Parks & Recreation


Town of Colchester Parks & Recreation Department Program Postponement & Cancellations

Effective immediately:

  • All programs offered by the Colchester Parks and Recreation are cancelled or postponed beginning March 16th through April 6th.  
  • The A.C.E. After School Programs at CMS, MBS, PPS & UMS will be closed as of Wednesday, March 18th. The earliest that the A.C.E. program could resume would be April 7th.
  • Colchester Youth Lacrosse (CYL) season start date will be delayed until further notice.
  • Colchester Playgroup held at the Colchester Meeting House is postponed until further notice.
  • The Winter Concert at CHS scheduled for March 27 is cancelled.

We recognize the disappointment and inconvenience this will cause our participants, families and everyone in our community. We appreciate your patience during this unprecedented time as we all navigate through this pandemic. We will continue to communicate any updates and/or changes to our programs, classes, and events. 

If you have questions, please call us at 802-264-5640 or email us.

UPDATE 3/19/20: Rec Staff Working Remote

Effective starting Thursday, March 19, 2020

Until further notice, office staff with the Colchester Parks & Recreation Department are working remotely.

We are available during the hours of 7:30am - 4:30pm, Monday - Friday, via email or phone. View our staff directory for contact info.  If you call a Town phone number for the Parks & Rec Dept., you will be connected to our staff.  Please feel free to contact us with any questions via phone or email.  We understand these are unprecedented times, and we appreciate your patience.

If you were registered for any programs through April, please check your email for updates on the status of your class. You can call or email us if you are not sure.  The Winter Concert (3/27) and Easter Egg Hunt (4/11) have been cancelled.

In an effort to encourage unity and keep our community engaged, programming staff are working on video projects that will be posted to our Facebook, Instagram/IGTV, YouTube, and webpage! Now is a great time to follow and/or subscribe to our pages so that you know when something new is posted!

Parks and Recreation’s main phone line is 264-5640 and general email is recreation@colchestervt.gov.

A.C.E. After School Open Enrollment - 2020/2021 School Year

Open Enrollment: DATE CHANGED

For the safety of our staff and residents, we will be altering the process for registering for the A.C.E. Before and After School program.

Registration will no longer occur on Monday, March 23.  Instead, we will move to a lottery system and postpone the deadline.  We ask that all families interested in registering for A.C.E. at any site to complete a registration form digitally, or scan your physical copy, and email it to Jenn Turmel at jturmel@colchestervt.gov. The deadline is Thursday, March 26 at 4:00 PM. All lottery submissions will be called by Friday, March 27 and informed of the status of their registration.  At this time, if you’ve received a spot in the program, you will need to provide a credit/debit card number to pay the registration fee and first-week deposit.

If you need a registration form, please see p. 10 of the Summer Guide, or visit the A.C.E. Page. You will also find links for 2020 – 2021 Tuition to help you calculate your first-week deposit.

We recognize the disappointment and inconvenience this may cause our participants, families and everyone in our community. We appreciate your patience during this unprecedented time as we all navigate through this pandemic. We will continue to communicate any updates and/or changes to our programs, classes, and events.

Contact: Jenn Turmel, jturmel@colchestervt.gov or 802-264-5643.

Register for Parks & Recreation Programs Online!

Register Online [Website]
If you need help with setting up your account for online registrations, view this document: Parks & Rec Online Account Instructions (PDF)

View the Program Registration Page for details and to view the current seasonal Activity Guide.

FULL PROGRAMS & CAMPS:

The following programs and summer camps are full and now taking waitlists:
  • Bone Builders [6/15 - 7/22]
  • Mission (almost) Impossible Camp [6/29 - 7/3]
  • Tremendous Tinkerers [7/20 - 7/24]
  • Discovering Drama A [7/20 - 7/24]
  • Out of the World: Space Camp [8/3 - 8/7]
  • Cooking Cadets A [8/3 - 8/7]
  • Cooking Cadets B [8/10 - 8/14]
  • Just Add H2O Camp [8/17 - 8/21]

JOB OPENINGS

  • The Colchester Parks Department is seeking a Seasonal Park Laborers (14 weeks) to perform general maintenance of all town parks, recreation areas, beaches, cemeteries, and municipal grounds.  Expected time frame is May - August 2020 and guarantees 40 hours/week.  Please view the job listing for employment requirements and details on how to apply.
  • The Colchester Parks & Recreation Department is seeking fun, responsible and caring Site Assistants to work in a creative, hands-on school-age environment for the A.C.E. After School Program for the 2019-2020 School Year.  This is a great opportunity to work with children in a dynamic, supportive, and fun environment.  We are specifically seeking Program Staff; applicants should possess a high school degree or higher. Please view the job listing for employment requirements and details on how to apply.

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To enhance the life of all Colchester residents by providing a variety of leisure time activities through exceptional programs, facilities, customer service, and leadership that exceeds community expectations.

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