First Selectman’s Update

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Melissa Mack

Happy Spring! So much to celebrate this month!

Bridge Street Park (BSP) Public Information Sessionto be scheduled in early May

BSP promises a new town amenity for all to enjoy. Prior to initiating the RFP, the Town compiled feedback spanning several years to establish project scope. SLR, our selected partner, is now creating a website to summarize this data and provide a survey for residents. Worthy of note, SLR is also updating the Suffield Public School’s demographic study further informing their understanding of the community served by BSP. Look for Town News ( announcing meeting date and website/survey launch.

Sunrise Park Playscape Ribbon Cutting May 8, 11 a.m.

The official opening of this nature-themed playground, recently awarded the Connecticut Recreation & Parks Association “Park of Merit Award.” The award acknowledges exemplary community collaboration and noted the partnership between Suffield Parks & Recreation, the Conservation Commission, Suffield High School, whose students created educational panels, and the Town of Suffield and Suffield Rotary Club who funded the venture in an 80/20 arrangement.

The event also serves to welcome aboard new Park Superintendent Tom O’Brien, already hard at work to further enhance Sunrise and Stony Brooke Parks.

Mother’s Day, May 9

Thanks to the Moms for shouldering the weight of the world during COVID-19 and still finding ways for our families to thrive!

Town Budget FY 21-22 Public Hearing, May 12, 7:00 p.m. Virtual Meeting

See Budget Info at

Suffield 350th Parade Workshop, May 13, 6 – 9 p.m.

Senior Center

Still deciding about participating in Suffield’s 350th Parade? Worried about creating a float? This workshop, led by Anne Cubberly (, the puppetry artist behind Night Fall, presents creative and easier alternatives to floats that still provide great color and energy. Space is limited so please send one member only who will be responsible for bringing the ideas back to the larger group. Additional details at

A Day in Suffield, May 15

Invite a visitor and make a day of it! Don’t forget to top it off with eats and drinks – check out The Phelps-Hatheway House will provide restrooms and water.

Annual May Market, May 15, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Phelps-Hatheway House

See page 35 for more detailed information.

Suffield 350 Barn Quilt Trail

Our anniversary celebration continues by welcoming bike riders and Sunday drivers alike to enjoy nearly 30 miles along pastoral country roads; local artisan-made wood quilts adorn some of Suffield’s most beloved barns and homes. Visit for a map and list of locations.

Classic Cars & Music, 6 -8 p.m. 

Movie Night on the Green, 8:30 p.m.

Parks & Recreation revs up the night with vintage cars along with Frank Sinatra tribute artist Patrick Tobin, followed by a showing of the Disney classic, Cars. All events are free. Rain date, May 22.

Town Hall Ribbon Cutting and Reopening, May 17, 11  a.m.

We unveil the newly renovated Town Hall after breaking ground last July AND open our doors to the public after the COVID-19 shutdown. Welcome back Suffield!

Town Budget Meeting for FY21-22, May 26, 7 p.m.

Suffield Middle School

Memorial Day Observance and Parade, Monday, May 31

The Veterans Appreciation Committee will be active participants in this year’s ceremony. There’s still time to get involved in this and the Veterans Memorial expansion – attend the next VAC meeting! For information go to

As spring warms up, make sure to get your event on the Community Calendar ( Contact

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