The Babb's Park Renovation Project

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On Friday October 31, 2003, Citizens Restoring Congamond (CRC) signed a 20-year lease with the Town of Suffield for use of the Babb's Skating Rink. We have a big refurbishing job ahead of us! Babb's Beach - The Babb family operated a summer lake resort on the shores of the Congamond Lake starting in the late 1890s.  The current roller skating rink was built circa 1930 as a dance hall.  The facility hosted well-known musicians during the Big Band era.  The Babb family donated the approximately 7 acre property to the Town in 1977 and Nelson Babb had a life-use of a house and continued to operate the skating rink until 1996.  The 11,000 s.f. building was falling into disrepair and 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 building as a rollerskating rink.  The Town recieved a $100,000 Small Town Economic Assistance Progam (STEAP) grant from the State of Connecticut to help with the restoration.  Babb's Beach was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on July 21, 2006.  Once the rollerskating rink is restored, CRC plans to sublease the building to a rink operator and any profits realized from the sublease will be used for CRC's mission of the protection and preservation of the Congamond Lakes.  Future plans for the town-owned property, pending available funding, include reutilizing the beach area, constructing a bathhouse, and building a pavillion overlooking the lake.
433 Babbs Rd
West Suffield, CT 06093


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April  2018


Waterfront Director and


At Sunrise Day Camp program


Babb’s Beach

 Parks & Recreation Department

Town of Suffield, CT

Are you interested in a rewarding job this summer?  Now is the time to start planning!  Start training now to become a certified Lifeguard or Water Safety Instructor.  We are accepting applications for a Waterfront Director, Lifeguards and Water Safety Instructors for the summer season.

The Parks & Recreation Department is looking for qualified waterfront staff for our summer programs.  Must have current Lifeguard and Waterfront Certifications.  

The Sunrise Day camp is an outdoor summer camp program held at Sunrise Park, West Suffield.  Lifeguards assist in teaching swimming lessons and guard at Whites Pond, which is part of Sunrise Park.   

Program dates:  June 25 – August 11, 2018 

Babb’s Beach:  Lifeguarding Only.  Outdoor lake facility, located on Congamond Lake, West Suffield, CT    Weekends only:   June 23 – August 19, 2018.


Applications may be downloaded at:   SUFFIELDREC.COM

To apply or further information contact:

The Suffield Parks and Recreation Department 97 Mountain Road Suffield, CT.  06078 (860) 668-3862



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Babb's Park Renovation sponsored by
Citizens Restoring Congamond