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.
 
*SPRING into SUMMER*
  
Ongoing
  • Art programs for young children aged 6 and under! Thanks to a "Promise Grant," several FREE art classes for young children will be held by Studio Palace Arts this summer beginning June 17. For more information, click here for the flyer or contact Studio Place Arts at 479-7069.
  • 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.
  • The Town of Barre offers swim lesson reimbursements of up to $25 to encourage our youngest citizens to learn to swim. Click on the link for the form and instructions. Remember that swimming in the quarries is prohibited.
Special Events
  • Register by Wed Jun 21 for Learn to Skateboard, Fri Jun 23, 1-3pm at the Travis Mercy Skatepark at the Barre Town Rec Area. Open to all ages. Register by June 21. Free! For more information, click here for the flyer.
  • Tennis lessons are being held June 20-23 and June 27-30 for beginner and intermediate players, youth and adults by Coach Kelly Cleveland.
  • Summer Youth Track is underway from Mon Jun 19 through Thu July 27, 2017, 5:30pm-6;30pm. The Vermont Recreation and Parks Association Track Meet is on Sat Jul 29, 2017. Co-sponsored by the Barre City and Barre Town Recreation Departments. 
  • 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.
  • The Annual Egg Hunt was held Sat Apr 15 at Barre City’s Rotary Park near the Barre City Elementary and Middle School in partnership with the Barre City Recreation Department for children 3 to 10 years of age. 
 
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
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!