575 Dorset Street
So. Burlington VT 05403

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802-846-4108
recreation@sburl.com

Parks



VETERANS MEMORIAL PARK

Swift Street Extension

The 70 acre city park provides active recreational activities in the heart of the city. Consisting of many amenities the park is very active year round. Open space allows for temporary fields for lacrosse, soccer, and a variety of other activities. The park has the best wind and open space for flying kites. The Dorset Athletic Fields at the park are permitted fields and open space for organized groups. To request use please print and complete the Facility Request Form under the Quick Links to the left.

AMENITIES:

Veterans Memorial- Pathway of Honor
Bandshell
Pavilion
Picnic Area
Playground
2 Regulation Soccer Fields
2 Youth & 1 Regulation Baseball Fields
2 Outdoor Basketball Courts
Outdoor In-Line Skate & Hockey Courts
Access to Rec. Path & Pedestrian Trails
Parking
Restrooms

 

Directions to Veterans Memorial Park

From I-89 - Take exit 14E and take first right off exit onto Dorset Street (at CVS). Proceed straight through seven sets of lights and take a left at the 8th light onto Swift St. Extension. Take first left into Veterans Memorial Park.

From Rte. 7 - Take I-189 exit in South Burlington to Dorset Street exit. Turn right at first traffic light onto Dorset Street and take a left at the next traffic light onto Swift Street Extension. Take first left into Veterans Memorial Park.

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COMMUNITY DOG PARK

Kirby Road


Come visit the beautiful 2.1 acre Dog Park with your canine friend! The park features a separate area for small dogs. The park is surrounded by a 5ft tall fence and includes several picnic tables. The park is open year round, everyday from 7am-dusk. The South Burlington Community Dog Park was developed in 2010 to the latest in Dog Park standards.  The land on which it sits was provided as a part of a lease agreement with the Burlington International Airport at no cost and the facility was built using Recreation Impact Fees.

AMENITIES:

  2 Acres of Fenced in Area
  Separate Large & Small Dog Areas
  Shaded Area
  Water
  Parking

 

Please see the links below for a more detailed listing of the rules as well as
a link with information on how to become a “Friend of the Dog Park”.


How to become a "Friend of the Dog Park"

Dog Park Rules

City Animal Control Ordinance



Dog Park T-shirts are on
Sale at the Recreation Office

$10 each
All proceeds benefit the dog park

Adult and Youth sizes available

 

 

 

Directions to the Community Dog Park

From I-89 - Take exit 14E and go straight onto Williston Road. At the third traffic light turn left onto White Street. Continue straight after the stop sign to the next stop sign. Turn left onto Airport Parkway. Continue straight to second right- Kirby Road. Turn right onto Kirby Road, Dog Park is at the end on the right.

From Rte. 7 - Take I-189 exit in South Burlington to Dorset Street exit. Continue straight at traffic light onto Kennedy Drive. Follow to third traffic light at Williston Road. Go straight onto Airport Drive. Follow to end and turn left onto White Street. At Stop Sign turn onto Airport Parkway. Continue straight to second right- Kirby Road. Turn right onto Kirby Road, Dog Park is at the end on the right.

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OVERLOOK PARK

Spear Street

The 1.7 acre park located on the west side of Spear Street is known for its scenic views of Lake Champlain and the Adirondack Mountains. A great spot to watch the sunset or talk a walk on the Rec. Path.

AMENITIES:

  Scenic Views of Lake Champlain
  Scenic Views of Adirondack Mountains
  Informational Marker
  Access to Rec. Path
  Parking

 

Directions to Overlook Park

From I-89 - Take exit 13 to I-189, at Shelburne Road turn left and stay in the left hand lane. At the traffic light turn left onto Swift Street. At the second traffic light, stay in the right hand lane and turn right onto Spear Street. About a mile on the right will be the entrance to the park.

From Rte. 7 - at the traffic light near Denny's, turn onto Swift Street. At the second traffic light, stay in the right hand lane and turn right onto Spear Street. About a mile on the right will be the entrance to the park.

