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Director:  Donna Bastrzycki

Phone: (860) 379-2895
Fax: (860) 379-6262

Office hours by appointment.  For information about programs, and questions, please email 



2017-2018 Recreation Forms for Fall, Winter and Spring  Programs.  (please click link below!)  (For Summer Camp forms please click the links under Summer Camp)

Registration Form Barkhamsted Recreation  (Fall, Winter, Spring)  Summer camp has a seperate registration form.  (Summer Camp info will be posted at the end of April 2018) 

Medical Forms (including form for Epi-Pen use)

Please send the completed Registration form/emergency card with payment to:

Donna Bastrzycki-Recreation Director
Barkhamsted Town Hall- 67 Ripley Hill Road
Pleasant Valley, CT 06063-0558

 Or Drop off at the Town Hall in the Recreation Office.  You can also drop your forms in the white mailbox in front of town hall if you are arriving after town hall is closed for the day.   All forms must be complete with p


Click here for the 2017 Brochure and Swim Lesson Schedule



NCTRSL = Northwest Connecticut Recreational Soccer League

Northwestern CT Recreational Soccer League (This program is not run by the Recreation Department, the info below is for your info)

Notice:  2017 Fall Recreation Soccer Registration will end August 11th.  Please register soon to avoid any late fees.  Any questions, please email   

 Also:  NCTRSL and Dutch Football Academy (DFA) introduce new soccer learning opportunities! Pass the ball, sorry... word! 

NCTRSL and Rens Van Oostende, owner/founder of DFA, are proud to offer some new soccer camp sessions prior to the 2017 fall soccer season.  Sessions will be held the week of August 14th - 18th and August 21st - 25th at the Barkhamsted Elementary school fields by trained professional coaches, staff, and active players. 

Please click below for the full announcement.

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SUMMER RECREATION CAMP  2017  check out our camp video!  (Click the link!)

What a fun time it was during the Barkhamsted Recreation Summer Camp. We had an action packed week while participating in our Camp Olympics and celebrating Barkhamsted Spirit! Many thanks to all the special guests that visited camp and also let us visit some of their locations each day this week including: The Nature Museum, People's State Forest Staff-DEEP, Shop Rite, The FRCC River Steward Team, FALPS, The Historical Society, The Police and Fire Departments, MDC and special thanks to our bus driver Bruce and Legeyt Bus company for providing the transportation. Also many thanks to the Lions Club for providing all of our staff the terrific blue Barkhamsted shirts. Camp is definitely a team effort that is full of Barkhamsted Spirit! Hope to see you at other upcoming Recreation programs soon and you will sign up for camp next year! If your child participated. Thank you for registering and hope they had a blast!

New Class-Time Saving Supper and Meal Planning for Families 

 "Time Saving Suppers & Meal Planning" with Shana Griffin, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist at the ShopRite of Canton presents to you quick and healthy tips and tricks for getting dinner on the table in a flash. Looking for new fun and delicious recipe ideas the whole family will love? She's got you covered and will be cooking up a quick meal that the audience will get to try! 

Date-Wed. July 12 from 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Location:  Barkhamsted Community Room on Route 44 at the Town Highway Garage.

Registration Deadline-Wed. July 5.  Please email Donna Bastrzycki at to reserve your spot.

 Paddle Boarding Fun!  (New)   

Experience the beautiful vistas of scenic West Hill Pond on a sunset stand up paddleboard tour with Morsel Munk. Spend time enjoying the sights, or sprinting around the pond. Whatever your preference, you're sure to have a great time. The cost is $45.00 per session and the  price includes a paddleboard, paddle, life vest, and instruction (if needed). We deliver the boards and get you out on the water. All you do is have fun. If you decide to purchase a paddleboard later in the year, we'll apply your fee (up to a maximum of $75) toward purchase. At Morsel Munk our goal is to help you have fun and grow young, and remember what it's like to be a kid. Lots of smiles and laughs are sure to be had by all. 

Dates and Date-Wednesdays- July 19, July 26 and August 2 from 6:00-7:30 p.m.. The cost is $45.00 per person, per session. and take a max of 10 people per session.  

You can book your session online at
 (note that there is a $1.xx handling fee), or stop in at Morsel Munk and book at 118 Main St. in Winsted.  This program is for those comfortable in the water and is  for ages 13-adult.   Anyone ages 13-17 must be accompanied by an adult.


Barkhamsted Recreation and Farmington River Steward Educational

Summer Series – 2017  (New!)


