Parks & Recreation

Director:  Donna F. Carney-Bastrzycki

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




Moonlight Paddle-Meetup  (New!)

When- Friday, August 8, 2014


Place-Meet at the State Boat Launch at West Hill Lake. Please bring your own watercraft, PFDs, food and beverage.

Trip Chair is Peter Bakker-   Please send an email if you plan on attending and the number of participants in your group.

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 American Legion Campground office, 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 recieved a booklet during camp.  Once your child completes their book and has it signed off, they will recieve their badge and awared.
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 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,



Great Events upcoming by the Barkhamsted Historical Society

"Legend of the Barkhamsted Lighthouse: Tribe, Fact or Fiction?"  Sheryl Robinson

 On August 1st, at 7pm at the Barkhamsted Senior Center,109 West River Rd, Pleasant Valley, CT, please join us for an interesting and enlightening evening by Sheryl Robinson.  Sheryl is the wife of a Barkhamsted tribe descendant, whose family ancestry claims at least 10 founders of Windsor, CT.  She will share what she has unearthed about this unusual enclave, which appeared around 1740 and lasted for over 100 years right in our neighborhood. She has been fascinated with family research since childhood and wanted to know more about the truth behind the Lighthouse Tribe story that we all have heard about.  Learn about the life of Native Americans in the Northeast in the mid-18th century.  Admission is free and refreshments will be served.  Bring the whole family!

 Questions call: Noreen Watson 860 738 1152

 "A Walk Through Time" with Paul Hart

 On August 9th, at 10am, Paul will lead a "Walk Through Time" hike of about 1 mile, with about a dozen stops along the way.  At each of these stops, he will discuss the features and landscape that you would have seen here in various points in time, including the big farm that was here in the 1800's and the tree nursery that was operated by the State in the 1950's.  Meet at the big parking lot near the Pavilion in People's forest at 10am and join Paul as he leads you in a circle past Squire's Tavern, the Nature Museum and along the River back to the Pavilion. This is a once-a-year hike, so be sure you don't miss out this time! 

Questions call: Noreen Watson 860 738 1152

New Program!  "Why Not Try a Mini TRIATHLON ?!!" 
The Barkhamsted  Mini Tri-Training Group!-- Have you ever wanted to participate in a fun, confidence building  mini-tri event?  Are you looking for a great way for your family to get in shape while having fun?  Then the Barkhamsted Tri-Training Group is for you! 



We will represent Barkhamsted at the tri-series this summer by having fun and getting some exercise!  All levels including beginners are encouraged to give it a "TRI"!!! 
If you are interested in the weekly Training group or just coming along to the Tuesday Tri's by email Donna 

We will be getting a group together who are interested in weekly training sessisons to prepare for the summer tri and mini tri-series and have fun. The dates of the Tri-Series are  Tuesdays, June 10th – August 12th.  The time is 6:15-8:00 p.m.  The Barkhamsted group will meet up here in town once a week to train on a day that is good for the group and then go have fun at the Tri's on Tuesdays at Winding Trails. Below is the link with all of the info about the weekly Tri Series at Winding Trails.  Check it out!   You can sign up each week at Winding Trails or pre-register for the entire series.  Even if you don't want to do the Tri's you can still become a member of the Barkhamsted Tri-Training Group.


 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 B. 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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