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.
*GOING ON THIS SPRING*
- Annual Egg Hunt, Sat Apr 15, 10am at Barre City’s Rotary Park near the Barre City Elementary and Middle School. Intended for children 3 to 10 years of age. Areas for three age groups: 3-4, 5-7, and 8-10. For everyone’s safety, no pets please. Do bring a basket or bag and, in lieu of a fee, a non-perishable food item to donate to the Vermont Food Bank. Hosted by the Barre Town and Barre City Recreation Departments. Click here for the flyer.
- Spring into Summer Festival - details coming soon
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:
- 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.
- Softball, baseball or soccer fields: Submit your desired dates and name of your organization or team to the Town Manager's Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spring: We welcome spring by walking, hiking, mountain biking and bird watching in the Town Forest and on our many bike paths. With a variety of trails rated from easy to hard, everyone has the ability to enjoy the outdoors at their own pace. Don't forget golf, the Country Club of Barre is located nearby and it boosts a 18 hole golf course that has been rated one of the top five courses in Vermont which is available to non-members. If Disc Golf is more your speed, then visit the 18 hole Quarries Disc Golf Course, also located in the Town Forest, which is open year round except for deer season.
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 citizens 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 take care, because hunting is also allowed. Each fall hunters harvest turkey and deer and occasionally a bear is taken in Town. Deer hunting season is from November 12th to 27th 2016.
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!