Parks & Recreation

Our Mission

Our mission is to serve the recreational needs of the community by offering lifelong learning through recreational and educational programming utilizing existing parks and facilities.

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.

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  • 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 Memorial 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
  • George Radcliffe Park
  • Meeting House Common Park
  • Dewey's Landing Park
  • Erwin 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


Kevin M. Stuart, Chair:
Michael Vanasse, Vice Chair:
Brett Mayfield, Recording Secretary:
Alison L. Childs, Member:
David M. Crocco, Jr., Member:
Michael Denmeade, Member:


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 2019 meeting schedule HERE.