Members of The Barkhamsted Recreation Council, the Farmington River Coordinating Committee, and Groundworks Bridgeport, at Barkhamsted's Family Fun Day on Saturday, July 10.
Members of The Barkhamsted Recreation Council, the Farmington River Coordinating Committee, and Groundworks Bridgeport, at Barkhamsted's Family Fun Day on Saturday, July 10.
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BARKHAMSTED — The Barkhamsted Recreation Department along with the Farmington River Coordinating Committee (FRCC) held its first-ever Family Fun Day on Saturday, July 10.
The event was held at the Barkhamsted Historical Society’s Squires’ Tavern and included many family fun activities, including cornhole, frisbee games, along with various arts and crafts.
“A lot of families missed out on so much during the pandemic,” town Recreation Director Donna Bastrzycki said. “We also have a group from Groundwork Bridgeport as well who helped us with invasive species in People’s State Forest. They’re also helping out with Family Fun Day.”
According to its Facebook page, Groundwork Bridgeport is a community-based nonprofit organization that teaches children about the environment, along with creating new opportunities for people to learn new skills and find ways to beautify and revitalize the city.
“We received a grant from the National Park Service and we are creating a sister city program with Groundwork Bridgeport,” Farmington River Steward Stephan Bastrzycki said. “Their stewards are coming up here, and we are hoping that later in the summer that we can bring some of our people down to Bridgeport so it will be a collaboration between the Barkhamsted FRCC and Bridgeport. This is the first time many of them have been to this area, and it’s giving the youth experiences that they maybe haven’t had a chance to have yet.”
“It’s really important to have a program like this because it’s been an exchange of students from two different parts of the state getting to meet and work collectively on a project together,” Groundwork Bridgeport Program Lead Tanner Burgdorf said. “For us, we see a lot of value in introducing students not only to the work that we do in Bridgeport but also to other parts of the state. We want to showcase to our students another part of the state and create a cool collaboration with people outside of Bridgeport.”
“I wanted to do a sister city model of stewardship for all of our waters across the state, which we started up here with the Farmington River,” Groundworks Bridgeport CEO Christina Smith said. “It’s important for kids to understand the joy of giving back in other places and other communities. I don’t like to operate in the idea of ‘silos’ because nature is not operating in ‘silos.’ Nature is a whole interconnected system.”

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