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Recreation Department

(860) 379-2895 Please email for any questions about programs and camp. Email-
(860) 379-6262
Town Hall
67 Ripley Hill Road
Hours of Operation
Office hours by appointment. Please email- Donna Bastrzycki-Barkahmsted Recreation Director-


The Barkhamsted Recreation Department has many enjoyable programs for you and your family throughout the year. To stay up to date on all of our current programs please check the website and also "like" the Town of Barkhamsted's Facebook Page.  Town traditional events and programs include-The Halloween Dance, Thanksgiving Hike and Pot Luck, Christmas in Riverton-Christmas Crafters Workshop, Ski Club, Karate, Mindful Movement, Pickleball, Earth Day, Summer Recreation Camp,  Moonlight Canoe and Kayak Trip, PaddleBoarding program with Morsel Munk during the month of July and many joint programs with the FRCC River Steward Team, FALPS and with other town and local organizations throughout the year.  When registering for a program, please mail the registration/payment forms to Barkhamsted Parks and Recreation Department -67 Ripley Hill Road  Pleasant Valley, CT 06063. Please sign up before the deadlines to reserve your spot for classes/programs and help ensure safe and fun programs.  The deadlines are set prior to the class to help finalize staffing and supplies.


Recently Held
May 29, 2021

Additional Info

Helping the Wild and Scenic Farmington 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. 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.

Maybe it is a downed tree creating a hazard in the water or an area of trash that needs to be cleaned up.
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  please email-Donna Bastrzycki-Recreation Director
Resources and Activities for Families during the COVID-19 pandemic
Resources for Families during the  COVID-19 (Coronavirus)




Cool and Fun Activities

Virtual Field trips- (Take a cool trip without leaving the house!)

Awesome Indoor Ideas including DYI Indoor Bowling!


Virtual Family Outings!

Travel the globe without leaving the house-- check out Earth cam!

Explore Africa and cool animals with this live web cam-

Check out the National Aquarium with its live broadcast!

Watch adorable puppies on live cam!


Coloring Pages


At Home Exercise Workouts

Awesome video series-NCHPAD (National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability



Relaxation and Mindfulness



An Excellent Resource for Parents and Caregivers for supporting those with Autism in uncertain times-from UNC Frank Porter Graham Child Development Instructive Team-

Game for Autism & SPARK for Autism! continues its free tour across the state of Connecticut in appreciation of SPARK at Yale ( The event uses the Project CASY Mobile Inclusion Arcade and other cool games.  Please see Dr. Roger Jou's post from this link-

I hope you find these resources helpful and will be putting up more resourceful links.

Donna Bastrzycki-Barkhamsted Recreation Director
FALPS Events

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

Tee shirts are in. We have some of the original artwork shirts and a new style.  Hats are now in also!  They are avalable at the Riverton Store.  

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. Events are FREE unless otherwise stated. Donations are always appreciated.

  • Scheduled events: Inclement weather cancels or postpones hikes. Check the FALPS Facebook page or the Town Calendar for Community Events.


The autumn is at our doorstep and you should plan to take advantage of the cooler weather, the fall colors, and watch the change of seasons. We made it through the potential hurricane and it’s time to get out and enjoy all the forests have to offer. Check out what we have planned below.

TICKS: The ticks are out! Check yourself after a day in the woods!
MOSQUITOS: Be sure to bring bug spray because the mosquitos are hungry!
BEES AND WASPS:  During the summer months, yellow jackets will nest in the ground. Sometimes they will be near or on the trails. Please be careful. If you are allergic to bees be sure and bring your EpiPen on outdoor activities.
Remember: No matter what ails you, there is no better prescription or more effective therapy than a walk in the woods!
The pollinator garden is doing well. The perennials are out and will continue to bloom into the fall. Check it out.

SAVE the DATE:   
 Our ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING is scheduled for Sunday, September 19 at 1:00 pm at the pavilion. FALPS FUNDRAISER: As you know we are planning a fundraiser on Wednesday, September 29 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Little Red Barn Brewers, 32 Lake Street, Winsted ( We will be having a Silent Auction and raffle items. We plan to use the funds raised to pay for lumber in an 800-foot stretch of trail that will get the Agnes Bowen Trail off Beaver Brook Road. The area is through a red maple swamp so we will be building bridges, boardwalk and bog bridges. If you cannot make the fundraiser and wish to help out with a donation, please send a check to ‘FALPS’, P.O. Box 323, Pleasant Valley, CT 06063 (on memo line add ‘trail work’) and thank you.
FALPS Events:

Saturday, September 25, 9:00 am to noon: Join artist Dana Ehninger for a Plein Air drawing and Painting Lesson at the Pollinator Garden at Matthies Grove in Peoples State Forest. Dana is a local artist with many years of experience. Please join her in creating a personal ‘postcard’ of the beautiful environment in our Farmington River community. Bring a chair, water, and supplies to create one or more works of art. Supplies: several sheets of paper, drawing pencils, eraser, markers, colored pencils, chalk or oil pastels. Perhaps you have an easel, water colors, acrylics? An oversized book or board makes a great surface on which to draw. Dana will bring a collective bin of 2-D supplies for all to use. Open to all. No pre-registration.
Sunday October 24, 1:00 pm: Foliage hike. Meet at the junction of Greenwoods Road and King Road in Peoples State Forest. King Road is approximately 1.5 miles from the junction of Greenwoods and East River Roads. Hike will be easy to moderate and is about 4 miles. Will be on sections of the Charles Pack, Jesse Gerard, Robert Ross and Agnes Bowen Trails. Take in the Veeder Boulders, Chaugum’s Lookout, Grand Vista, Gothic Window, and Boardwalk. Bring snacks and water. Open to all. No pre-registration required.
Work Update:

We have cleared downed trees from the Agnes Bowen, Charles Pack, and Robert Ross trails. A trails crew from the Connecticut Forest and Park Association (CFPA) worked on a section of the Charles Pack Trail near Big Springs to get through 130 feet of wet trail. We also worked with the Wilderness School from East Hartland (, to add 104 feet of bog bridging on the Charles Pack Trail. We spend several hours cutting a very invasive plant called Black Swallow-wort ( from a section of the Matthies Meadow. Work is ongoing at the pollinator garden. We are also planning other work parties this fall to cut invasive plants and start work on the re-route section of the Agnes Bowen Trail. If you would enjoy getting out and doing trail work or other types of outdoor projects, please let us know by emailing us at We always need help and have many more work projects in the pipeline!
We have hats and tee shirts available at the Riverton Store. Stop in for a sandwich, hot chili/soup, or ice cream and treat yourself to a new hat or tee!
I hope to see you in the woods!
Ralph Scarpino
FALPS President


Staff & Contacts

Donna Bastrzycki
(860) 379-2895 Please email- for questions about programs or camp.

Staff & Contacts

Donna Bastrzycki
(860) 379-2895 Please email- for questions about programs or camp.

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