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By Donna Carney-Bastrzycki-Director of Special Programs-Suffield Parks and Recreation Department, Daniel Leonard-Sports and Recreation Programmer

Suffield in the fall seems a little bit more beautiful, if that is even possible. Driving around town and attending programs and events, I get to see our picturesque town, and meet so many wonderful people. This makes me more grateful for the community that we all love.

As we are every season, Parks & Recreation is busy, busy, and busy! From soccer, field hockey, and flag football games to cheerleading, and afterschool programs for kids, as well as a host of programming for adults, we (and you) have had a busy fall. Exercise classes, volleyball, and yoga classes for adults have been very popular. I wanted to call to your attention a new addition for adult recreation, which is our indoor Pickle Ball League! What is Pickle Ball, you might ask? Think of ping-pong on a court about half the size of a tennis court. This highly social and recreational sport is sweeping the country, and it is the fastest growing sport in the world! Watch for more opportunities to play on our website ( or follow us on social media (@suffieldrec) on both Facebook and Instagram.

I also wanted to take a moment, for those of you who may not know, to let you know about Parks & Recreation’s new podcast. We are always looking for ways to connect with our residents and spread department and Suffield news that may be of interest. Our first podcast can be found on our YouTube page (just search: Suffield Parks & Recreation on YouTube), with both a video and audio only option, for those that like to listen to podcasts during their commute. We are currently working on the next podcast and will cover topics such as the renovations of the playing courts at family recreation area, located in between the McAlister and Middle Schools, and upcoming programs and events.

Have a great month!

The Bowling Buddies Group is Back to Bowling
The Parks and Recreation Department’s Jimmy Deren Memorial/Bowling Buddies Group is back underway for the year. The group practices every week through the beginning of May with our thirty-week long season that is held at Spare Time Lanes. Do you want to get some great exercise and make new friends? Then, join us! If you would like to participate or be a part of the bowling group and any of our inclusive special programs, please contact Donna Carney-Bastrzycki, Director of Special Programs at 860-668-3862. You must pre-register. The group is for ages fourteen to adult. We also go on many fun outings and have special activity evenings out throughout the year. Sign up and join in on the fun! Please check for registration details.

Get Ready for a Fun Winter!
It is Time to Register for Winter Programs Offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

The winter is the perfect time to take a new class or start a new hobby. The days may have gotten cold and dark but there is no excuse to sit and stay inside on all your electronic devices when there are so many enjoyable activities to attend in the community. We have a variety of new fitness classes, enrichment and community-based programs for your whole family to enjoy. Please visit our website for a full listing of programs, and to register, visit:

Pickle Ball League, Anyone?

Photo provided by Parks & Rec
A pickle ball player prepares to return a high lob in a game set up in the Middle School gym. Parks & Rec has established an indoor pickle ball league.

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