The Town of Barre has a long and proud history of investing in Recreation. Our focus on recreation is a large part of what makes Barre Town an attractive place to live, work and play. Through innovative and diverse programs, Barre Town Recreation plays an important role in creating healthy community. Barre Town Recreation Department is responsible for the maintenance, operation, and development of seven outdoor recreation locations in the Town of Barre. The Millstone Trails Association maintains the trails in the Town Forest. Click here for the Town of Barre Recreation Facebook page.
Seeking Rec Board member: The Selectboard seeks to fill a vacancy on the Recreation Board to finish a term ending in 2020. This active Board puts on well-attended events throughout the year that give residents, especially families, opportunities to play outside. They also have oversight of all the town’s recreation properties. The Board meets the first Monday of the month at 6pm. For more information or indicate your interest in serving, contact the town manager’s office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 479-9331
*EVENTS and ACTIVITIES*
- Snowmobile Poker Run, Silent Auction, Pulled Pork and Chicken Dinner Skatepark Fundraiser Sat Feb 16: The Mercy Family and Barre Town Thunder Chickens’ annual fundraiser extravaganza for the Travis Mercy Memorial Skate Park is coming up soon! If you like snowmobiling, eating, silent auctions, quilts, or skateboarding, you won’t want to miss this. Click here for the poster and more details.
- Freezing Fun for Families Mar 1-3: The Freezing Fun for Families annual snow softball tournament to benefit families battling childhood cancer will be at the Barre Town Rec Area once again. Learn more about this year's highlighted beneficiaries here, and learn more about the organization and donate here.
- Sledding hill is open: The gentle hill behind the town offices on 149 Websterville Rd is open for sledding. Just park in the parking lot for the town offices.
- Dog Park Calcutta/Silen Auction Fundraiser Fri Apr 5. Tickets to benefit the volunteer-maintained Town of Barre Community Dog Park for sale now. Click here for more information on their Facebook page.
A few Town recreation facilities can be reserved for exclusive use for limited periods of time. Check the Recreation Calendar to see what dates are available. To reserve:RECREATION SEASONS
- Barre Town Recreation Area Picnic Shelter: Contact the Town Manager's Office at 479-9331 or submit this form to email@example.com for your desired dates. Weekends book fast, so make your reservations early!
- Softball, baseball or soccer fields, bike paths, or Town Forest: Download, complete and submit this form to the Town Manager's Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Winter: Residents of Barre Town enjoy the great outdoors all year round. Winter brings snowmobiling, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing in the Town Forest, indoor pickleball hosted by the Recreation Board in the Barre Town Middle and Elementary School Gym, and trout fishing in the Stevens and Jail branches of the Winooski River. Have you ever played softball in the snow? It's more fun than you'd think! Each March Freezing Fun for Families puts on a winter softball tournament at our regulation amateur softball field and all proceeds go to help the families of children with chronic illnesses. It raises thousands of dollars for local families each year and it holds the world record for largest snow softball tournament!
Summer: Summer is a beautiful time to be in Vermont. Although swimming is not allowed in the quarries for safety reasons, it is a excellent place to spend a lazy day fishing and relaxing. The Town of Barre does offer swim lesson reimbursements of up to $25 to encourage our youngest residents to learn to swim. Visit our Recreation and Athletic Complex where all sorts of sports take place on our softball fields, four tennis courts, volleyball court, basketball courts, soccer fields, running track, and skate park.
Fall: Of course, fall in Vermont is known for its gorgeous views and the Barre Town Forest is no exception. Bring your camera for breathtaking views of the Green Mountain Range, Camel's Hump and environs. Fall is the perfect time to take a hike in the Town Forest, but wear orange, leash your dogs, and take care, because hunting is also allowed. Each fall hunters harvest turkey and deer and occasionally a bear is taken in Town.