Crellin Community Park Overview

The beach is open to the public for swimming from noon to 6 PM daily with a tentative opening date of June 29th, 2019. There is no fee.  The beach will be closing for the 2019 season on Sunday, August 25st at 6 pm. There is no swimming when a certified Town of Chatham Lifeguard is not on duty.

NOTICE: Fishing is allowed at the Crellin Park pond, however, we ask that you do NOT fish for the Triploid Grass Carp that are in the pond. According to the NYS DEC website, “It is prohibited to possess grass carp without a permit. Anglers who may by chance catch a grass carp should immediately return it to the water unharmed.” The carp are there to eat the weeds that grow in the pond. Please also note: Fishing is also NOT allowed from the beach area of the pond. Please use the grassy areas around the pond that are not near the beach. This is to cut down on incidences of hooks and fishing line getting caught in areas where swimming is allowed when the beach is open. Fishing licenses may be obtained at the Chatham Town Hall during Town clerk hours or online at the DEC website. Please see the NYS DEC website at
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Who We Are

Crellin Community Park was established in the early 1970’s by dedicated members of the Chatham community who wanted to create a space for youth and individuals to engage in recreational activities.  The park, owned and operated by the Town of Chatham, has grown over the past 30 years and now includes two pavilions with snack bars and restrooms, a swimming pond and summer swim and recreational program, two tennis courts, a basketball court, playgrounds, a fitness/hiking trail, three soccer playing fields, a softball field, a community garden and a trout stream, skate board park AND we have plans to make even greater changes for the future.

Thanks to a generous land donation from the Sonoco Crellin Corporation located directly across from Crellin Park, the Town of Chatham now owns nearly 50 acres of land and is currently applying for funding to assist in making the Town’s Park Master Plan for park improvements a reality.


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