Parks & Recreation

Our Mission

To serve the needs of the community through quality parks and facilities, and by offering life long learning through recreational and cultural programs

Our Commitment to Quality

Your satisfaction is our goal. We strive to provide you with high-quality recreational programs and we take pride in making your recreational experience and enjoyable one. Please fill out an evaluation form for a specific course to share your concerns and suggestions for improvement.

Community Wide Survey

The Hartford Parks & Recreation Department would like to know how we are doing.  As a citizen of the Town, we value your input and ask that you take a few minutes to complete an important community wide survey.  The survey will assist in determining citizen needs, usage and priorities for the parks and recreation system, including but not limited to park and recreation facilities, teenage, senior citizen and young adult to middle age recreation and leisure programming within the Hartford community.

The multiple choice survey is just over 30 questions and shouldn’t take more than 10 minutes to complete.

Here is the survey link:

Thank you for taking the time to complete our survey.  We look forward to sharing the results with you.

View and Register for Activities Online!
Visit us at to take advantage of our new online features!
  •  Register for programs and pay on-line with your credit card.
  • View program descriptions, registration information 
  • Access to your family schedules right at your fingertips. 
  • Sign up for announcements and alerts.
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Dog Leash Law

Effective Friday, June 13, 2014 all dogs must be on a leash in the following Town Parks:
  • Kilowatt North Park
  • Kilowatt South Park (off-leash designated area in this park)
  • Quechee Green Park (off-leash designated area in this park)
  • Watson park (off-leash designated area in this park)
  • Hurricane Wildlife Refuge Park (off-leash is allowed in the Town Forest)
  • Frost Park
  • Lyman Point Park
  • Veterans Memorial Park
  • Fred Briggs Park
  • Radcliffe Park
  • Meeting House Common Park
  • Dewey's Landing Park
  • Clifford Park
Per Town of Hartford Parks Ordinance adopted by the Hartford Selectboard April 15, 2014
Quechee Green Park off-leash in cooperation with the QLLA.

Volunteers Needed

We are in need of volunteers for fall and winter programs. Apply by filling out and sending in the volunteer application. You can obtain one at the recreation office or apply here.

Have a New Program Idea?

Do you have an idea that would make a great program or would like to see a new program offered in your community? If so, please do not be afraid to let us know about it! Please contact Jay McDonough at the Hartford Parks and Recreation Department at 802-295-5036 or or by email to share your idea!

Parks & Recreation Commission


  • Brett Mayfield, Vice Chair
  • Alison Hannigan
  • Cassidy Neal
  • MIchael Vanasse
  • Abagail Barman
  • Kevin M. Stuart
  • Vacant position


The Parks and Recreation Commission is regularly scheduled to meet on the 2nd Thursday of each month at the Hartford Municipal Building at 5:30 pm.

These meetings are open to the public and input is always welcome.

View the 2017 meeting schedule (PDF).