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Peter Leclerc

Director of Parks & Recreation
pleclerc@suffieldct.gov

 

Donna Carney-Bastrzycki

Director of Special Programs
dcarney@suffieldct.gov

Jen Filer

Recreation and Sports Programmer
jfiler@suffieldct.gov

Pam Cocca

Registration Administrative Assistant
pcocca@suffieldct.gov

Address:

97 Mountain Rd.
Suffield, CT 06078

Phone:

(860) 668 3862

Fax:

(860) 668 3324

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Lake Congamond and Babb's Beach

    Lake Congamond Notifications

    Babb's Beach General Information

    • Opening Day: Saturday, June 22, 2019
    • Hours of Operation:
      Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
      Saturday 12:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
      Sunday 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
    • Lifeguard on Duty: TBD
    • Fees:
      No charge for residents
      $20 per car for non-residents

    Babb's Beach Amenities

    • Gate Attendants
    • Swimming
    • Pavilion for picnic lunches
    • Upper field for games
    • Kayak/canoe storage
           Six kayak/canoe racks available for seasonal rental
           $100 per rack
           Purchase at http://www.suffieldrec.com
    • Handicap accessibility
    • Off-street parking

    Babb's Beach Handicap Accessibility

    • Handicap accessible portalets
    • Lower level handicap parking
    • Wheelchair accessibility to beach/water via special rollout mats

    Babb's Beach Rules - Strictly Enforced

    • No pets
    • No alcohol
    • Take-in/take-out garbage policy

    Babb's Beach Special Arrangements

    Babb's Beach History

    • Beginning in the late 1890s, the Babb family operated a summer lake resort on the shores of Congamond Lake. The current roller skating rink was built circa 1930 as a dance hall and hosted well-known musicians during the Big Band era. In 1977, the family donated the approximately 7 acre property to the Town of Suffield. Nelson Babb had a life-use and continued to operate the skating rink until 1996. Babb's Beach was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on July 21, 2006. In 2016, the Town made extensive improvements and officially reopened the park and beach to the public in 2017.

    Babb's Rink Renovation

    • On October 31, 2003 the Town entered into a four-year lease with four extension periods with Citizens Restoring Congamond (CRC). CRC agreed to utilize its non-profit status to conduct fundraising and restore the 11,000 s.f. building as a roller skating rink. The Town received a $100,000 Small Town Economic Assistance Program (STEAP) grant from the State of Connecticut to help with the restoration. Continued restoration of the rink building is contingent upon additional funding.