Green Up Day in Fairfax!

This Saturday (May 6th) marks Vermont’s 47th annual Green Up Day!

With over 22,000 participants across this state, this Vermont tradition plays a key role in keeping our roadsides clean.  Established in 1970 by Governor Davis, this event is now coordinated by volunteers in every Vermont town.  This year, volunteers are expected to remove over 5000 tires and between 200 and 300 tons of litter!  Green Up Day is a true expression of what life in Vermont is all about.

When you are out picking up litter, there are some easy ways you can stay safe this Green Up Day.  Keep in mind these simple steps in order to avoid some common headaches.

  • It’s tick season! Wear long sleeves and pants if you’ll be picking up litter in the brush.  It’s always a good idea to check yourself, your kids, and your pets after spending time outside.
  • Remember your gloves! Do not touch dangerous stuff! If something looks questionable, it’s safest not to take the risk.  Avoid any; bottles with separated liquids or strong odors, chemical cleaning agents, and any medical supplies.
  • Make yourself visible! Wear bright color clothing so you’ll be easy to spot by motorists and other volunteers.
  • Don’t leave bags in the road!  The Fairfax Highway Department has volunteered to help pick up the bags on Monday, May 8th.  After you’ve filled a bag, leave it on the shoulder of the road, out of the lane of travel.  You can leave tires and other large items next to bags, so don’t worry about trying to stuff them too full!

If you keep these simple tips in mind, you should have a great time helping make our community a better place!

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Green Up Day facts/stats
Safety Tips & More Tips
Tick Tips

10th Annual Tree Lighting Extravaganza!

Hey Everybody!

Join us at the Fairfax Community Center on Saturday, December 10th as we welcome the holiday season.  This is our 10th annual Tree Lighting event, and we are more excited than ever!

Join us this Saturday for our 10th Annual Tree Lighting Extravaganza! Lot's of stuff going on, and as always, 100% free! #FairfaxVT

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As always, this event is 100% free thanks to the help and generosity of a few local businesses.  Dusty Trail Realty, Rainville’s Collision & Repair, and Northern Mountain Associates provide more than just financial support for this event every year, and it wouldn’t be possible without them!  The next time you see Ann, Mark, or Nate, make sure you thank them!

Activities Include:
-FFW Band Holiday Concert
-Photo with Santa
-Holiday craft for all ages
-Winter Hay Rides
-Free cookies & Hot Cocoa
-S.D. Ireland Decorated Mixer

And something new this year…
-Send a holiday message to recently deployed VTANG members

The event starts at 4pm, but we won’t turn the tree on until just after 5pm.

Hope to see you there!

-Colin S.

Sign up your group for this year’s Haunted House today!

Looking for an outlet to unleash your Halloween spirit? Is your creative DIY itch begging to be scratched? Want to participate in the season’s fun but not have the mess at your house? We can help!

Sign up your group to be in our Haunted House! We are offering a chance for local organizations (sports teams, clubs, businesses, neighbors, families, friends, etc) to go head-to-head in a friendly competition to see who can produce the best scene at this year’s Haunted House!

Trophy, prizes, and bragging rights for the winning group.

Have an idea? Reach out! We’re glad to help in any way we can.

Deadline to sign up is FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7th. Proceeds benefit the renovations to the Baptist Building.

More info: https://fairfaxrecreation.com/haunted-house/

2016 Haunted House Contest

We are changing things up for this year’s Haunted House and will be setting the stage for YOU to show some Halloween spirit!  On Saturday, October 29th and Monday, October 31st, we will open up 10 spots in our annual Haunted House to various groups across the community.  Friends, family, coworkers, neighbors, teams, clubs, are all encouraged to work together to come up with their own version of a Halloween horror!

Multiple prizes will be awarded, and the group with the scariest booth will take home the first annual Scare-a-thon trophy!

The deadline to sign up for a booth is: Friday, October 7th.

2016 Haunted House Contest Guidelines

Space is limited, so sign up sooner than later!  

For more information please contact:
Susannah Chamberlin
spn1945@gmail.com
(802) 598-7961

Fairfax Parks and Recreation 2016 Haunted House Contest
Boo! Enter this year’s Haunted House contest today!

 

17th Annual Egg Run Results

Participants in the 2016 Kids Fun Run
Participants in the 2016 Kids Fun Run

The rain held off, and that sun was hot, but we have another successful Egg Run in the books!  With over 200 5K and 10K finishers, this year’s race proved a challenge due to the high humidity and hot sun.  While we were expecting rain, we were ready to help runners beat the heat with strategically placed water tables throughout the course.  Over two dozen volunteers helped this event operate smoothly and efficiently as participants have come to expect.  Our gracious sponsors ensured that we were able to attain the infrastructure required to offer pleasant experience for all.  We would like to thank all parties involved in this event, but we would especially like to thank the participants.  Without you, this wouldn’t be possible!

