The town owns four public parks – Eagle Park, Sycamore Park, Memorial Park, and the Town Green.
Bristol Veterans Memorial Park
Sept. 11, 1966~24 acres surrounding Burnham Falls on Baldwin Creek were dedicated as Veterans Memorial Park. The park is located 5 miles east of Bristol on Route 17, The McCullough Turnpike.
This beautiful, wooded park boasts picnic areas, paths, stairs, and a bridge across the chasm that features a roaring waterfall. There is also a stone monument with a bronze plaque that reads “This area has been set apart by the people of Bristol to honor those who served and perpetuate the memory of those who sacrificed their lives in World War II and the Korean Conflict. A living memorial dedicated to the use of future generations as a continuing symbol of the gratitude of a free people”
Named in 2004, Sycamore Park is located on a prominent bend of the New Haven River. The park property includes 8.4 acres and was acquired as part of an agreement between the Town of Bristol and the Federal Emergency Management Agency after a summer flood ravaged the area in 1998. Under the terms of this agreement, Sycamore Park will remain forever as a natural area.
Sycamore Park is currently managed as a day-use recreation area through the collaborative efforts of the Bristol Selectboard, Bristol Recreation Department and the Bristol Conservation Commission. The park has several picnic tables, a port-o-let in the summer months, excellent swimming & fishing areas and six interpretive sites.
This Park is located approximately 3.4 miles west of Bristol village on Route 116 at the one lane bridge. Take your immediate right and you will enter the Sycamore Park parking area.
Bristol Town Green
1827- The Munson family, “In consideration of the friendship, love, esteem and good will for the Town of Bristol” gave the town approximately 1.5 acres of land in the center of town (the land between North St., West and Church St.) to be used as a “Common & Green”. The Green offers a fountain at its center, a lighted bandstand, children’s play ground, peace garden as well as three memorials to our veterans. It is the venue for many town events, including festivals, band concerts, farmers’ market, chicken barbecues, and movies on the park.