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.
 
*GOING ON THIS WINTER*

EVENTS
  1. Guided Snowshoe Tours in the Town Forest three Saturdays this winter: Feb 4th, Feb 25th, (already past), and Mar 4th, 1:00pm-3:00pm. Bring your own snowshoes and be sure to dress for the weather. Please, no pets.
  2. The 19th Annual Freezing Fun for Families (FFF) softball tournament was held Feb 24-26 at the Barre Town Rec Area. Each year, FFF raises over $20,000 to help Vermont families that have a child facing a serious illness. This year’s beneficiaries are Jaelyn Huckins (age 10) of Barre, who is fighting Osteosarcoma, and Carissa Francis (age 3) of Colchester and Fletcher, who is battling a Stage IV Metastatic Wilms Tumor. For more information visit their website at www.freezingfunforfamilies.com.
  3. Almost 100 people came to the Barre Town Rec Board's free Sledding Party on Feb 12 at the new Barre Town Sledding Hillbehind the Municipal Offices. The Barre Town Thunder Chickens groomed the hill for sledding. The Vermont Bicycle Shop provided fat bikes and Stiga Sleds for people to try for free. Fire pits, hot cocoa, marshmallows rounded out the fun. Photos on the Barre Town Recreation Facebook page here
  4. 17th annual Poker Run and Pulled Pork & Chicken Dinner Fundraiser for the Barre Town Travis Mercy Skatepark was held Sat. Feb 4th. Thank you to everyone who came out, bid out silent auction items, bought raffle tickets, and bought poker hands.
WINTER RECREATION
  1. Indoor Pickle Ball Sundays 4-6pm in the Barre Town School. Hosted by the Town of Barre Recreation Board, January 15th through March 19th. Pickle Ball is a fast paced game that resembles tennis, badminton and ping pong which is played on a court similar to tennis. Three courts, rackets, instructors, and experienced players will be available. Wear comfortable clothing and sneakers, and bring a water bottle.
  2. Play winter disc golf at The Quarries Disc Golf Course in the Town Forest! Park at the 44 Brook St. parking area in Websterville, VT 05678 to access the 18-hole course. Information about the course and how to play is posted at the kiosk.
  3. New Barre Town Sledding Hill behind the Town Offices is open to the public! Groomed for small and big kids. Park at the Town of Barre Offices at 149 Websterville Rd. 
  4. New snowshoe/XC groomed trails for beginners: This year, Millstone Trails Association is grooming more options in Barre Town for low-key snowshoers and XC skiers: the Millstone Hill West bike path (by the Barre Town School), and two short loops in the Barre Town Rec Area. These gentle trails are great for beginners and for when anyone wants to get out but not go all out. Visit the MTA website to find out what the trail conditions are before you head out: www.millstonetrails.com/trail-conditions.
  5. Groomed trails in the Town Forest: As in previous winters, Millstone Trails Association (MTA) is also grooming loops in the Town Forest for XC skiing, snowshoeing, and fat biking this winter. The trails go over varied terrain and three different loops are possible when conditions are favorable. To access the groomed trails, park at either Town Forest parking lot, at 44 Brook St., or the end of Barclay Rd. Please keep clear of the northeast corner of the Barre Town Forest until logging is finished. This is the area near the intersection of Donahue and Littlejohn Roads. The conclusion of logging will be announced here and on Front Porch Forum.
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
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. 

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.