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Photo by Donna Carney-Bastrzycki

Interested hikers are pictured on the pavilion porch during an interactive workshop at Sunrise Park.

Sunrise Park Spring Hiking Workshop Was a Hit!

On a beautiful spring Saturday, Mat Jobin, owner of Reach Your Summit, and the Town of Suffield Parks and Recreation Department led a one of a kind, interactive and enjoyable workshop that covered all hikers need to know about day hiking basics in the Nutmeg state and at our beautiful Sunrise Park. We had an incredible turnout and we reviewed important trip planning information, safety and Leave No Trace Principles. During the workshop, many hiking tips were covered with a show-’n-tell of gear reviews that can help make hiking experiences better. Mat Jobin is the owner and guide of Reach Your Summit and has a tremendous amount of first-hand experience with guiding groups for over 12 years and tackling solo pursuits and through hikes. Following the workshop, we highlighted the new Sunrise Park map that was created by volunteer Stephan Bastrzycki, and then we led two hiking groups on various trails at Sunrise Park with the new map. It was a fun day! If you are interested in downloading the new Sunrise Park map visit The Town of Suffield webpage and this link –

We are looking forward to seeing you out on the trail and summer programs soon!

Summer Fun with Suffield Parks & Recreation!

The Suffield Parks and Recreation Department has been busy planning and preparing for a summer to remember. We are offering an assortment of programming for our residents to choose from. For our youth we have scheduled various camp offerings- there is something for everyone.Whether your camper enjoys basketball, soccer, tennis or baseball, or they may enjoy an enrichment camp such as chess, horseback riding, Lego or PopStar. Be sure to register early, as we have limited enrollment.

Don’t miss out on offering your youth the chance to have a non-stop fun this summer at one of our successful traditional day camps. We offer the day camp experience for children who have reached age three all the way to youth entering 8th grade. The younger campers will enjoy Kid’s Korner/Morning Munchkins, grades 2-5 get to spend their summer at Sunrise Park, and the middle school kids enjoy our Adventure Camp. Each camp will offer a variety of activities that are tailored around each week’s theme. Don’t delay, register today.

We are also excited to announce some of our upcoming running opportunities. Our Ready to Run Club will begin the first week of July. You can either join our Monday and Wednesday session or choose to participate on Mondays or Wednesdays only. The 5.5.5. Summer Race Series begins on Monday, June 28 Join us for a 5k for $5 for 5 weeks. Charles Brydges, a Suffield Resident, is organizing the races with the department to improve community wellness while raising funds for Suffield Community Aid. “Although operating throughout the pandemic has presented its unique challenges, there is so much to be grateful for. So many folks have stepped up to do what they can to make a meaningful difference in the lives of others. I am grateful to Charles Brydges and the Suffield Park and Recreation Department for finding safe and creative ways to entice people to stay active and have fun – all while supporting Suffield Community Aid’s mission of helping out residents in need,” explained Janet Frechette, Executive Director of SCA.

For more details on any of our exciting summer programs, visit We look forward to serving you all this summer. Suffield Parks & Recreation – where parks and programs make life better in Suffield. 

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