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RED ROCKS PARK

Central Avenue

This 100 acre park is open for use year round and parking outside the main gate is allowed from mid-June through mid-August. Summer hours are 9:00am-7:00pm daily. In the summer parking is allowed only inside the park’s designated parking areas during the operating hours, cars will be ticketed and towed if parked outside. Season and daily parking passes are sold at the park entrance only. Pass fees are listed below. There is several miles of trails for hiking, jogging, snow shoeing, and cross country skiing.

For the Safety of Others, NO BIKES are allowed on the Pedestrian Trails

The beach includes a designated swimming area and restrooms which are open from 12:00-6:00pm daily during the summer. The beach is open to the general public. A daily or season park pass is needed for parking.

There is NO lifeguarding provided at the beach

AMENITIES:

 
700 Feet of Waterfront
 
SEASON PASS
 
Designated Swimming Area
 
Resident- $10.00
 
Picnic Area w/small Gazebo
 
Non-Resident- $25.00
 
2.5 Miles of Pedestrian Trails
 
 
Scenic Overlooks
 
DAILY PASS
 
Access to the Rec. Path
 
Resident- $5.00
 
Parking
 
Non-Resident- $8.00
 
Restrooms & Changing Areas
 


Click on the links below for a Trails Map or to check
the Water Quality during the Summer

Red Rocks Trail Map

Water Quality at the Beach


"DOG ORDINANCE" IN EFFECT AT RED ROCKS
Under the "Leash Law" enacted by the City Council,
all dog owners MUST have their dog on a leash- (6 foot max.) at all times within the boundaries of Red Rocks Park & trails. Dogs are prohibited at the public beach and in the water at Red Rocks. Owners in violation will be subject to a fine as outlined in the ordinance.

 

Red Rocks News

Red Rocks Park Management Study- May 1, 2013- Click to view study

Red Rocks Management Plan- 2014- Click Here



Directions to Red Rocks Park

From I-89 - Take exit 13 onto I-189 at the end I-189 take a left onto Route 7. Stay in the right hand lane and take second right onto Queen City Park Road. At Stop Sign, take a right and continue to one lane bridge. Just after the bridge take a left onto Central Ave. Park entrance is 100 yards on your right.



JAYCEE PARK

Patchen Road

The 6.9 acre park is very active with both neighborhood and city wide activities. Jaycee Park is a permitted park for the fields and open space to organized groups. To request use please print and complete the Facility Request Form under the Quick Links to the left.

AMENITIES:

 
1 Lighted Baseball/Softball Field
 
2 Basketball Courts
 
Small Pavilion w/ Picnic Area
 
Playground
 
Open Space
 
Parking


Directions to the Jaycee Park

From I-89 - Take exit 14E and go straight onto Williston Road. At the third traffic light turn left onto White Street. At the stop sign, turn left onto Patchen Road. The park entrance is on the left about 200 yards.

From Rte. 7 - Take I-189 exit in South Burlington to Dorset Street exit. Continue straight at traffic light onto Kenndey Drive. Follow to third traffic light at Williston Road. Go straight onto Airport Drive. Follow to end and turn left onto White Street, continue to second stop sign and turn right onto Patchen Road. The park entrance is on the left about 200 yards.

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FARRELL PARK


Farrell Street

The 22 acre park is a great location to catch a baseball game in the spring, a football game in the fall, and jump on the Rec. Path right from the parking lot in the summer. Your family can enjoy the playground while having a picnic or take a walk in the woods on the pedestrian trails. Farrell Park is a permitted park for the fields and open space to organized groups. To request use please print and complete the Facility Request Form under the Quick Links to the left.

AMENITIES:

  2 Baseball Fields
  Open Field Space
  Playground
  Picnic Area
  Access to Rec. Path & Pedestrian Trails
  Parking

 

Directions to the Farrell Park

From I-89 - Take exit 13 to I-189, at Shelburne Road turn left and stay in the left hand lane. At the traffic light turn left onto Swift Street. At the next traffic light the entrance to the park is on the right just after the traffic light.

