January 30, 2023

Upgrade Your Play

Following playground updates to Stocks Playground and the addition of swings at Federal Hill Green, many residents responded with hopes of new playground equipment at their closest neighborhood playgrounds… well, we heard you and we’re ready to UPGRADE YOUR PLAY!

Plans are underway for upgraded playgrounds at:

- Seymour Park

- Wilson Park

- Peck Park

- Federal Hill Green

Now, we need YOU to rank your priority playgrounds in the Parks Project Portal:

Rank Your Priority Playgrounds 

Kern Park Engagement Workshop

February 28, 2023

6:00 PM

Ivy Drive School - Cafeteria

(160 Ivy Drive, Bristol, CT 06010)

Join BPRYCS and SHI Studio for a public engagement workshop to develop a Master Plan for Kern Park. Funded by the American Rescue Plan, the Master Plan will outline site improvements that will revitalize the park and establish a high-quality passive space with trails, outdoor educational elements, enhanced habitats.

We invite you to share your ideas with the department and project architect at the Public Engagement Workshop. Learn More

Welcome Anthony Connors!

Anthony Connors joined the BPRYCS Department Parks, Grounds & Facilities Crew in December 2022! Anthony joins us form the Water Department, so he is familiar and experienced with the Bristol community and the City's park system. Join us in welcoming Anthony to the BPRYCS team!

We had a great time swimming with Mermaids & Mermen at the Dennis Malone Aquatic Center on Saturday! Thanks to all the mini-mermaids and mermen who came out for the magical event!

Dinner on the Diamond - FUNDRAISER

May 13, 2023 (Rain Date: May 20, 2023)

5:00 - 8:00 PM

Muzzy Field

Dinner on the Diamond is back! Join us for an unforgettable evening as we kick off the summer season with live music, dinner, and celebration on the infield of Muzzy Field! Tickets include hors d'oeuvres, dinner, entertainment, drinks, and more!

Looking for Sponsors!


February Vacation Camp

Grades 1 - 6

February 20-21, 2023 | 9:00 - 3:00 PM

Perry J. Spinelli Pavilion

Escape the cold with us - Join us during February Vacation Camp for fun games and activities while Bristol Public Schools are on break. Campers will have the opportunity to interact socially, play games, participate in craft activities, and even go on a field trip. Learn More

9th Annual Retiree Golf League

Ages 55+

April 25 - September 12

Pequabuck Golf Club

The league includes 9-holes of golf every Tuesday for 20 weeks (4/25 - 9/5) from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM. On the last Tuesday (9/21 - tentatively), players will enjoy an 18-hole tournament and a banquet sponsored by the Pequabuck Golf Club (PGC). There will be a pre-league meeting at PCG on April 18th beginning at 10:00 AM. Fee is $520 which includes green fees, banquet, USGA handicap card, and great prizes. PGC Member fee is $95.00 (proof of membership required). Learn More

Registration for the 2023 Retiree Golf League opens on Wednesday, Feb. 1st.

Space is limited to 36 players enrolled.

Empower Hour

Ages: 7-11 years

Mondays, February 6 - April 3, 2023

4:15 - 5:15 PM

BPRYCS Main Office

(51 High Street)

Empower Hour is an after school empowerment program for elementary school age children. Participants will enjoy social skill building activities focused on adjusting to change, controlling impulsive behaviors and emotions, improving self-esteem, and making new friends!

Learn More

Letters of Love

January 30 - February 10

We invite you to write a kind valentines letter to an elderly Bristol community member and BPRYCS will deliver it to a senior in need of a little love for Valentines Day. Calling all kids and those young at heart to help make Valentine’s Day Cards for Bristol seniors! Participants are encouraged to make their own cards, draw pictures, write letters or simply sign boxed Valentine’s cards. Completed cards can be mailed to or dropped off at the following locations:

  • Main Office (51 High Street)
  • DMAC (325 Mix Street)

Learn More

Puppy Training at Camp Canine

Thursdays, February 2 - March 9, 2023

6:30 - 7:30 PM

A successful relationship with your dog is based on trust and mutual understanding. With these opportunities in mind, these programs are designed to work for you, your dog and your lifestyle. These goals are achieved through motivational and result oriented training. We're excited to partner with Camp Canine to provide you with the tools and knowledge needed to effectively communicate with your dog. Learn More


Part Time Positions

Summer Positions


BPRYCS shines light on Substance Use in Bristol

BEST Coordinator, Michael Tingley, and Youth and Family Coordinator, Alyson Phelan, visited Bristol Central High School last week with local Peer to Peer Program participants. They shared information surrounding the harms of vaping and other substance use with students.

51 High St. Gets a Facelift!

The BPRYCS Main Office, located at 51 High Street, got a facelift recently - look for the blue awning next time you swing by! We're on the corner of High St. & Bellevue Ave; just up the street from the Bristol Public Library!

Stocks Playground Update

We are anticipating construction for a new splash park, basketball and volleyball court lighting and ADA enhancements to get underway in late March pending weather. 

Learn More

BPRYCS and the Parks, Grounds, and Facilities crew have been working to prioritize local environmental efforts. Landscape Gardner Steven Schriver presented his design ideas for the Pine Lake Adventure Park entrance on Birch Street. The landscape work is expected to commence in the Spring of 2023 following the construction of the new bathrooms. 

Looking Back at 2022

We are proud to present the 2022 Annual Report showcasing BPRYCS impacts and accomplishments from this past year.

Download the 2022 Annual Report
City of Bristol
Department of Parks, Recreation, Youth and Community Services
51 High Street
Bristol, CT 06010
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