The South Burlington Rec Path provides more than 20 miles of paths connecting South Burlington parks, schools, and neighborhoods, to each other and additional towns’ paths, and with more to be built in the future. A grass roots effort made way for multiple grants that helped to fund the development of the Path. It is used for walking, running, biking, and winter snowshoeing, as are the wooded hiking trails that veer off and back onto the route. A great trail summary can be found on Local Motion’s site here.
The 70-Acre Dorset Park, located on the Swift Street Extension directly across from Cairns Ice Hockey Rink, offers year-round activity and amenities. A playground, picnic tables, and restrooms provide a convenient play space. Baseball/lacrosse/soccer fields are heavily utilized, as well as outdoor basketball courts, in-line skate, and hockey courts. Access to pedestrian trails is plus, as well as the concert pavilion – a special amenity, frequented for the Summer Concert Series picnics. You’ll also hear its reputation for fabulous kite-flying.
From the Community Dog Park to Red Rocks, and Overlook Park, residents have several choices for outdoor time. The Community Dog Park offers over 2 acres of fenced area (including a separate area for small dogs), complete with plenty of picnic tables from which to watch your canine friends. Overlook offers scenic views across Lake Champlain and the Adirondacks, with access to a recreational path. Red Rocks is a favorite, with 700 feet of waterfront, designated swimming area, picnic area, and gazebo, pedestrian trails, scenic overlooks, plenty of parking and restrooms. Red Rocks is not to be missed for a summer adventure. Of course, you’ll find several smaller community parks with playgrounds, to basketball courts, tennis courts, baseball fields to community gardens, including Jaycee, Farrell, Szymanski, and Wheeler. You will find information on each of these on the Town’s website.
The C. Douglas Cairns Recreation Arena is home to Saint Michaels College Ice Hockey program, as it is to many local High Schools, and leagues. With two indoor NHL sized Ice rinks, the arena is a busy place for ice sports. Cairns also offers public skating, Stick and Puck time, and skating lessons.
Vermont National Country Club, located on Dorset Street is an accessible escape. The Course is one of a kind in New England - an 18-hole Jack Nicklaus signature Design championship course, making it both a challenge and pleasure for the golf lover since 1997. It is situated on over 400 acres of beautiful Vermont countryside with a backdrop of Adirondack and Green Mountain views and situated amongst some of Vermont’s most desirable real estate. The club is a private facility offering a variety of membership levels, some of which include family use of the course, pool, tennis courts, and clubhouse restaurants. Vermont National has proven to be a wonderful spot for events including weddings, luncheons, and socials.