From Rte. 7 - at the traffic light near Denny's, turn onto Swift Street. At the next traffic light the entrance to the park is on the right just after the traffic light.

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SZYMANSKI PARK

Andrews Avenue

The 20 acre park located in the south end of the city has many amenities to offer, something for all ages. Children can play on the playground while teens shoot hops on the basketball court and parents try their hand at tennis. The tennis courts are also lined for Pickle Ball. Szymanski Park is a permitted park for the fields and open space to organized groups. To request use please print and complete the Facility Request Form under the Quick Links to the left.

AMENITIES:

  Basketball Court
  2 Lighted Tennis Courts
  Pickle Ball Lines on Tennis Courts
  Open Field Space
  Playground
  Picnic Area
  Access to Rec. Path & Pedestrian Trails
  Parking

 

Directions to Szymanski Park

From I-89 - Take exit 13 to I-189, at Shelburne Road turn left, stay straight through 5 traffic lights. Just pass fifth traffic light, take first left onto Imperial Drive. Take first left onto Worth Street and then right onto Andrews Avenue. Follow to the end, you are now in the parking area for the park.

From Rte. 7 - South- just past the McDonald's, take first left onto Imperial Drive. Take first left onto Worth Street and then right onto Andrews Avenue. Follow to the end, you are now in the parking area for the park.

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The Homestead at Wheeler Nature Park

Dorset Street

The Homestead of Wheeler Nature Park is located in the northwest section and possesses much of the historical and cultural significance to The Park. It is currently comprised of a brick building and includes approximately 11-14 acres of land.  Included within this parcel are the Community Garden plots for South Burlington citizen use.  The land showcases several unique and educational garden themes. The City’s vision for this parcel has been to maintain it as a resource for the community to engage in natural, ecologically based activities. 

AMENITIES:

  Community Gardens
  Tree Nursey
  Specialty Gardens
  Wheeler House
  Access to Rec. Path & Pedestrian Trails
  Parking

 

Directions to The Homestead

From I-89 - Take exit 14E and take first right off exit onto Dorset Street. Proceed straight through eight sets of lights and take your next left, across the Rec. Path.

From Rte. 7 - Take I-189 exit in South Burlington to Dorset Street exit. Turn right at first traffic light onto Dorset Street. Follow up the hill and at the next traffic light, continue straight thru and and take the next left, across the Rec. Path.


RED ROCKS PARK


Central Avenue

This 100 acre park is open for use year round and parking outside the main gate is allowed from mid August through mid June. Summer hours are 9:00am-7:00pm daily, mid June through mid August. In the summer parking is allowed only inside the park’s designated parking areas during the operating hours, cars will be ticketed and towed if parked outside. Season and daily parking passes are sold at the park entrance only. Pass fees are listed below. There is several miles of trails for hiking, jogging, snow shoeing, and cross country skiing.

For the Safety of Others, NO BIKES are allowed on the Pedestrian Trails

The 700 feet of public beach includes a designated swimming area and restrooms which are open from 12:00-6:00pm daily during the summer. The beach is open to the general public. A daily or season park pass is needed for parking.

There is NO lifeguarding provided at the beach

AMENITIES:

 
700 Feet of Waterfront
 
SEASON PASS
 
Designated Swimming Area
 
Resident- $10.00
 
Picnic Area w/small Gazebo
 
Non-Resident- $25.00
 
2.5 Miles of Pedestrian Trails
 
 
Scenic Overlooks
 
DAILY PASS
 
Access to the Rec. Path
 
Resident- $5.00
 
Parking
 
Non-Resident- $8.00
 
Restrooms & Changing Areas
 


Click on the links below for a Trails Map or to check
the Water Quality during the Summer

Red Rocks Trail Map

Water Quality at the Beach


"DOG ORDINANCE" IN EFFECT AT RED ROCKS
Under the "Leash Law" enacted by the City Council,
all dog owners MUST have their dog on a leash- (6 foot max.) at all times within the boundaries of Red Rocks Park & trails. Dogs are prohibited at the public beach and in the water at Red Rocks. Owners in violation will be subject to a fine as outlined in the ordinance.

