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  • COVID-19 and Hartford Parks & Recreation
    Updated: 4/1/2020 (New Updates in RED)

    Hartford Parks & Recreation is taking a number of precautionary measures to protect our patrons, volunteers, and staff, as we continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation.  We are working with local officials and the State of Vermont Health Officer for the Town of Hartford to make sure we are making the correct decisions regarding future programming and our facilities.  We are prepared to follow all directions provided by Vermont Health Officials and the CDC to help mitigate the spread of any virus.

    • Our public park locations will officially open April 1st. Many park access areas and trails remain open to the public.  High risk areas such as playgrounds, benches, picnic tables, enclosed ball fields, and enclosed playing courts will remain closed until further notice.
    • Do not use parks, trails, or open playing courts if you are exhibiting symptoms.
    • Follow CDC’s guidance on personal hygiene prior to visiting parks or trails.
    • Be prepared for limited access to public restrooms or water fountains.
    • Share the trail and warn other trail users of your presence and as you pass.
    • Observe CDC’s minimum recommended social distancing of 6’ from other persons at all times.
    Spring Sports and Spring activities are postponed until April 15th.
    At this time, we are not taking any program registrations.

    We will notify patrons as quickly as possible and will maintain communication as circumstances change related to Hartford Parks & Recreation programs, community activities and private permitted functions.    

    We encourage the community to get outside and recreate.  Fresh air is good and recreating with family  (by following all CDC social distancing guidelines and reviewing the chart below) will keep you active, healthy and your mind free and clear.   

    As weather permits, we will begin opening gated facilities and allowing vehicular access.  Many parks in our community have walkable access and open parking.  Though parks are closed for programming and maintenance operations, we ask you to please stay off surfaces that are wet and muddy as some forms of recreation play will damage the turf and grounds.  Additionally, please carry in and carry out any trash during your leisurely use. 

    IMPORTANT:  High risk areas such as playgrounds, benches, picnic tables, enclosed ball fields, and enclosed playing courts will remain closed until further notice.

    Refunds will be issued for canceled programs. For questions regarding refunds, please contact the rec office at 802-295-5036 or email

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Hartford Parks & Recreation

Our Program Guide for Spring/Summer 2020 is available!  Click on the front cover and you will be directed to all of our programs and offerings!



Hartford Parks & Recreation Department

171 Bridge Street, White River Junction, VT 05001
Office Phone
:(802) 295-5036
Department Contact Information:
Scott Hausler, CPRP,  Director - Email
Jay McDonough, CPRP, Superintendent of Recreation Programs - Email
Dylan Kreis, Parks & Facilities Superintendent - Email
Corey Kenison, Park Laborer, Mechanic
Anthony Gove, Park Laborer, Turf Crew Leader
Karen McNall, Administrative Assistant, Email

Processing Fee for Credit/Debit card purchases: ALL registrations completed with a credit or 
debit card will be charged a processing fee. The processing fee is calculated by using 3.5% of your total purchase. This processing fee will be applied as a separate charge during checkout. Online registration is here for your convenience; you can register for programs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from the comfort of your own home or mobile device.

General Refund Policy:
If you are dissatisfied with a program after the first session/class, you must submit a written explanation to Hartford Parks & Recreation prior to the second session/class to be eligible to receive a refund. Written explanation must be sent to In the event of an extended illness or injury, we must be notified immediately and we will issue a pro-rated refund. A medical and/or doctor explanation will be required.
Discounted amusement park tickets, discounted ski/snowboard tickets, one day programs, community events that involve ticket sales, and bus trips are non-refundable.
An effort will be made to schedule a make-up date if a class/program/game is canceled due to any causes beyond our control. If this is not possible, no partial refund will be provided.
Refunds will be applied as a Household credit unless otherwise requested. Processed refund requests, other than a Household Credit, will be charged a $5.00 cancellation fee. This does not apply to our Camp Ventures.

Camp Ventures Cancellation/Refund Policy:
Cancellations/refunds for Camp Ventures will be assessed a $25 fee per session. Cancellations must be made at least ten business days prior to each camp session’s start date. Cancellations made less than ten business days prior to session start date are non-refundable.
Full refunds (less credit card convenience fee (if applicable) will be issued for programs cancelled or altered by the Hartford Parks & Recreation Department.
Credit/Debit Card Convenience Fees: Applicable credit/debit card convenience fees are non-refundable.
Refunds may take three to four weeks to process. No cash refunds.