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Peter Leclerc
Director
Donna Carney-Bastrzycki
Director of Special Programming
Jen Filer
Recreation & Sports Programmer
Pam Cocca
Registration Administrative Assistant


Hours:
Monday - Thursday
8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 1:00 pm


Address:
97 Mountain Road
Suffield, CT 06078

(860) 668 3862

Paradise is always where love dwells.

Jean Paul Richter

View from stage at Babb's Beach looking out on Lake Congamond

General Info

Babb's Beach is currently closed for the season.

Amenities

  • Gate Attendants
  • Swimming
  • Pavilion for picnic lunches
  • Upper field for games
  • Kayak/canoe storage
  • Handicap accessibility
  • Off-street parking

Handicap Accessibility

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

Rules

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

History of Babb's Beach & Rink

Beginning in the late 1890s, the Babb family operated a summer lake resort on the shores of Lake Congamond. 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.

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.