Red Rocks News

Red Rocks Park Management Study- May 1, 2013- Click to view study

Red Rocks Management Plan- 2014- Click Here


Directions to Red Rocks Park

From I-89 - Take exit 13 onto I-189 at the end I-189 take a left onto Route 7. Stay in the right hand lane and take second right onto Queen City Park Road. At Stop Sign, take a right and continue to one lane bridge. Just after the bridge take a left onto Central Ave. Park entrance is 100 yards on your right.

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WHEELER NATURE PARK

Swift Street Extension

The 140 acre park is undeveloped, but has pedestrian trails for hiking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. There are several scenic areas along the trails. Currently the old Calkins House at Wheeler Nature Park houses Common Roots and The Friends of the Library. There are community garden plots for rent during the growing season. A great place for a family picnic.

Wheeler Nature Park Interpretive Trail Map

Wheeler Nature Park Kids Guide

Wheeler Nature Park Animal Tracks Guide

Wheeler Nature Park Invasive Species

AMENITIES:

  Hiking Trails
  Scenic Views
  Parking

 

Directions to Wheeler Nature Park

From I-89 - Take exit 14E and take first right off exit onto Dorset Street (at Friendly’s). Proceed straight through seven sets of lights and take a left at the 8th light onto Swift St. Extension. Park in first parking lot on the right.

From Rte. 7 - Take I-189 exit in South Burlington to Dorset Street exit. Turn right at first traffic light onto Dorset Street and take a left at the next traffic light onto Swift Street Extension. Park in first parking lot on the right.

 


REC. PATH

We currently have over 20 miles of Recreation Path in South Burlington.


REC. PATH COMMITTEE MEDIA OUTREACH-
For articles Click Here

Maps of the Rec. Path: Print a map from one of the links below

On-Line- Rec. Path Map on Local Motion site


Official City Map of Recreation Paths, Trails & Bike Lanes
As contained in the present draft of the comprehensive plan being reviewed and needing final approval by the planning commission and city council.


The South Burlington Recreation Path began as an idea that developed into a large grass roots citizen`s organization. A few friends gathered in the winter of 1989 to discuss how there could be a safe off-road community path that might connect South Burlington`s parks, schools, and neighborhoods. Burlington`s bike path and Stowe`s Recreation Path were used as models. A survey indicated strong support and a volunteer committee was formed. This committee first convinced the City Council and Planning Commission that a path was possible and then proceeded to coordinate all aspects of the development. Landowner negotiations, fundraising, and public education were ongoing for three years. Voters approved a bond in May 1990 for $400,000 to construct Phase I (4.3 miles). A Land and Water Conservation Fund Grant of $69,000 was awarded in November 1990 to build Phase II (1.5 miles), and an Agency of Transportation Grant of $613,000 was awarded in March 1992 to build Phase III (2.2 miles). More than 500 other individuals, groups, and businesses donated additional funds to help build this path. Over 100 volunteers have served on the committee since its beginning. Landowners generously donated rights-of-way so the path could cross their property.
The South Burlington Recreation Path has truly been a community team effort and everyone should be proud of the results. There is still more that can be built within South Burlington and many connections to be made to neighboring communities. The path currently connects to the Burlington Bike Path system.

 

 

AMENITIES:

Amenities
Veterans
Memorial
Park
Overlook
Park
Red
Rocks
Wheeler
Nature
Jaycee
Park
Farrell
Park
Szymanski
Park
High
School
Access to Rec. Path
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Walking Trails
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Playground
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Pavilion
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Bandshell
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Picnic Area
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Barbecue Grills
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Scenic Views
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Open Space Fields
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Basketball Courts
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Lighted Tennis Courts
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Baseball Fields
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Softball Field
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Soccer Fields
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In-Line Skating Court
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Beach/Swimming Area
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Ski/Snowshoeing Trails
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Restrooms
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Meeting Room
Parking Area
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Community Dog Park- Fenced in Dog Park, Small Dog Area, Picnic Tables, Double Gate Entrance, Water, Bags, 5 foot fence.

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