Enjoy an informative afternoon while learning more about our special places and recreational activities around the Farmington River with Farmington River Coordinating Committee’s Farmington River Steward Team and Barkhamsted Recreation Department.  These presentations are free and fun for the whole family! These presentations offer a great way to learn more about our beautiful “Wild and Scenic” Farmington River.   (Please reserve your spot by emailing Donna Bastrzycki-Barkhamsted Recreation Director at


Fly Tying Fundamentals

When: Sunday August 6, 2017 – 3 PM

Where: Uncle Aaron’s Bait Store, Riverton CT

Presented by: Richard Nicoletti  ( Farmington River Coordinating Committee’s Assistant River Steward)

Description: Want to learn how to tie woolly buggers and pheasant tail nymphs? There will be 3-5 vises for people to follow along during the demonstration. Also covered will be general fly fishing tips for the river and when to use certain flies over others, along with casting tips.


Fishing Around the Farmington

When: Sunday August 13, 2017 – 3 PM

Where: Austin Hawes Campground

Presented by: Nick Lockwood   (Farmington River Coordinating Committee’s Assistant River Steward)

Description: Presentation will include common fishing methods, regulations, ethical catch and release, and ethical treatment of the environment pertaining to the Farmington River.

Farmington River Photo Contest – Summer 2017

Goal: To create awareness for the River Steward Program and foster an appreciation of the Farmington River through social media.

Contest Info: Show your love for the Farmington River! Post your best pictures from around the Farmington River for your chance to win one of three awesome prizes. There will be three photo categories; Best Wildlife, Best Recreation, and Best Family photo.Each category will have a prize for the photo that gets the most likes.The social media screen name of each of the winners will be announced the week after the contest is over on the Farmington River Steward site ( should use the contact form on the steward site to give us your mailing information so prizes can be sent accordingly.

Date: The Contest will run from July 10 2017 – August 7, 2017.

Prizes: The winner of each category will receive a $25 gift certificate to one of following local Riverton merchants – Uncle Aaron’s Tackle ShopRiverton General StoreRose’s Kitchen.

Rules of Entry:

  • You must own the rights to your photos.
  • Participants can only submit one photo max per category. If more than one is submitted, we will only consider your first one, so make it count!
  • Your original photo must be published to your Instagram account, and use the hashtag #FarmingtonRiverLove. You can then use any other social media outlet to drive traffic to your Instagram photo to get “likes”. The photo in each category with the most Instagram likes at the end of the contest wins.
  • In addition to #FarmingtonRiverLove, your post also needs to include one of the following hashtags - #wildlife, #recreation, or #family.
  • To enter you must follow our Instagram account – FarmingtonRiverSteward.
  • No obscenities allowed!
  • If you are photographing other people, you need to get their permission.
  • Photos must be taken on the ‘Wild and Scenic’ stretch of the Upper Farmington River
  • You must allow us to use your photo(s) on our website.


 Fall-Soccer Info-(Northwest Connecticut Recreational Soccer League)  

Hello Northwest Connecticut Recreational Soccer League Families!

We are happy to announce that due to the great success Barkhamsted Soccer had last year with the addition of a newly implemented website and on-line registration process, we have extended our reach, increased our capabilities, and enhanced some of our features (like mobile access, text messaging, and merged calendars).  We are also happy to be able to include and welcome all of the towns involved in youth soccer.  This is a consorted effort of the unification of the towns of Barkhamsted, Colebrook, Hartland, Norfolk, and Winsted that make up our soccer league now called Northwest Connecticut Recreational Soccer League (NCTRSL).  Our goal is to bring our towns together via a co-operative website and registration that will hopefully increase your enjoyment of the season; allow stress-free access to information, schedules, and other people; ease communication by sending reminders as well as instant notification messages/texts; shared and coordinated cross-town certified referees, rules, & code of conduct; and to streamline the entire leagues’ administration within and across all the towns.
A few things of note:
Registration starts early this year – June 5th until August 11th.
Due to the extended registration period, after August 11th, there will be a $25 late fee per registration.
Each town will be offering varying discounts for families, number of children registering, or reduced options based upon past registration options.
You will have an option to register and pay online or send in a check.  A choice will be given at the end of the payment process.
Regardless of town, all players must register on the website to participate.
To register starting June 5th, please visit the league website: 
Town Contact info:
Barkhamsted, contact
Colebrook , contact
Hartland, contact
Norfolk, contact
Winsted, contact
Other emails are available as well:
For assistance with overall League questions, comments, or issues, contact 
For assistance with Registration, contact 
For assistance with Scheduling, contact 
For assistance with Referees, contact 
Volunteers run the league so your help is always welcome!  
We have many responsibilities, opportunities, tasks and jobs that need to get done for the kids to enjoy the season.  Please consider volunteering a bit of your time, be it a few hours or duty/task related.  A few examples are: 
Running the K-league,Coaching Lining fields
Inventory (shed, balls, equipment, etc.), Finding and recruiting sponsors
Coordination of a food tables for opening day
Team Parents, organize treats, half-time beverages, etc.
​Please contact us at your towns email listed above if you are interested.
Free ‘all town’ clinics
Coaches Clinic-An all coaches clinic/meeting will be held in August, time and location TBD. Not mandatory, but very highly requested for all coaches from all towns
We will review all rules, regulations, responsibilities, referee interactions, code of conduct for kids, parents, coaches, etc., AED/CPR class dates, and player basics skills, expectations, and coaching methods for each level (junior, lower, upper).
Referee Clinic
Date/time TBD
All town referees who are certified and have registered with our referee head will attend a clinic to review the NCTRSL rulebook and go over the expectations for the season.
Review code of conduct and how to enforce it.
Go over scheduling and how a senior member of the team/league will attend games for any newly certified referee to ensure proper game management.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at the emails listed above.  Looking forward to a great Fall 2017 soccer season!
For More info and to register please or 

