Recreation

Carl Rogers, Town Manager 
crogers@barretown.org
P.O. Box 116, 
Websterville, VT 05678

(802) 479-9331

Dwight Coffrin, Recreation Maintance Supervisor 
P.O. Box 116
Websterville, VT 05678-0116
(802) 479-0722  – May - Oct.
(802) 479-9331  – Nov. - Apr.
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Recreation

Recreation Department

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.
 
 
*Summer and Fall*
  
Things to Do
  • Millstone Trails Association new trail opening in the Town Forest Sat Aug 26. Click here for their Facebook event for more information.
  • Fall Forest Storytime, Sat Sep 9, 1pm. Aldrich Public Library's Childrens Librarian Ian Gauthier will tell a Scottish fairy tale and read an autumnal book about forest animals getting ready for winter. There will be some forest/wildlife games and activities for preschoolers and up with their parents. No need to bring anything, but please dress for weather conditions. Meet at the Barre Town Forest parking lot kiosk, 44 Brook St., Websterville, VT 05678. Rain will unfortunately cancel the event. For more information, call the library at 476-7550.
  • Fall Festival Sat Sep 23, 10a-2p, Barre Town Rec Area Picnic Shelter: The Recreation Board will host the second annual Fall featuring face painting, pumpkin bowling, DIY marshmallow catapults, hot food, and more.  Free family fun! For updates, stay tuned to the town website or follow the Barre Town Recreation Facebook page.
  • Barre Town Forest Walks Jun-Sep. Barre Town Forest Friends lead easy to moderate nature walks through the summer. Meet at the 44 Brook St. parking area. All ages welcome, and dogs on leashes too. If rain is heavy enough to require an umbrella the walk will be canceled.  For more info or rain checks contact Marianne at 802-476-4185 or mkotch731@gmail.com.
    • Tuesday walks (Jun 6-Sep 26) start at 9am and are led by Marianne Kotch and Suzy Klinefelter.
    • Alternate Sunday walks (Jun 4 & 18, Jul 2, 16 & 30, Aug 13 & 27, and Sep 10 & 24) start at 9am and are led by naturalist Samantha Ryan.
Past Events this Season
  • The Barre Town Recreation Board hosted 6 ice cream socials this summer, one at every Barre Town playground. Hundreds of people attended.
  • As part of the Barre Heritage Festival, the CV Runners and Rehab GYM offered a 5K trail run in the town forest on Sun Jun 30
  • Summer Youth Track was offered Jun 19-Jul 27, culminating in the Vermont Recreation and Parks Association Track Meet on Sat Jul 29 - click here for photos and resultsCo-sponsored by the Barre City and Barre Town Recreation Departments. 
  • Several free art programs for young children aged 6 and under were held by Studio Palace Arts this summer thanks to a "Promise Grant."
  • 23 children aged 4-12 came to the Learn to Skateboard event June 24 at the Travis Mercy Skatepark in the Barre Town Rec Area. Click here for photo gallery.
  • Tennis lessons were held in June for beginner and intermediate players, youth and adults by Coach Kelly Cleveland.
  • Town Forest Fairy House Storytime was held Sat Jun 10. Organized by the Barre Town Forest Friends and the Aldrich Public Library. 
  • Spring into Summer Fest was held Sat Jun 3. Bounce house, face painting, B-Recs Sports Challenge, Hands on Big Rigs, bike safety check, and more were enjoyed by over 200 people.
 
FACILITY RESERVATIONS
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 offices@barretown.org 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 offices@barretown.org.
RECREATION SEASONS
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! 

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.