The Darien Parks and Recreation Department offers a variety of programs for the residents of Darien.

Registration for programs takes place online at www.darienct.gov/parkrec, at the Parks and Recreation office located in Town Hall or through the mail. For more information call the office at 656-7325.

Tennis Court Reservation System

The Darien Parks and Recreation Department announces the 2010 tennis court reservation system for select courts at Weed Beach and Cherry Lawn Park.

Requests are being accepted from Darien individuals and Darien not-for-profit groups to reserve courts in blocks of time for play. Daily reservations will no longer be accepted, however, courts not reserved by block request will be available to residents on a first-come, first-serve basis free of charge. Block requests will be accepted at the Parks and Recreation office through March 26.

Requests will be drawn via lottery system where each request is classified according to size. The system will be identical to Darien's paddle tennis block lottery. Fees for block court time are payable in advance upon approval of the permit requests. Request forms and regulations are available at the Parks and Recreation office or may be obtained online at www.darienct.gov/parkrec. Call 203-656-7325 for more information.

Beach stickers

The Darien Parks and Recreation Department is currently selling 2010 park permits and boat launch stickers. These permit stickers allow entrance into Weed and Pear Tree Point beaches and are available to Darien residents and taxpayers. Stickers are available at the Darien Town Hall, room 110 or may be purchased online at www.darienct.gov/parkrec. 2009 stickers are valid through Monday, May 31, 2010.

Beach security guards will be on duty starting Monday, April 19, at Weed Beach and Friday, May 28, at Pear Tree Point Beach.

A valid permit is required for entrance to the beaches starting on these dates. For more information, call Parks and Recreation at 203-656-7325.

Adult Programs

Safe Boating Classes: Connecticut Safe Boating comes to Darien to offer this eight-and-a-half hour course that will meet the requirements to obtain a Connecticut Safe Boating Certificate. This class will meet on Tuesday, March 23, and Thursday, March 25, from 6 to 10:15 p.m. at the Darien Town Hall.

Participants must attend both dates and all hours to be considered for certification. The fee for this program is $99 per person. Pre-registration is required.