Parks & Playgrounds

Lake Shaftsbury

Lake Shaftsbury
(swimming, canoe rental, playground, picnic, camp grounds)

Lake Shaftsbury State Park is on an 84-acre parcel surrounding the small but picturesque Lake Shaftsbury. The area operated as a private campground/cabin resort before it became a state park in 1974. It has become a popular park facility in southwestern Vermont.

262 Shaftsbury State Park Rd
Shaftsbury, VT 05262


Greenbergs Headwaters Park

Greenbergs Headwaters Park

(Nature, bird watching, trails)

Belvidere Street
(off of Morgan Street)
Bennington, VT

The 165 acre park officially called the Norman and Selma Greenberg Headwaters Park is located off of Morgan Street and includes a picturesque landscape of woods, wetlands, and water.

It features two miles of paths that access a diversity of habitats ranging from wooded uplands to ponds and beaverdams. The South Stream feeds into the wetland which is rated as a Vermont Class 2 Significant Wetland.

Part of the trail system is on the rail bed of the former Bennington and North Adams railway (service ended in 1928). At one time, the trolley line which belonged to the Bennington and Hoosick Valley Railway west of Bennington, ran to Hoosick Falls, NY, a total of about 30 miles.

There is a second entrance to the park for paddlers, located farther down Morgan Street, just past the turn off to Middle Pownal Road. There is a long boardwalk leading to the canoe/kayak launch that takes you directly into the heart of the beaver ponds and wetlands area.

Enjoy walking, paddling, bird watching, cross country skiing, mountain biking, and all the park has to offer!

Birdwatching at the Headwaters Park:

Splash Pad

Splash Pad
(Water playground)

The splash pad will be active during warm months, kid friendly downtown fun. There is also a stage area for performances.

109 North St
Bennington, VT 05201

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Stark Street Playground

Stark Street Playground
(Playground, bike pump track, basketball hoop)

This park is currently under construction to update the facilities and offer more recreational opportunities.

150 Stark St.
Bennington, VT 05201
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Bennington Recreation Center

Bennington Recreation Center Facilities
(Pool, weight room, sauna, showers) 
The Bennington Recreation Center is managed in partnership between the Town of Bennington and the Berkshire Family YMCA. They offer indoor swimming and fitness center year round to members and visitors.


To View Bennington Rec. Center – Berkshire Family YMCA – Current Hours, Pool & Fitness Schedules, visit their web page by CLICKING HERE.

The Bennington Recreation Center is is a municipally funded facility that relies on the members for supplemental support.


Guest Passes (updated 9/22/21)

$10.00 – 1 adult & up to 2 kids
$20.00 – 2 adults & up to 4 kids
$2.00 – for shower only

Bennington Resident Rates (updated 9/22/21)

Adult (ages 25-99)
1 Adult and up to 4 Kids
Additional Adults in Household
Young Adult (ages 20-24)
Teen (ages 13-19)
Youth (ages 6mo-12)
Senior Citizen Discount (ages 62+)
10% off membership rate

To get Bennington Resident Rates you must purchase your membership at the Recreation Center and have proof of residency.

Non-Bennington Resident Rates (updated 9/22/21)

Adult (ages 25-99)
1 Adult and up to 4 Kids
Household – 2 Adults + 4 Kids
Young Adult (ages 20-24)
Teen (ages 13-19)
Youth (ages 6mo-12)
Senior (ages 62+)

Non-Bennington residents may purchase membership at the Recreation Center, or online through the Berkshire Y website. Make sure to select “Bennington” as your location.

Bennington Recreation Center
655 Gage Street 
Bennington, VT 05201

Willow Park

Willow Park / Leonard J. Black Memorial Park
(Playground, picnic pagoda, baseball diamond, soccer fields, volleyball court, skate park, dirt bike course)

Playground, BMX track, disc golf, tennis courts, playing fields, spacious grounds and pavilion are all features of this multi-purpose playground and recreation area. Bathrooms open during the summer months.

The upper and lower pavilions are available for rent by contacting Chris Barbagallo at


472 East Road
Bennington, VT 05201

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