The Recreation Department, in conjunction with the Buildings and Grounds Department, oversees and maintains approximately 45 parks and beaches, and the Montauk Playhouse. Recreation programs are offered year-round, and they are given not only at town operated facilities, parks, and beaches, but also at all East Hampton Public School locations. Using the public school facilities and fields allows the department to better enhance recreation program and activity options, as well as bringing the community closer together.
In addition to full time staff, the Recreation Department employs approximately 170 part time positions throughout the year, and works closely with the East Hampton Town’s Building and Grounds Department. Staff is frequently shared between departments in order to maximize the potential service opportunities for the East Hampton Town community, and to further the efficiency of the East Hampton Town’s workforce. Employees are shared with Buildings and Grounds Department for facilities and parks maintenance needs.
The Recreation Department also works with the Montauk Chamber of Commerce in order to promote recreational options for the community, and the Montauk Chamber of Commerce offers us the use of their building every year for the annual Turkey Trot or “Run for Fun” each Thanksgiving. The Recreation Department also schedules recreational programs in conjunction with other organizations and agencies such as the local libraries, Montauk Youth, local school programs, and private sectors programs.