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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Please consider contributing towards the restoration. Click here for more information.

 

CRC Holiday Party

 
Welcome Saturday,
December 6, 2014

Please come and enjoy the REAL start of the Christmas season!

All are invited to the CRC Christmas Party!

Socializing, dinner and dancing will be held at the Bada Bing Club located at 560 Griffin Road, West Suffield (the same location as last year).

Tickets are $25 per person and can be picked up from Saunders Package Store or Nora’s Restaurant. You can make reservations by calling Sandy at (860) 798-1446 or Deb (413) 998-3302.

The BYOB Happy Hour will be from 6-7pm, with dinner and dancing (included in the ticket price) starting at 7pm.

In the Spirit of the Season, CRC is asking that you bring a non-perishable food item for the food pantry

 
 

 

Janeene Crane, Ginny Graves, and Paul Yocum sprucing up one of the Babb's buildings

Janeene Crane, Ginny Graves, and Paul Yocum sprucing up one of the Babb's buildings.
9/10/2014

 

Babb's Roller Rink Merchandise

20 minutes of interviews with locals reminiscing about Congamond Lake and Babb’s. Lots of photos included. “Reflections on Congamond” DVD $20

Hanes Beefy-T t-shirt, preshrunk, high quality cotton. Has color photo of Babb’s building on the back, red BABB’S logo on the front. Babb’s T-shirt $12

Approximately 2” x 6” wooden replica. Includes history of this historical building printed on the back $20

 

Changes and Citizens Restoring Congamond (CRC)

In 1977, the Babb’s family donated the 7-acre property to the Town of Suffield. To ensure the property didn’t further deteriorate, in 2003 CRC signed a lease with the Town of Suffield to make “minor changes” to bring this historic building up to code. However, changes now must include sprinklers and exits for fire protection, new electrical and plumbing, new lighting, tempered glass, a new roof, new restrooms, new party rooms and snack bar, new supports underneath, a new septic sys-tem, a new water line, heating and air con-ditioning, plus doors and ramps to meet the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). CRC needs your help to make this family-fun dream a reality.

I’d Like to Help Restore Babb’s!
Help to restore a family-friendly National Landmark in 6 simple ways:

  • Volunteer any weekend to restore the roller rink and park
  • Donate materials or money, which are fully tax deductible
  • Help write grants
  • Assist with fundraising events
  • Remember Babb’s in your estate planning
  • Sponsor events and be recognized in a permanent display on our website and public relations activities. Contact CRC.

 

You Can Help Restore Babb's Park

Do You Remember When?

Since the 1890’s, Babb’s has been part of the “fun scene” of our tri-state area, attracting families from miles around. Babb’s began as a camping, beach and entertainment destination. By the 1940’s it presented Big Bands like Tommy Dorsey, Harry James and others. Then as a roller skating rink in the 1950’s it became “The Cool Place To Be.” Many speak fondly of meeting their future spouses there.

Restoring Babb’s Benefits You and Your Community

This historic landmark belongs to the people of Suffield. Once operating, it benefits you by:

• Providing a safe place for youth sports, kids and families
• Once reconfigured, the rink building will accommodate indoor sports, family functions, roller skating, and a host of other possibilities
• Helping fund the protection and betterment of the Congamond Lakes
• Producing revenue for local businesses by attracting families from surrounding communities to the area

 

What is the plan?
  • Restore building to roller skating rink and multifunction usage.
  • Sublease the building to a rink operator.
  • Any profits realized from the sublease will be utilized for CRC’s mission of the protection and preservation of the Congamond Lakes.

How can you help?

It is with sadness that we note the passing of Mr. Nelson Babb. A wonderful, endearing man who helped make Babb’s Roller Rink and Swimming Park a favorite memory for many of us. May he continue to roller skate through the aisles of heaven.

- The Babb’s Board

  

   

Proudly protecting Babb's Historical Roller Skating Rink
 

Babb's Roller Rink Collectible by Hometowne Collectibles

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The Babb's Rink Collectible is a beautifully detailed reproduction of the historic West Suffield, Connecticut roller skating rink.  Cut from ¾" wood, the replica measures approximately 9-½" long and 2-¼" high and contains a history of the rink printed on the back.  The Babb's Beach property, including the roller skating rink, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on July 12, 2006.
 

Thank you to our Sponsors from 2012!

Platinum Sponsors
Nargi Family (Michael & Kerri) of Southwick, MA
Freedom Candle Company, of Granby, CT

Gold Sponsors
Crowe Family (Tom & Eva) of West Suffield, CT
Chem-One Supply Company of West Suffield, CT

Silver Sponsors
Hair Unlimited of Suffield
Diane Mason Family Farm Insurance of Southwick
Rockville Bank
Webster Bank
First National Bank of Suffield
Stone Insurance Agency of Suffield

(these sponsors also sponsor the Concert Series)

   

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Babb's Park Renovation sponsored by
Citizens Restoring Congamond