Recreation Department

Donna Bastrzycki-Recreation Director
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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, Nature Camp, Moonlight Canoe and Kayak, 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 registation/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 finalzie staffing and supplies.

Halloween Sock Hop!

The Recreation Department Annual Sock Hop will be held on Friday, October 25 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!  Parents and care givers, please dress up too!  Entertainment Unlimited will be spinning everyone’s favorite music.  Be ready for some Halloween Fun!  We have great prizes for both children, families and adults!

Before Thanksgiving Holiday Hike with Hot Apple Cider,  Hot Chocolate and Cookies!  (Fun for the whole family!)  (New!)

Join us as we hike up to the beautiful Beaver Brook Marsh Boardwalk trail in Peoples State Forest at 1 p.m.. on Saturday, November 23.  Get ready for the Thanksgiving holiday by spending time with friends, exercising and enjoying our beautiful forest surrounded by the beautiful Wild and Scenic Farmington River as we hike to the Beaver Brook Boardwalk Marsh Trail and enjoy a fun afternoon.  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 Boardwalk.  Please bring water and your favorite "pot luck" snack to share if you wish. Hot Chocolate/Hot Apple Cider and desserts will be provided. Please RSVP by Friday, November 8 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 on East River Road at bottom of Greenwoods Road (near the gate) (The road that leads up to the Stone Museum) at 1 p.m. on Saturday, November 23. Or if this is full please at the lot next to the Squire’s Tavern/Historical Society.  Carpooling is recommended.   (Depending on the group size/level of difficulty we may split up into two groups and have a few different options for length of the hike/walk.)  (The full hike will be approximately 3.5-4 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 7, 2019 at the Riverton Grange  (In Conjunction with the Festival of Trees!)                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 27.  (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.


Barkhamsted Rec. Ski Program


All registration forms must be completed and paid for by Friday NOVEMBER 1.  (Please register on time to help ensure a safe and fun program and avoid mandatory late fees by Ski Sundown)  Important-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 and you will avoid a late fee.  Chaperones and volunteers are essential in order for this program to be possible.  Please email Donna Bastrzycki at if you can help out.  Thank you!  Parents are strongly encouraged to attend the Ski Sundown Safety Meeting.

Where: Ski Sundown                  Age Group:          3rd - 6th graders

When: Wednesday afternoon for 5 weeks (after school)    (January 8, 15, 22, 29, 5)  we will add on weeks if School is canceled or there is an early release from school.  (If there is no school or an early release then we will not have the Ski program that day and the program will be extended)

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 and $10.00 late fee to The Town of Barkhmated.  There are NO guarantees that space will be available after the deadline.  Please register before November 1.  *Helmets are required!  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: $285.00          Lift Only + bus: $201.00,        Pass Holder Lesson + bus: $175.00           Equipment Rental: $135.00,                     

(The above price 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. Forms will be available at the Barkhamsted Elementary School, Town Hall and will be emailed to you directly if requested.  All forms went out to each child in Grades 3-6 at the Barkhamsted Elementary School on Thursday, September 19.  Please email- for more info.  (Please fill out both the Barkhamsted Recreation Registration form and the Ski Sundown Registration form for this program.)

Sign up for our New Pickleball Program in 2019!

Pickleball  (NEW!) 

It is time to get fit and have fun this fall and join us for our new Pickleball Fall and Winter Session 2019-2020.  All levels and abilities are welcome.   This fun sport combines many elements of tennis, badminton and ping-pong.  You will get great exercise and have a blast. 


Dates-FREE-Demo Nights and Registration Night Wednesday-September 18 and October 16.

Time:  6:00-9:00 p.m. in the Barkhamsted Elementary School gym  

Come give Pickleball a try and see what all the fun is about.  Please wear sneakers and bring a Pickleball Paddle.   You can also register for the Fall/Winter Program that night.  Please bring check or cash.

Fall Session-November 6, 13, 20, December 4, 11, 18, January 8, 15, 22, 29  (Snow Dates 2/5, 2/12) (New 10 week session this year!!)

Please mail or drop off forms and payment to Barkhamsted Town Hall-67 Ripley Hill Road, Barkhamsted, CT 06063)

Location-Barkhamsted Elementary School Gym

Time-6:00-9:00 p.m.  (this program is for adults)

Fee:  $20.00 for residents, $25.00 for non-residents per 10 week session (no pro-rations)   Pre-registration is required.     Please bring your own paddle and wear sneakers.

FREE Fun Wednesday Pickleball Nights-(New!)  Wednesdays-September 18 and October 16  6-9 p.m. at the Barkhamsted Elementary School.  *Please bring your own Paddle and wear snearkers (bring a check or cash to register for the Fall/Winter session.  You can fill out the registration form at these two FREE Intro Nights.

