Welcome to Brooksvale Park!
The Pond is currently CLOSED FOR SKATING because of the rain water on the surface. When conditions allow, it is open during daylight hours. Skaters can park up above at the Veterans Hall parking lot unless a rental is taking place--Please obey signage, ENJOY & be careful!!
There is a confirmed case of Equine herpesvirus 1 in Bethany. It’s a disease that causes respiratory and other serious issues in horses. It does not affect Humans. As a precaution, we are asking everyone to disinfect themselves before and after touching our horses to prevent spreading, whether they have been near other horses or not. There are hand sanitizers around the barnyard and notices will be posted as well. Thank you in advance for your consideration and cooperation!
Brooksvale Park is a 500 acre public park owned and operated by the town of Hamden, CT. Brooksvale is a farm inspired park that includes farm animals, a vegetable garden, a sugar shack for boiling maple syrup, a bee apiary, a field for recreational use, and many hiking trails. The Park's Veterans Memorial Hall is available to rent for children's birthday parties during the off season. The Picnic Pavilion is available to rent from May thru October. (send an email if interested)
Park staff offer the annual Camp Brooksvale summer day camp, educational programs, and the Brooksvale Fall Festival. The Friends of Brooksvale contribute year round, and present Maple Sugaring Day and the annual WreathMaking Workshop.
The Barnyard is a wonderful place to visit, and the staff works hard to keep it safe and nice. BARNYARD RULES-- Absolutely NO FEEDING of our animals. Also, adults and group leaders please monitor kids closely in the Barnyard--Thank you! The animals live at the Park year round and create a real farm atmosphere that children and adults enjoy. The public is able to interact with the animals if they choose in a respectful manner (observe signage) The animals are also involved in the camp programs, as children learn about animal husbandry and agriculture.
During the warmer months, the adjacent farm garden is up and running. School children, campers, and visitors can walk through the garden and learn about organic farming. During the colder months the Park focuses on maple sugaring, teaching visitors and school children about the process of boiling sap and tapping our sugar maple trees.
You'll find more information about the history of the park, the barnyard, the garden, and other amazing things the Park has to offer in the main menu. Thank you for visiting the park website and we hope to see you soon!