2016 Egg Run Results

Volunteers Needed

The Spring Fever 5K is only a few days away! With the weather on Saturday looking like it will make for great race conditions, we are anticipating a strong turnout. So, we are looking for extra volunteers to help with several aspects of the event!

Jobs include but not limited to; finish line chute, traffic control, kids fun run helpers, breakfast cooks, breakfast prep/clean-up, etc.

Volunteers help prepare meals for runners post-race
Volunteers help prepare meals for runners post-race

If you would like to help out, please reach out to Colin any way you can (contact info below).  We are asking volunteers to show up to the BFA Fairfax Elementary Gym at 8:00am.

Colin Santee
(802) 849-6111 ext. 20
receation@fairfax-vt.gov
facebook.com/fairfaxrecdept
@FairfaxRecDept

It’s almost time to start splashing around in the River again!

You are invited to the 1st annual Lamoille River Paddlers’ Trail Community Social, scheduled for the evening of Wednesday, May 4th at the Landmark Tavern in Johnson!

Join other river enthusiasts to celebrate recent accomplishments and learn about projects planned for 2016. Starting at 6:00 pm will be appetizers, drinks, a raffle, dinner available for purchase, presentations and a slideshow. There will be also be a group paddle to the tavern, leaving from Sloping Falls at 5:00 pm. Help is also needed to install river access stairs at the site during the afternoon (1:30-4:30). Space is limited – RSVP by Monday, May 2nd to noah@vermontriverconservancy.org

The Lamoille River Paddlers’ Trail is an emerging, community effort to develop new opportunities for paddling and fishing along the Lamoille River. Our vision is of a network of well maintained river access points, primitive campsites, and portage trails from the river’s headwaters west to Lake Champlain. Learn more at: www.lamoilleriverpaddlerstrail.org

Photo from Vermont Canoe and Kayak

New Fitness Class on Thursdays! “Weights only Workout”

We are pleased to announce a new type of class to our fitness programming starting on Thursday, April 7th.  At 7:00pm, meet with Lisa Duroucher at BFA Fairfax for a strength training workout using weights and high reps to burn fat and target every major muscle group.  While there is no running or jumping, the fast paced class will still ensure you get your cardio in as well!  This class is designed for all fitness levels.  Don’t have your own weights? No problem! You will be able to use some from the School’s weight room.  For more information, visit Lisa’s website

Price per Class: $7.00 a person; FREE for participants under 18 years old; FREE for First Responders; no need to pre-register

What to Bring? Water!  (challenging weights, towel and yoga mat are optional)

Fitness Bootcamp with LSD.

Summer Specialty Camps in Fairfax

Summer Specialty Camps

Registration for 2016 summer camps is now open.  Participants who have completed Kindergarten to age 12 are welcome.  The Greater Burlington YMCA are the Fairfax Parks & Rec. Dept. are working together to bring you exciting and unique specialty camps this summer in Fairfax!

Register Online Today!

2016 Summer Specialty Camps in Fairfax

-June 20/June 24, “Buggin’ Out”
Explore the variety of insects that live in Vermont! Campers will have fun learning about the important roles insects have in our backyard ecology.

-June 27/July 1, “Time Travelers & Treasure Hunters”
Travel back in time! This week campers will learn about the history of Lake Champlain dating as far back as the last ice age and fast forward to modern times.

-July 5/July 8, “Nature’s Pantry”
Nature is a busy and curious kitchen! In this camp, campers will learn about seasonal fruits and vegetables, and everyday uses for native plants.

-July 11/July 15, “Sports Extravaganza”
Have a ball while learning a thing or two about sports! This week campers will learn new games, play their favorite, and have fun trying new things!

-July 18/July 22, “Engineering Adventures”
Campers will invent and build their way through this week to solve everyday problems and find the engineer in all of us!

-July 25/July 29, “Walk on the Wild Side”
Experience the park through a mixture of ecology, craft & stealthy observation.

-August 1/August 5, “Superheros”
Campers will create their own superhero and experiment with the science behind their magical powers!

-August 8/August 12, “Toad-ily Awesome”
Hop on over to camp and investigate the world of amphibians!

For additional information, please contact Colin at ‘recreation@fairfax-vt.gov’

Welcome to our new website!

Hello and welcome to the new Fairfax Parks & Recreation website!  Please keep in mind we are currently migrating our old site to this one, so some things may look funny or not have complete functionality quite yet.  Keep checking back as we continue to enhance our new site!

Thanks,
Colin S.