town Hall (203-488-8394). </p>
<p>Stony Creek Beach is one of the few beaches open to the public in Branford, and parking is limited. You are permitted to swim and launch small boats, canoes and kayaks from the dock next to Kayak Beach.</p>
<p>The town recreation department and the Stony Creek Association maintain the property.</p>