The Recreation Department provides a wide array of sports camps during the summer which include soccer, basketball, and tennis, and also other programs including children’s summer program, and swimming lessons at the Town’s pool. Copies of the Chester Summer Recreation Program are available late spring which includes specific information concerning dates, times, and fees for each activity. The Department oversees of the pool when open and adult swim hours are available during the summer. Sports such as baseball, softball, basketball, soccer, and flag football are also offered. Information concerning these programs can be obtained from this web site or from the Town Office.
Registrations for the winter programs will be from Monday, October 30th – Friday, November 10th. HOURS: Monday through Friday 8AM-4PM at Chester Town Hall. You can also pick up registration forms at CAES. COST: Basketball Registration fee is $25 for Grades 1 and 2 & $30 for grades 3-6. Take off $5 for each additional child. 1st/2nd GRADE BASKETBALL: This program will meet 1-2 times a week throughout the winter starting in December. There may be some games vs other towns. 3rd/4th GRADE BASKETBALL: Boys and Girls Basketball for this age group will have practices/games 2-3 times a week during the season. 5th/6th GRADE BASKETBALL: Boys and Girls Basketball for this age group will have practices/games 2-3 times a week during the season. “MINI CHIEFS”GIRLS AND BOYS BASKETBALL CLINICS: Date/time TBD
START SMART: This is for boys & girls ages 3-5 (not in Kindergarten). This is designed to introduce children to the FUNdamentals of a variety of sports possibly including soccer, basketball, baseball & yoga. Each evening your child will play a different sport. Let your child experiment in a fun, non-competitive atmosphere. at CAES. Cost is $10. Dates Thursday’s: November 7, 14 & 21. 5:15-6pm GYMNASTICS: Kyla White from Dreamz in Motion will teach; explore tumbling, bars, intro to vault and so much more!! Ages 4-8 Tuesday evenings 5-6pm starting October 29th. Other classes-Nov. 5th, 12th & 19th at CAES. Cost is $40 per participant OPEN GYMS: We will be starting open gyms at CAES at the end of Oct. and they will continue through the winter.
ADULT CLASSES ZUMBA: Licensed Zumba Instructor, Alysia Redfield will continue doing Zumba on Saturday mornings at Chester Town Hall. It will be from 9:15-10am. Come out and party with us and you don’t even have to know how to dance. Fitness with some exciting Latin moves. Cost is $80 for a 10 class punch card or a $12 drop in fee. Please call Alysia for more information: 885-6540. WEIGHT ROOM: The Recreation Dept. will once again have open weight room hours . Please contact me for more details. WINTER CARNIVAL: The Winter Carnival will be Friday, February 14th through Sunday, February 16th. Events and times will be announced. FOLK DANCING: Friday’s at Town Hall. Please contact Melissa for more information (802) 875-4102 or email @ email@example.com Matthew A. McCarthy
The Chester Town Trails - Lost Mine and Butternut Hill Trails located in the Chester Town Forest are a great place to go hiking. The parking area and trail-heads are easy to find by following Route 11 West out of Chester. Take a right at the Stone Hearth Inn, 698 VT Route 11 West, to access the trial -heads.
For the Butternut Trail, follow Reservoir Road 1.8 miles to take a right onto Lovers Lane. The trial -head can be found 400 Feet up on the right.
For the Lost Mine Trial, follow Reservoir Road .9 miles to take a right onto Water Farm Road. The trial-head can be found .3 miles up on the right.
The Green Mountain Nature Trail is a 1.8 mile loop trail that traverses through a 160 acre forest adjacent to Green Mountain Union High School (GMUHS). The trail offers a moderate hike that winds and climbs through beautiful evergreen and hardwood forests. The trail also features a large glacial boulder, stone walls, a wooden footbridge, rock culverts and views of the South Branch Williams River. The trail is used year-round by school and community members (Please note that the trail is not accessible to the public when school is in session. School hours are Sept-June from 7:00 am-4:00 pm) for hiking, running, birding, orienteering and snowshoeing. The trail-head is located behind GMUHS and can be accessed by crossing the narrow, wooden footbridge (near the lower soccer field) and looking for the trail-head marker on the left . See map here for more details- Green Mountain Nature Trail Map
Chester, VT has a 9 hole Disc Golf course located on Lovers Lane Road near the Town Pool. The course is mapped out along the woods and the surrounding area. The Chester Disc Golf Course is a challenging 9 hole course with multiple tee boxes (for beginner and advanced players), DB-3 baskets with inner chains and good signage. The course is mostly played in the woods with lots of trees in play. Free. For more information and to see upcoming events and tournaments please visit their Facebook page.
Pinnacle Picnic Pavilion Renovation This spring the small wooden building near the top of the Pinnacle sledding hill was restored and repurposed into a community picnic pavilion. The original structure, built in 1972, was used as a warming hut for skiers and to house the motor that operated the ski tow rope. Situated within the Chester Disc Golf Course, the pavilion now includes two picnic tables and features a great view of Chester and the surrounding valley. The building renovation was made possible through a Recreation Facilities grant the Town received from the Vermont Department of Buildings and General Services. The community is encouraged to make the short hike up the hill and check out this great new Town asset – the view alone is worth the trip.