Barkhamsted Recreation Department
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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!)   

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



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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FALL 2017 and Winter 2018 Programs


Halloween Sock Hop!  (Fun for the whole family)

The Recreation Department Annual Sock Hop will be held on Friday, October 27 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Join us for the annual family event, with music and fun in the Barkhamsted Elementary School Gym- $6.00 fee collected at the door.  All children must be accompanied by an adult. There will be prizes for adults, children and families this year!  Parent, please dress up too!  Entertainment Unlimited will be spinning everyone’s favorite music.  Be ready for some Halloween Fun!


Barkhamsted Rec. Ski Program 2018  

All registration forms must be completed and paid for by WED, NOVEMBER 1.  (Please register on time to help ensure a safe and fun program!)  The program requires one total check by the town to be made out to Sundown.  All registrations must be complete by this date in order for everything to be submitted to Ski Sundown in time. 

WHERE: Ski Sundown                            AGE GROUP:               3rd - 6th graders

WHEN: Wednesday afternoon for 5 weeks (after school)    (January 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 2017)

TIME:                 4:00 till 7:00 (with one hour lessons starting AT 4:30 p.m.)       

ANY LATE REGISTRATIONS AFTER November 1 will have to be added on at Ski Sundown and there is an additional $25.00 late fee paid directly to Ski Sundown.  There are NO guarantees that space will be available after the deadline.  Please register before November 1.  *Helmets are required!  Safety Talk at Ski Sundown Thursday, November 30th at 7 p.m.    Please mark your children's skis and equipment.  Locks are strongly recommended.  (Prices below include bus and snacks on the last night)

Fee:    Lesson and Lift + bus: $275.00,           Lift Only + bus: $196.00,        Pass Holder Lesson + bus: $170.00

Equipment Rental: $135.00,                      Bus Only:  $30.00  (includes transportation and snacks on the last night of the program)   

If you child is participating in the program and is not riding the bus please add an additional $10.00 to the amount listed above for the last night’s snacks and supplies for the program.   Please make checks out to the Town of Barkhamsted and fill out the both the Recreation Department Registration form and Ski Sundown Forms. These forms are located on the Recreation website, and at town hall.

Ski Information Forms/Information:

Group Registration and Information Click Here

Helmet Goggle Offer Click Here

Weekly Group Information Pack Click Here

Don't forget to complete the Barkhamsted Recreation Registration Form at the top of the page also.

Fall Karate!  
Thursdays, October 26, November 2, 9, 16, 30, December 7, 14, 21 ( and Jan. 4 possible snow/weather make up date)  at the Barkhamsted School in the Gym from 6:00-6:45 p.m. 

White Belts (Beginners ages 5 to 12)

Little Dragons-(ages 5 & 6)-Basic Karate skills, Basic Kata, target drills and exercise, simple self defense

Mighty Tigers (ages 7 & 8)-Stronger Karate basics and Kata, Stretching, exercise, target drills and self defense

Karate Rangers (ages 9-12)-Karate Basics, including kicking, kata, self-defense, exercise to level, target drills

$75.00  per 8 week sessions    New-$5.00 discount for each additional family member that signs up for Karate!

Family/Teen and Adult Karate 

Thursdays, October 26, November 2, 9, 16, 30, December 7, 14, 21 ( and Jan. 4 possible snow/weather make-up date)  

at the Barkhamsted School in the Gym from 6:00-6:45 p.m.  

White Belts (Beginners ages 13 and up)-7:00 to 7:45 p.m.

Teen/Adults-(Ages 13 and up)-Kenpo Karate Forms and Self Defense Techniques, Basic kicking drills.

This is a great opportunity to learn karate with family members or solo.

$85.00  per 8 week sessions   New-$5.00 discount for each additional family member that signs up for Karate!  

***Note***New students are white belts and receive uniform

Fee includes: Belt and/or Stripe, Belt or Stripe Test and Certificate (Note: Promotion to higher belt levels will require multiple sessions)

Registration Deadline is Wednesday October 11, 2017

For more information contact: Charlotte Silkey    Phone-860-830-7178


Before Thanksgiving Holiday Hike and Pot Luck!  (Fun for the whole family!)