To learn more about Pickleball please visit-

Please bring or mail registration forms and payment to Barkhamsted Town Hall-67 Ripley Hill Road, Barkhamsted, CT 06063  (Please register before the deadline)  For more info contact-Donna Bastrzycki-Recreation Director- 

Sign Up For Fall Karate with the Barkhamsted Recreation Department!

Fall Karate 2019 -Youth
Thursdays, November 7, 14, 21, December 5, 12, 19, January 2, 9  (back up bad weather/cancelation dates are January 12 and 23  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!  Registration Deadline is Monday, October 28.  Please register before the deadline!

Family/Teen and Adult Karate 

Thursdays,  November 7, 14, 21, December 5, 12, 19, January 2, 9 at the Barkhamsted School in the Gym from 7:00-7:45 p.m.  Registration Deadline is Monday, October 28.  Please register before the deadline!

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)

Please mail or drop off registration forms to Barkhamsted Town Hall-67 Ripley Hill Road Barkhamsted, CT 06063

For more information about the class contact: Charlotte Silkey    Phone-860-830-7178 Email

(In order to prepare and have safe Recreation classes/programs and have all the necessary supplies/ equipment/ snacks, please register before the deadlines!  Low enrollement after the deadline will also cancel a program)   Email Recreation Director-Donna Bastrzycki- for questions.

Get Healthy, Centered and Fit with our new classes this Fall!

Mindful Movement for Families  (New for Fall)

Day-Tuesday’s              Dates- Fall-October 29, November 12, 19, 26, December 3, 10 (bad weather cancelation day-December 17th.  Registration deadline is  Monday, October 21.

Location-Barkhamsted Elementary School Gym Time-  6:00-6:45 p.m.

Fee:  $30.00 per person and $5.00 discount off each additional family member that registers

Instructor:  Robyn Centrella

Registration deadline is Monday, October 21  or when the program is full.  Please register before the deadline and don’t miss out!

This class offers a highly effective combination of breathing, stretching and strengthening techniques that is fun for families. You will gain many benefits as you release muscular tension from your body, enhancing both work and/or sports performance. Bring along a family member/friend and enjoy slowing down this fast paced life...leave feeling peaceful and empowered! Please bring a comfortable mat and hand towel.  This is a perfect class for families.   (Recommended for ages 10-adults)

Mindful Movement for Adults  (New for Fall) 

Day-Tuesday’s Dates-Dates- Fall-October 29, November 12, 19, 26, December 3, 10 (bad weather cancelation day-December 17th.  Registration deadline is  Monday, October 21.

Location-Barkhamsted Elementary School Gym Time-7:00-7:45 p.m.

Fee:  $30.00 per person and $5.00 discount off each additional family member that registers

Registration deadline is Monday, October 21   or when the program is full.  Please register before the deadline and don’t miss out!

Would you like to learn new breathing, stretching and stress relieving techniques?  This new Mindful movement program is for you!  This class offers a great work out at the same time you will learn effective calming, stretching and strengthening techniques.  This class  also combines dynamic and static calisthenic stretches meant to relieve both physical and mental stress in the body.  You will be able to give full attention to your particular muscle structure, flexibility and tension levels. Ultimately gaining freer movement in your everyday life! Leave feeling both relaxed and revived.  Please bring a comfortable mat and hand towel.   

Please note for all programs that are held in the Barkhamsted Elementary School, If there is no school or an early release then we will not have the program that day and the program will be extended if possible.)

Please register before the deadline for all programs to help ensure safety, avoid late fees, and guarantee your spot and successful running of the program.  Forms can be either mailed or dropped of at Barkhamsted Town Hall-67 Ripley Hill Road-Barkhamsted, CT 06063 


Volunteer Opportunities and Fun Community Events!

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 our beautiful 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 of 2019.  The Stewards will continue to help spread the word about proper etiquette on the river and provide a presence during the busier times. There are some volunteer oppurtunities to help out and This could be a great learning experience for students majoring in environmental studies/conservation, or just someone who enjoys interacting with others to help.  If interested in learning more please contact-Stephan Bastrzycki-River Steward at

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, contact 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.   The Recreation Department and the FRCC River Steward Team put on many co-led activities throughout the summer and have booths at many of the local events.  Thanks for helping spread the message of #NoGlassNoTrash around our beautiful Wild and Scenic Farmington River area and in and around our Recreational trails and town!  Looking forward to seeing you at upcoming programs and out!


 FALPS Events


Friends of American Legion and People's State Forest (FALPS) puts on numerous educational, fun and family friendly events throught out the year and summer.   (The Recreation Department, the FRCC Steward Team and FALPS also put on joint events throughout the year along with other local town organizations as a terrific collaboration)

 Remember to regularly check our FALPS Facebook page for upcoming events and programs. 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. 

Looking forward to seeing you and your family at upcoming programs! 

Donna Bastrzycki-Barkhamsted Recreation Director - 








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