May 18, 2021
Rockwell Park Pump Park Breaks Ground

Construction is underway for a bike pump park at Rockwell Park, adjacent to the Stonehouse. A pump park is a bike track designed in a loop consisting of banked turns and other features that allow riders to learn to gain and maintain speed by riding the terrain rather than just pedaling. Pump parks are fun, a good workout, and a way to build mountain biking skills and confidence. The family-friendly pump park headed for Rockwell is designed for all ages and abilities and will serve as a training area for young people and adults to learn and practice their biking skills, prior to tackling our trail system.

Bristol Youth See Designs Come to Life at
Brackett Park and Federal Hill Green

A ribbon cutting was held on Saturday, May 15, 2021, for the opening of the repainted playground turtles at Brackett Park and Federal Hill Green.

In January of 2020, the City of Bristol Department of Parks, Recreation, Youth and Community Services (BPRYCS) released the design contest calling for Bristol youth, ages 4 to 16, to submit designs for the repainting of the Federal Hill Green and Brackett Park Playground Turtles. Over three hundred eighty designs were submitted by March of 2020. In conjunction with the City of Bristol Arts and Culture Commission, three winners were selecting and announced shortly after in April, Azariah R., 10, Rocxana R., 12 and Amelia H., 6.

The UniteCT Mobile Bus visited the Youth and Community Services division at 51 High Street today. Together, they were able work with over 50 local residents as they navigate the qualification and application process for the State of Connecticut's new $235 million emergency rental assistance program, UniteCT.

Bristol Eliminating Substance Use Together (BEST) hosted a "Knock Out Stigma" basketball tournament and kids clinic this past Saturday, May 15, 2021 to round out National Prevention Week.

Pickleball is a racquet sport which combines elements of badminton, tennis, and table tennis. The sport is played on a court with the same dimensions as a doubles badminton court. The net is similar to a tennis net, but is mounted two inches lower. The game is played with a hard paddle and a polymer wiffleball. Because pickleball uses a smaller court and underhand services, the game is a good fit for mature adults.


BPRYCS is happy to partner with Shepard Meadows to offer un-mounted horsemanship lessons to the community. This is an un-mounted horsemanship program teaching skills such as grooming, tacking, and leading, as well as opportunities to challenge participants to persevere, problem solve, communicate.


Children as young as 6 months can begin their learn-to-swim journey at one of BPRYCS's three pools. Children who participate in Learn to Swim (LTS) program will receive complimentary membership to the facility for the duration of their lessons. Classes run for 8-weeks. Please note only (1) one parent or guardian is allowed into the spectator area during scheduled swim lessons due to COVID-19 guidelines.


Participants ages 7 to 14 will learn and practice soccer skills including trapping, passing, shooting, dribbling, heading and goalie techniques. Half and full field matches will be held. Camp is held Monday, June 14 through Thursday, June 17 from 5:30 - 7:30 pm at Bristol Eastern High School soccer field. Fee is $40.00 for the week.


May is Water Safety Month and we invite everyone to participate in our Water Safety Summer Challenge! Participants must register ahead of time and will then pick up their challenge cards to be completed between May 15 - July 15. Challenge cards will be available for pick up at the Dennis Malone Aquatics Center (325 Mix Street) or Youth Services (51 High Street), as well as the BPRYCS Main Office ( City Hall, 111 N. Main Street). There are 9 challenges that must be completed and validated by our aquatics division staff via photo/video proof. All participants are encouraged to use #IPreventDrowningBristolCT to share challenge photos and videos on social media.

Lauren Bent selected as City’s first Arts and Culture Supervisor

We are pleased to announce the selection of Lauren Bent as the city’s first Arts and Culture Supervisor. Lauren will be responsible for the development of a diverse year round arts and culture program, supporting the work of the City’s volunteer Arts and Culture Commission and management of the community theater program when the Memorial Boulevard Intradistrict Arts Magnet School opens in 2022.

Did you miss Water Safety Day?

It is never too late to learn about Water Safety!
Knowing how to swim, making smart choices around the water, and knowing what to do if something goes wrong can make the difference between life and death.

BPRYCS offers water safety classes for skill levels.
Visit www.BristolRec.com to learn more and to register for swim classes, water safety and CPR training.

May 2021

For the past year, Doug Trillo has committed countless hours to overseeing the renovations at Muzzy Field, working with vendors, developing operational policies, and training staff. Doug takes a great deal of personal pride in the stadium and the hard work has paid off - Muzzy Field has never looked better! For the first time ever the stadium will be hosting our Annual Youth Recognition Awards Night, Bristol Eastern/Central High School Graduation and of course dozens of games and festivities over the summer! Doug has a community first attitude and never hesitates to jump in and offer a hand, regardless of the project!
Assistant Parks, Grounds, and
Facilities Supervisor
Position: Recreation Intern

Performs a variety of duties assisting the Recreation Supervisor, Aquatics Supervisor, Facilities Supervisor, Community Engagement Coordinator, and the department Superintendent with daily operations of a busy, diverse and comprehensive summer BPRYCS department.

Bristol Parks, Recreation, Youth and Community Services
Main Office
City Hall - 2nd Floor
111 North Main Street