Life Style Choices – Pick yours!
Lakes and Rivers
Brookfield’s location along Lake Lillinonah and Candlewood Lake provides unsurpassed opportunity for boating, swimming, fishing, and other water sports. Several marinas can serve your needs. The Still River with its protected Greenway offers environmentally rich walking and biking .
The famous Housatonic and Farmington Rivers are both nearby and provide nationally recognized fly fishing, canoeing and river rafting.
If you favor the ocean, you’ll find Long Island Sound less than an hour away.
Brookfield has two town parks: Cadigan and Kids Kingdom. Cadigan Park on Candlewood Lake Road provide residents with swimming, tennis, lacrosse, football, volleyball, lakefront and shaded picnic areas, pavilions and playgrounds for enjoyment by the whole family. Kids Kingdom, renovated in 2012, is located on the Town Hall property on Pocono Road and offers a wide range of age-appropriate recreation activities.
Brookfield Parks & Recreation Dept sponsors year-round activities, programs and trips. Additional information can be found on-line at these interesting websites: Northwest Connecticut Tourism, Connecticut State Parks, Paugussett State Forest, Rocky Glen State Park and Welcome to Connecticut Tourism.
Still River Greenway
“Our community is looking forward to the opening of the Still River Greenway Trail this summer. Residents have enjoyed walking the southern portion since it was completed in the fall, but with setting of the 170 foot span pedestrian bridge (see picture below) over the Still River in April, the northern and southern trails will be connected. This project will add to the quality of life Brookfield residents enjoy.”
-Dennis DiPinto, Brookfield Park and Recreation Director.
Pictures of the September 2015 Cadigan Park/Town Beach Grand Opening:
Many residents enjoyed the beautiful day, celebrating the opening of the newly renovated Town Beach and Cadigan Park.
You and your employees will find one private country club and one public golf course in Brookfield. Several public and private courses are close by including Richter Park Golf Course, an 18-hole, par 72 course, rated “one of the top ten public golf courses in the U.S.” by Golf Digest. Connecticut Golfer Online.
Biking and Hiking
The Still River Greenway pedestrian and bike trails was opened in the Spring of 2011. Easy accessed adjacent to the Police Department, you will find ample public parking. We will undertake a major expansion in the fall of 2014. When complete the trail will run from the Four Corners area to the Brookfield Municipal Center and through Arthur Harris Park to the vicinity of Route 133, a length totaling 2 miles.
Access to the Appalachian Trail is minutes away.
If you live in Brookfield you have extraordinary shopping choices from Connecticut’s largest mall (Danbury Fair) to small artisanal shops. In between are large national stores such as Costco, BJ’s, Kohl’s, Target, Stew Leonard’s, Home Depot and the national food and pharmacy chains as well as a rich variety of restaurants and other local retailers along Federal Road. Brookfield hosts more than 10 furniture outlets, both large national brands and small boutique shops. You may want to stop in to DiGrazzia Vineyards for a tour of the vineyard and a taste of local wine.
And, yes – we also have our share of coffee shops and banks.
The Brookfield Library offers more than just books! Our busy public library has many physical and online resources for adults, children, and teens.
Homebound Delivery Service (Visit Site)
Click here to learn about Brookfield’s very active Senior Center. The Center was completely renovated and expanded in 2010. The Center offers a multitude of popular daily programs, classes, lunch, field trips and more.
People in Brookfield have made important decisions to preserve open space and the character of our town. Major open space parcels include Gursky Farm, Williams Park, Old Bridge Sanctuary, Whalen Pond, Lillinonah Woods, Arthur Harris Linear Park and Grays Bridge Field.
Available additions are regularly brought forward and evaluated by the Brookfield Conservation Commission.
Museum and Historic District
Founded in 1788, the Brookfield Historical Society preserves Brookfield’s rich history by collecting documents and artifacts, and making them a part of Brookfield’s permanent heritage in its museum.
Arts and Culture
Brookfield’s rich history, open pastures, meadows and woodlands provide the perfect backdrop for local and visiting artists in which to work. The Brookfield Craft Center, located in the Town Center, is an education center for all who want to develop their creativity. The Brookfield Arts Commission liaison between artists, schools and the Community to promote and sponsor events like film festivals, artists and exhibits. During the summer months, local performers provide free entertainment where families can picnic on the grounds around the pavilion at Town Hall.
The fabled museums, art galleries and theaters of New York are an enjoyable day trip or evening out.
You and your employees can find lots of ways to volunteer. It may be on a town board or commission or through one of the many deserving non-profit agencies that serve our neighbors. Call the Selectman’s office at 203-775-7301 to learn about opportunities to volunteer.