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.
 
Announcements

  • Important changes to recreation. Following the ACCD guidelines for Outdoor Recreation leavingsiteicon:
    1. "Arrive, Play, Leave" - no congregating before or after activities.
    2. No restrooms are available at any town recreation facility. Limited port-o-lets are available.
    3. Carry a face covering and wear it when you pass someone.
    4. Carry hand sanitizer, a bandanna or gloves for if and when you must touch a shared surface, like a water fountain or the dog park gate.
    5. Bring your own water. At the Rec Area, the water spigots and the water fountain are NOT being disinfected. Avoid touching them with bare hands unless you have hand sanitizer with you.
    6. If you are sick or live with someone who is sick, do not use playground structures.
    7. No contact games like basketball games. Shooting hoops is ok.
    8. Pickleball: 3 nets available, up to 10 players allowed inside the fence at a time. Additional people may wait outside the fence.
    9. Tennis: 1 net available, up to 4 players allowed inside the fence at a time. Additional people may wait outside the fence.
    10. Picnic shelter at the Rec Area: The town manager's office will now consider new reservation requests for groups of 25 or less AND if the date is not within three days of an approved reservation. See picnic shelter reservations on the Recreation Calendar here
    11. Recreation facilities users who have been or live outside of Vermont must abide by Vermont's quarantine rules available here (under 'Lesiure Travel") leavingsiteicon.

  • Social-distancing friendly recreation facilities: The three town bike paths, the town forest trails and the school forest trails are good options if you need to exercise. Not sure where these options are? Click here for a Google Map leavingsiteicon.
  • When exercising, it’s a good idea to keep between 10 to 20 yards between you and people you don’t live with. The more strenuous the exercise, the further the distance. This is 5 to 10 times further away than the six feet social distancing rule for walking past someone like in a grocery store. This guideline is based on a Belgian-Dutch study you can read about hereleavingsiteicon. For you scientists out there, the researchers published a good Q&A about the study hereleavingsiteicon.
  • There is a dog leash law in Barre Town. This means that unless they are on property with the owner's permission to be off leash (such as your own property, or inside the Barre Town Community Dog Park), dogs must be physically restrained when out and about anywhere in town. This includes the Rec Area by the school, bike paths, the town forest, playgrounds, the Wilson Industrial Park, and the fields off of Pitman and Bolster Roads. Please also pick up after your dog. 
  • No Guided Town Forest Walks in 2020: For several years, a group of individuals have offered guided walks of the Barre Town Forest one or two days a week. Due to COVID-19, they have decided not to them this year.
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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. 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 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 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 Familiesleavingsiteicon 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 with the annual Egg Hunt jointly sponsored by the Barre Town and Barre City Recreation 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 Barreleavingsiteicon, 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 hereleavingsiteicon.