Parks & Recreation

Director:  Donna F. Carney-Bastrzycki

Phone: (860) 738-4695
Fax: (860) 379-6262



 27th Annual Farmington River Clean UP!!     

When-Saturday-September 27, 2014 from 10-2 p.m.

The Parks and Recreation Department is teaming up with the Farmington River Watershed Association and The Farmington River Coordinating Committee for this event.  Come lend a hand and help clean up our beautiful river!  Only a few hours of your time makes a big difference.  The Farmington River Watershed Association has meetup locations in various towns that border the river.  We will have one locally at the Barkhamsted Town Garage located on Route 44.  Breakfast will be provided, as well as gloves and garbage bags. 

For questions please send an email to
DATE: Saturday September 27th, 10 am - 2 pm
MEET: The Barkhamsted Town Garage
PRE-REGISTER AT: 860-658-4442 ext “0” or visit the FRWA website at

Starting Monday, October 20th at Barkhamsted School in the Gym
*Monday classes from 10/20-12/15/14 with no class on 11/24/14
Little Ninjas (grades K-1):  6:00 – 6:40 p.m.  (-a wonderful way to introduce this age group to karate through the use of drills and games while teaching focus and self control)
Youth/Family: (grades 3 and up) 6:45- 8 p.m.    (-a great way for adults, youth and families to work out together)
FEE:  $65.00 per person,  $10 discount for each family member that registers! (2nd family member-$55, 3rd family member $45, etc)
For information on the class email instructor Kim or for info about registration email Donna Bastrzycki-Recreation  Please stop by town hall to pick up a program
registration form or click here to download the form  and mail the payment/form to Barkhamsted Parks and Recreation Department -67 Ripley Hill Road- PO Box 558-Pleasant Valley, CT 06063  by October 10thPre-Registration is required

 Junior River Ranger Program!
The Wild and Scenic Rivers program of the National Park Service along with the Farmington River Coordinating Committee is offering the Junior River Ranger Program for youth.  Children are able to pick up an activity booklet at the Farmington River Coordinating Committee's office at Squires Tavern,  The Stone Museum at People's State Forest, Barkhamsted Town Hall in the main office and at Rose's Kitchen in Riverton.  All children that attended the Barkhamsted Recreation Commission's Summer Camp received a booklet during camp.  Once your child completes their book and has it signed off at one of the above locations, they will receive their badge and award.
The Junior River Ranger program is modeled after the Junior Rangers program found in many national parks.  The program allows youth to explore the Wild and Scenic Upper Farmington River and provide them with opportunities to protect and learn more about the river. The River Rangers will be given an activity booklet that teaches them about Wild and Scenic Rivers, the rivers’ special attributes, and how they can help be ambassadors for our incredibly beautiful river.

The booklet has activities that get youth and families out on the river and participate in hands on exploring and learning. The program is geared for children aged 6-12 years old,  but all youth are encouraged to participate if they want to. Once the youth complete the booklet, they can hand it in, have it checked, and receive a badge and certificate stating they are now a Junior River Ranger.
For more information on the program, contact Stephan Bastrzycki, River Steward at the Farmington River Coordinating Committee- riversteward@farmington, or check out the committee’s website,



 Hello parents, I wanted to take the time to say Thank you for enrolling your child in the Barkhamsted Rec. Camp for the Summer of 2014. I hope that your child had a wonderful time at camp. The staff and I worked very hard at providing a fun and safe camp that hopefully provided a memorable week for your child. Below is a highlight of our special camp guests and visits at camp in addition to the crafts, games and swim time the children participated in. Monday- Animal-Palooza Theme- Visit to the Stone Museum with Janet Bumstead,  Special Guest from Girl Scouts of America- Rosemary Dresser-Water Safety Review with all Campers          Tuesday-Sports Mania -Karate with Kim Janak -Fishing Lessons at the Waterfront with Paul Beauchene                  Wed. Nature! (even though it rained we still had camp!) -Jr. River Ranger Program with activities from the River Ranger Book -Guest Speakers- Ella McPhearson and Stephan Bastrzycki-Farmington River Coordinating Committee -Karate with Kim Janak -Adventures in Leadership Group had Vivian Irwin give a First Aid/Safety lesson -Fishing in the afternoon with Paul Beauchene        Thursday- Hometown Heroes -We had a visit from the Police, Fire Department, and EMS-- they even brought the police dogs, and much more! --Squires Tavern Museum Visit with Paul Hart and the children learned about our Barkhamsted Heroes and History Friday-- Halloween in July and Minute to Win It with Camper Awards. Luau and Community Pot Luck from 5-8 pm. with games It was a fun filled week.

If your child completes the River Ranger booklet throughout the summer,  please let me know and I will be sure that they have their book signed off on and they will receive their badge and award certificate. If you need another book or two for the family, they can be picked up at Squire's Tavern, Stone Museum, Rose's Kitchen and Town Hall. I hope your child had a wonderful time at camp and I will see you and your family at upcoming Recreation Programs and Events. Have a great rest of the Summer! Donna Bastrzycki Recreation Director

Registration form

Camp Information & Policies

Parental Waiver form

Employment Applications for Camp Staff, Instructors, Counselors, Junior Counselors and Volunteers and seasonal staff are available at the town hall and on the links below.  


Click here for: Junior Counselor Application


 Burlington Golf Center offers discounted golf lessons for Barkhamsted residents.  Call (860) 675-7320





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