Monroe Community Info

Monroe Community Info

The Town of Monroe, population 20,000 and covering 26.3 square miles, is home to William E. Wolfe Park, where everyone can find sports and recreational programs. The Park’s amenities include areas for hiking, swimming, tennis, soccer, fishing, boating, basketball, picnicking, playgrounds, baseball, and softball.

Monroe is located in Fairfield County, bordered on the east by the Housatonic River and on the west, south, and southeast by Easton, Trumbull, and Shelton/Huntington, respectively. Route 25 traverses the Town, which makes it an easy commute to I-95, the Merritt Parkway, and Route 84. It’s a little over an hour’s drive to New York City and less than an hour to Hartford, CT. 

Monroe, named after James Monroe, the 5th President of the United States, was originally an agricultural community, but it is becoming suburban in character. Monroe does retain some of its historic nature with several working farms and over a hundred existing homes dating back to the Revolutionary War.

Monroe is protective of its rural feeling. About 45% of the land is one-acre zoning, 25% is two-acre zoning, while 17% is three-acre zoning. Land is still available for homeowners who want to build. There are only a few Condominium complexes in Monroe.

Many of the outdoor activities in Monroe take place within the 309-acre William E. Wolfe Park. A dammed section of the Pequonnock River creates the 16-acre Great Hollow Lake located within the lower part of the Park. Visitors swim, fish, sunbathe, or have fun with non-motorized water vehicles in the Lake. The upper part of the Park features a 25-meter community swimming pool and a magnificent playground for kids. The lower part of the Park converted its rail line abandoned in 1962 into the Housatonic Valley Rail Trail used by hikers and bicycle riders. The Trail runs from the southern tip of Trumbull up to the northern end of Newtown’s Botsford section.  

The 136-acre Webb Mountain Park is also located in Monroe, along with the 171-acre Webb Mountain Discovery Zone. A network of hiking trails crisscross both Parks, including the Paugussett Trail, one of Connecticut’s “Blue Blaze” hiking trails. 

Active folks love Monroe’s resources. Golfers challenge themselves at the public 18-hole Whitney Farms Golf Course. Masuk High School has an indoor pool available for daily public use during specific times. 

Monroe’s first-rate public education system includes general and honors academic programs and special education programs. The strong business and technical education programs include work experience opportunities. The public school system includes three elementary schools, Jockey Hollow Middle School, and Masuk High School. St. Jude School is private, offering curriculum for 2nd through 12th grades. Three other private schools offer curriculum for 2nd and 3rd grades. Monroe has numerous houses of worship, two of which have church-affiliated nursery schools.