Parks & Recreation

Director:  Donna Bastrzycki

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



Thanksgiving Feast!
Where:      The Riverton Grange
When:        Friday, November 21
Time:         6:30 p.m.
Cost:         A dish to share  *(Reservation only)
Join us as we take part in the The Riverton Grange's Thanksgiving Feast.  It will be an enjoyable evening as we share an old fashioned Thanksgiving meal with friends and family. Please bring a dish to share. (Coffee, tea. Hot chocolate and milk are kindly provided by The Riverton Grange)

Email Recreation Director-Donna Bastrzycki to
Reserve a spot for your family.
Please note how many people in your family will be attending by Tuesday, November 18 and what you plan to bring)  Please Pre-Register early!)

Best decorated centerpiece wins a prize!  Please bring a centerpiece to enter!

CREATIVE CRAFTERS Christmas Workshop  

Let your little ones join in on the fun and decorate a creative Christmas card, craft and ornament for the family. The class is geared for ages 3-grade 4. We provide the crafts, cookies and cocoa.   This workshop is held in conjunction with Christmas in Riverton. 

DATE: Saturday, December 6, 2014
TIME: 12:00-2:00 p.m.
COST: $5:00 per child.  Please reserve a spot for your child by pre-registering by Thursday, November 28.  (In order to prepare for the class and have all the necessary supplies, please register before the deadline!) Email Recreation Director-Donna  Please specify what age/grade your child is.
WHERE: Riverton Grange

27th Annual Farmington River Clean UP!!     

Many thanks to all the volunteers that helped at the Farmington River clean up on Sat. Sept. 27.  We plan on being part of the Clean Up next year and hope you will be a part of it!

Halloween Sock Hop

Many thanks to all those that attended the Sock Hop on Friday, October 24!  There were over 130 participants with incredible costumes.  Congrats to all the costume contest winners.  Hope everyone had a fun evening!

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 14Pre-Registration is required


The Barkhamsted Rec. Ski Program 2015

Registration Forms are available below,

at Town Hall and at the Elementary


All registration forms must be completed and paid for by Thursday, November 6.
 (Please register on time to help ensure a safe and fun program!)  
WHERE: Ski Sundown    
WHEN: Wednesday afternoon for 5 weeks (after school)   (January 7, 14, 21, 28, February 4)
TIME:              4:00 until 7:00 p.m. (with one hour lessons starting @ 4:30)
AGE GROUP:       3rd - 6th graders
COST:  Lesson and Lift + bus: $240.00
Lift Only + bus: $171.00
Pass Holder Lesson + bus: $150.00
Equipment Rental: $120.00
Please make checks out to the Town of Barkhamsted  and fill out the both the Recreation Department Registration form and Ski Sundown Forms

*Helmets required!        
Safety Talk at Ski Sundown Thursday, November 13 at 7 p.m

2014/2015 Group participant Information

Helmet/Goggle offer

Weekly Group Info Packet


Join the Rec Dept for a fun filled night at The Barkhamsted Historical Society's Tavern Night! 

When:  Saturday, November 1 at 7 p.m.

 During the annual Tavern Night you can experience what life when the Tavern was "open for business".  There will be contra dancing in the ballroom, period food and beverages, old fashioned games, as well was conversation among the visitors as it might have been in the mid-1800s.  Guests are encouraged to dress in period clothes.  This is optional but it would make it more fun!  Tickets are $10 per person (children are free) and may be purchased at the door in advance at the Tavern, open Wed 9 a.m.-noon and on Sun 1-4. 

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 year,  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.  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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