To enhance the quality of life by providing diverse recreational and healthy lifestyle opportunities while maintaining the integrity of area parks and the surrounding environment.
The Fairfax Parks & Recreation Department is a municipal organization in the town of Fairfax. The Department has a full time Director, Colin Santee, and a part time Maintenance employee, Adam Morgan.
In addition to the two employees, there is a volunteer Recreation Committee that advises, and provides opportunity for community input regarding the direction of the Parks & Recreation Department. The committee is made up off six adults and one youth member, all of whom are Fairfax residents. The Advisory Board members serve staggered 1, 2, or 3 year terms. Officers are elected to the Advisory Board on a yearly basis. The committee meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 7pm in the Fairfax Town Offices.
Recreation Committee Members
Tom Fontaine (Select board Liaison)
Cathy Larsson (Chair)
MaryKay Raymond (Vice-chair)
The Fairfax Community Park Committee was formed in 1994. It examined a variety of projects, including purchasing and developing a community park. In 2002, the Committee received a Land and Water Conservation Funds (LWCF) grant to construct a Community Park and Recreation Path on 20.5 acres that was owned by the Town along the Lamoille River. The Community Park Committee led to creation of the Fairfax Parks and Recreation Department in 2004.
As the result of over 17 years of effort, the Fairfax Community Park and Recreation Path went from a community vision to reality when it was completed in 2006. The park & path have been a focal point for years. There has been land purchases, archeological studies, community forums and committees, engineering, steering committee work, community and state administration collaboration and much fundraising. The committee still plans to expand the park to accommodate additional features like a restroom facility, storage area and outdoor pavilion.
The department Director works closely with the BFA Fairfax and other groups throughout the community to help facilitate community wide recreation, health, and wellness opportunities.
The Recreation and Parks Department does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, or disabling condition in employment opportunities or in the provision of parks and recreation service.