Join us as we hike the historic and scenic Jesse Gerrard Trail at People's Forest on Sunday, November 19th at 1 p.m..   Get ready for the Thanksgiving holiday by spending time with friends, exercising and enjoying our beautiful forest as we hike to one of the most beautiful views overlooking the Farmington River. Please dress appropriately with proper gear, this will be a moderately strenuous hike but well worth it-It will be held rain or shine! Families are welcome. We will also enjoy a "Pot Luck" snack together as we take a break at the beautiful Overlook. Please bring water and your favorite "pot luck" snack to share. Hot Chocolate/dessert will be provided. Please RSVP by Saturday, November 11 to Donna Bastrzycki-  This will be a hike led jointly by the Barkhamsted Recreation Department, Farmington River Steward and FALPS. Please meet at the parking area across from the Jesse Gerrard Trail head on East River Road at 1 p.m. on November 19. Car pooling is recommended.     Hike Description:   Jessie Gerard Trail (Yellow): Starts at East River Road near the old Indian Settlement known as Barkhamsted Lighthouse. The right trail fork goes through the lighthouse site and continues northerly to the Chaugham Lookouts. The left trail fork climbs more directly to the overlooks by 299 stone steps. The views from this area are some of the best in the state. Continuing north, the trail passes between the Veeder Boulders to the picnic area on Greenwoods Road. Distance - 1.3 miles

Creative Crafters Christmas Workshop

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

DATE: Saturday, December 2, 2017 at the Riverton Grange                                

TIME: 1:00-3:00 p.m.,   Fee: $6.00 per child.  Please reserve a spot for your child by pre-registering by Wed, November 22.  (In order to prepare for the class and have all the necessary supplies/snacks, please register before the deadline!) Email Recreation Director-Donna to reserve your spot.

REVIEW-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! 

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



Home School Book Club in Teen Room
Tue, Oct 17, 2017 10:30am - 12:00pm
Northwest Knitwits
Tue, Oct 17, 2017 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Read, Rattle and Roll Story Time! Scarecrow Craft for You!
Wed, Oct 18, 2017 10:45am
Home School Book Club in Teen Room
Tue, Oct 24, 2017 10:30am - 12:00pm
Northwest Knitwits
Tue, Oct 24, 2017 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Read, Rattle and Roll Story Time! Llama Visiting Beardsley!
Wed, Oct 25, 2017 10:45am
Floor Cloth Painting Class (Reg. Req.)
Fri, Oct 27, 2017 3:30pm - 5:30pm
Home School Book Club in Teen Room
Tue, Oct 31, 2017 10:30am - 12:00pm
Northwest Knitwits
Tue, Oct 31, 2017 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Read, Rattle and Roll Story Time! -Chipmunk Puppets!
Wed, Nov 1, 2017 10:45am


 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.

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                                                 RUN LIKE A DEER 5K

The annual Run Like a Deer 5k, to offset the costs of NWR#7 graduation, will take place on Saturday, November 4, 2017.  Please click here for more information




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 Programs


Join us at Squires’ Tavern,100 East River Rd.,Barkhamsted,Ct., on Sat.Oct 28th at 2pm as we honor  Bob Judd by dedicating a  chestnut tree in his honor. Bob was a long time member who loved trees and history and helped the Historical Society in many ways during his lifetime. Come visit with his wife Alice and share stories about Bob while enjoying refreshments.


On October 21st at 7:00PM, we will have the Tavern “open for business’ just like it was in the 1800’s. Dress up in period clothes (if you dare) and join us for Tavern food and drinks, as well as games and music. We will have contra dancing in the Ballroom after dinner, beginning at 8:00PM.

We have done this for several years and everyone who comes really enjoys it. The Tavern looks so nice all lit up with people talking and dancing just as it did many years ago.

Cost is $10 per person, with children free.  Tickets may be purchased at the Tavern during our regular hours (Wednesday, 9:00-12:00, or Sunday 1:00-4:00).  We are LIMITING the number of tickets to 50 this year, so be sure to BUY EARLY!

It’s a great way to travel back in time and have an enjoyable evening with friends and neighbors. Hope you can come to Squire’s Tavern, 100 East River Road, Barkhamsted, CT. Questions, call: Noreen Watson 860.738.1152


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 2018-Please send in your application early!  The deadline this year will be Tuesday, April 3, 2018.  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!    2017-2018The 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:  Tuesday, April 3, 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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