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.
*EVENTS and ACTIVITIES*
- Learn to Skateboard Sat Jun 22, 1-3pm, at the Travis Mercy Memorial Skateboard Park in the Barre Town Rec Area, 46 Websterville Rd. All ages welcome. You’ll need your own skateboard and other protective gear, but you’ll receive a new helmet courtesy of the Vermont Bicycle Shop. Contact Linda Mercy by June 20 for more info and to register at 479-3405. Click here for the flyer and more details.
- Would you like a nature guide through the Barre Town Forest? Every Tuesday morning June 4-Sep 24, Barre Town Forest Friend volunteer Marianne Kotch leads easy to moderate walks to explore various trails and lookouts. All ages welcome, and dogs on leashes too. All walks begin at 9am at the 44 Brook St. parking area for the town forest in Websterville and last approximately an hour and a half. Contact Marianne Kotch at 476-4185 for details.
- Now accepting reservations for this year's tennis lessons Jul 23-26 and Jul 29-Aug 2 via this reservation form. Registration is not yet open because tennis lessons will depend on the timing of the tennis court rehab project. And that timing is dependent on weather. We will update by July 1 those who reserve a spot. Questions? Contact us at (802)479-9331 or email@example.com.
- Registration now open for BASA Challenger Soccer Camp Aug 12-16. Click here for the flyer for more details.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com.
Spring: We welcome spring with the annual Egg Hunt jointly sponsored by the Barre Town and Barre City Recretaion Departments. During this season we walk, hike, mountain bike and birdwatch in the Town Forest and on our three bike paths. With a variety of trails rated from easy to hard, paved to backcountry, anyone can enjoy the Barre Town outdoors. An 18-hole golf course is available nearby at the Country Club of Barre, which has been rated one of the top five courses in Vermont which is available to non-members. If Disc Golf is more your thing, then visit the 18-hole Quarries Disc Golf Course, located in the Town Forest. This course is open year round except during deer hunting season. It is managed by volunteers. Follow The Quarries Disc Golf Course on Facebook here.
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.
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!