Calf Pasture and Shady Beach



Calf Pasture Beach, Veteran's Park, Taylor Farm, and Cranbury Park parking fees are in effect from May 15 to October 15 every year.

The 2022-2023 Resident Disposal pass and Beach & Parks verification are available. 

There’s so much to do here every day!
Baseball/softball, volleyball, skate park, playground, refreshing splash pad, sun and sand sports, the sailing school, bocce, basketball, and 3/4 of a mile of scenic coastline with tremendous views. There are also special events scheduled all season long ranging from classic car shows to fabulous free concerts! (Some activities may be suspended due to COVID-19) Enjoy a casual meal of beachy food, or try the delicious fresh seafood at Ripka’s. Always fresh and served with a smile!

Picnic tables will be available at Shady Beach and are on a "first-come, first-served basis".

Our beach hours are 7:30 am-9 pm. The splash pad hours are 8 am to 8 pm. We do not have lifeguards on duty after labor day.

Day Parking Passes

Norwalk Residents need to verify their license plate number is on our Grand list before parking at Calf Pasture Beach or Shady Beach EVERY YEAR AFTER APRIL 1ST!

Click the following link to verify For Norwalk residents who have a vehicle registered in another town- you can still buy your Beach and/or Disposal Pass at City Hall- Click HERE for more information. For water updates please call our hotline at 203-854-7921.  

All Non-Resident Parking for Calf Pasture Beach is first come first serve, we only have 130 parking spots available daily for non-residents at Calf pasture beach. Day Parking passes can be purchased on the ParkMobile app or at one of the two pay station kiosks located on the main sidewalk next to the parking lot. Day Parking Passes can be purchased on the ParkMobile app or by calling 877-727-5730. (Beach Zone# 2035)
You can also call our Beach Hotline at (203)854-7938 for more information. 

Beach fees: The non-resident parking fee is $42/per car on weekdays before 5:00 pm, and $30/per car after 5:00 pm., $72/per car on Saturday and Sunday and on holidays.  

The "Landlocked Towns 2023 season passes" will be available for purchase after April 15th, 2023 at City Hall- room 225, Monday-Friday 8:30 am-4:30 pm.

Download a resident parking pass 

Resident Beach & Boat Pass Information


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Wedding at beach

Wedding Ceremony at the beach...

If you’re wishing for a blue water backdrop for your special day and you can’t do the Caribbean, how about a celebration at Calf Pasture Beach, or neighboring Shady Beach? Both offer easily affordable options that don’t require shoes. We can’t guarantee rainbows but they do happen! Click HERE for fee information.

If you have any questions about having your special event here or at our tented Pavilions please email us at or call 203-854-7289


February 13th – February 25th, 2024

 Ways to Enter:

For those interested in entering the kayak rack lottery for 2024, please mark your calendar with these important dates and note the following information:

  • The Calf Pasture & Shady Beach Kayak Rack lottery will start on February 13th, 2024, and run until February 25th, 2024. 
  • The lottery will be for Norwalk residents only.
  • Winners will be notified shortly after the lottery closes and will have (1) week to respond confirming their acceptance. If no response is received within a week, the department will move on to the next winning entry. No exceptions will be made.
  • Racks are for (1) season only – April 1st to November 1st, 2024.
  • (1) entry per person.
  • Entries are limited to (2) per household.
  • Duplicate entries will be disqualified.
  • Rack spaces are given out consecutively. Renters will not be able to choose a rack. 
  • Racks will be $175 per rack for the season.

 *A link to the lottery form will be emailed the week of the lottery. The Recreation & Parks Department webpage and City of Norwalk Facebook page will also have updates*

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Calf Pasture Shellfishing 2021

Contact Fisherman's World for the below fishing and clamming licenses:

CT Resident Saltwater License $10.00

CT Resident Freshwater license $28.00

Combo $32.00

Trout Stamp $5.00

 Norwalk Resident Clamming $17.00