Barkhamsted Recreation Program Volunteers

Volunteer Opportunities and Fun Community Events! 
  • Would you like to help as a volunteer for the Recreation Department?  There are many opportunities available such as serving on the Recreation Commission which meet the third Monday of each month from September-June at Town Hall at 7 p.m. and program volunteers.  Or do you want to help keep the Farmington River Beautiful and a Fun and Safe Place to Recreate?  Consider giving some time as a volunteer assistant River Steward or a volunteer for the Recreation Department.  There are many opportunities to become invloved.  We have several fun joint events throughout the year and are always looking for new volunteers! For more Recreation program info email-Donna Bastrzycki-Recreation Director-

Get Involved in helping the River

Are you passionate about the Farmington River?  Do you enjoy being outdoors and making a difference in the community?  Consider offering a few hours of your time to help a great cause.  What can you do?
There is a new team of 'Assistant Stewards' for the summer  They  will help spread the word about proper etiquette on the river and provide a presence during the busier times. This could be a great learning experience for students majoring in environmental studies/conservation, or just someone who enjoys interacting with others.  If interested in learning more please contact-Stephan Bastrzycki-River Steward at    The River Steward Team partners with the Recreation Department and other local groups to put on joint events throughout the year.  The Steward team is also a part of the Recreation Department's Summer Camp.
Periodically there are river cleanups held on specific stretches of the river.  A few people volunteering a couple hours of their time can make a big difference.  Check our calendar of events on the home page of the Farmington River Steward website-  when the next cleanup become scheduled.
Consider 'adopting' a small stretch of river and help keep it clean.
If you do not want to actually commit to any hours, be our eyes on the river.  The next time you are out on the Farmington and see something that needs reporting, let us know via email at
 Maybe it is a downed tree creating a hazard in the water or an area of trash that needs to be cleaned up.

 Check out the great programs offered at the Beardsley and Memorial Library 

40 Munro Place, Winsted, CT  06098     (860) 379-6043


Monthly Book Club
Tue, Aug 1, 2017 1:00pm
Northwest Knitwits
Tue, Aug 1, 2017 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Read, Rattle and Roll Story Time! It's Ice Cream Sandwich Day!
Wed, Aug 2, 2017 10:45am
Board of Trustees
Thu, Aug 3, 2017 5:00pm
Monthly meeting of the library...
Scrabble Club
Fri, Aug 4, 2017 1:00pm
Scrabble Club is held every Fr...
Summer Reading Wrap-up! Prizes AND Bring On the Hoopla Show!
Sat, Aug 5, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Northwest Knitwits
Tue, Aug 8, 2017 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Read, Rattle and Roll Story Time! Puff, Puff Puffer Fish!
Wed, Aug 9, 2017 10:45am
Scrabble Club
Fri, Aug 11, 2017 1:00pm
Scrabble Club is held every Fr...
Northwest Knitwits
Tue, Aug 15, 2017 5:30pm - 7:30pm


 FALPS Events- (Friends of American Legion and People's State Forest)

    Remember to regularly check our Facebook page. You do not have to be ‘on-Facebook’ to get onto the site. Simply type ‘Friends of American Legion and Peoples State Forests’ in the search box and it will bring up a link to our Facebook page. The actual address is:





Scheduled events: Inclement weather cancels or postpones hikes. Check Facebook page.

