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*
- Outoor Pickleball now available at the Barre Town Rec Area tennis courts. When not already in use by tennis players, two of the four nets can be lowered to pickleball height. Click here for the instructions. The blue lines painted on three courts show the pickleball boundaries. Enjoy!
- Dog Park use reminders: The Town of Barre Community Dog Park, organized by volunteers, is now ready for use! Remember to keep your dog leashed from the Rec Area gate until the outer gate of the dog park is latched behind you and your dog. Pick up after your dog inside and outside the park - Mutt Mitt stations and trash cans are at each end of the Recreation Access Road and the bike path. Please do NOT walk your dog in the school playground.
- Nature Walks with the Barre Town Forest Friends Jun-Sep. Every Tuesday starting June 5 and every other Sunday starting June 10, Barre Town Forest Friends volunteers lead easy to moderate walks through the town forest. Meet at 9am at the 44 Brook Street parking area. Walks are about an hour and a half. Dogs on leashes welcome. If it’s raining enough for an umbrella, the walk will be canceled. For more details contact Marianne Kotch at 476-4185.
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.
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 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!
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.