So far the summer has not been too hot and we have had some periodic rain to keep the Forest Fire Danger down. It has been a great summer to visit the forests and I hope you have been able to do so.

August Scheduled FALPS events:

  • Thursday August 3rd, FALPS Nature Photography Workshop with Paul Benjunas, (6:30pm. – 7:30pm.) Peoples State Forest Nature Museum.  (RSVP not required, but appreciated at or call/text 860-882-9632)
  • Sunday August 20th   1:30am – 3:00 FALPS Field Trip to Talcott Mountain State Park ---  Historical ‘Tour of the Tower’ from Friends of Heublein Tower President, Jay Willerup (meet for carpooling at Barkhamsted Town Garage parking lot; 44 New Hartford Road (Rte. 44.  (RSVP not required, but appreciated at or call/text 860-882-9632)

Other opportunities offered from partner conservation organizations:

  • Sunday August 6th 3:00-4:00pm. FRCC “Fly Tying Fundamentals” with Richard Nicoletti (meet at Uncle Aaron’s Bait Store, 4 Robertsville Road, Riverton, CT.)
  • Sunday August 13th 3:00-4:00pm. FRCC “Fishing Around the Farmington” with Nick Lockwood (meet at Austin Hawes Campground, West River Road, Pleasant Valley, CT.)

Save The Date!!!

FALPS Annual Membership meeting, Sunday, September 17, 2017. Peoples State Forest 1:00 pm.






The Barkhamsted Historical Society is working to preserve and share the history and cu lture of the Connecticut town of Barkhamsted.  In these pages we hope to share with you information, sights and flavors of Barkhamsted, past and present.

Barkhamsted Historical Society Events


 Barkhamsted Historical Society Program


Our Pig Roasts have been enjoyed by all, so we are having another one at Squire’s Tavern, 100 East River Rd, Barkhamsted, on August 26th from 4:00--6:00pm. 

Tickets will be $25 per person and must be purchased ahead during the Tavern’s open hours: Wednesdays from 9-12pm and Sundays from 1-4pm. 

They will also be sold at the Winsted Diner, 496 Main Street, Winsted, and at the door.  Enjoy pulled pork with all your favorite sides and ice cream from the Riverton Store for dessert!  BYOB 

Bring a friend or the whole family and help support the Historical Society while enjoying the company.  New this year will be music by the Travelin’ Trout Band!!! 

Tickets are limited so get yours NOW!!  Questions call: Noreen Watson at 860-738-1152.


The Barkhamsted Historical Society's one room schoolhouse, the old Center School on Center Hill Road (Rt. 181) in Barkhamsted

 Center School circa 1912

Hello Parks and Recreation Friends!

Below is the link to the Album created on Flickr from the Recreation.Summer Camp ~   We hope your child had a wonderful time.  

2017 Summer Camp   check out our camp video!  (Click the link!)

Barkhamsted Recreation Summer Camp  album (past summers) by Barkhamsted Recreation Department on Flickr.  Photos by:  Donna Bastrzycki-Recreation Director

 For Parks and Recreation Programs- Please be sure to fill out the Registrationform with the link below.
Parks and Recreation 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    Pre-Registration is required.  (No onsite registration for programs)  Please register before the deadline to ensure your spot.



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.   If you want to work Summer Camp 2017-Please send in your application early!  The deadline this year will be Monday, April 3, 2017.  Please get your application in early as each qualified candidate will be interviewed.  


Click here for: Junior Counselor Application     (Junior Counselors must be 14 years old)

Junior River Ranger Program!    2017
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.  All children that attended the Barkhamsted Recreation Commission's Summer Camp will recieve a booklet during camp and complete fun lessons throughout our camp week.  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,   If you would like to help with the program or as an volunteer assistant river steward, volunteers are always welcome!


It is Never too Early to apply for Summer Camp 2018!!!
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.   It's never to early to apply!  Please fill out and drop off all completed applications by:  Monday, April 9, 2018


Click here for: Junior Counselor Application  (Junior Counselors Must be 14 years old)

   If you want to work Summer Camp 2018-Please send in your application early!  The deadline this year will be Monday, April 9, 2018  Please get your application in early as each qualified candidate will be interviewed.  (Past summer camp counselors will also be interviewed)



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


 Summer Camp Forms 2017



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