Parks & Recreation

Bennington Community Center (Recreation Center)Community Center

The recreation center includes an indoor pool, fitness room, locker rooms, showers, and saunas. There are also outdoor tennis courts, a handball court, and a small playground suitable for k-5 ages. Showers are available at a cost of $2 for hikers and travelers. Membership or a day use fee is required for use of the other facilities. Numerous programs for all ages are offered year round including during many school vacations and during the summer. Pool and Fitness schedules are below.

Administrative Hours (Facility Hours, see sidebar):
Monday-Friday 8:00am – 4:30pm

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Management of the Recreation Center is provided by the YMCA under an agreement with the Town of Bennington. You may view the management agreement here.

Quick Links:

Pool Schedule

* Registration Required
Use this link to register for Classes and Programs

Group Fitness Schedules

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Bennington Sports Center Gym Calendar

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Additional Information

Here is a link to membership and program participation forms:

Membership and Passes

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 7/01/23)
To get Bennington Resident Rates you must purchase your membership at the Recreation Center and have proof of residency.

Adult (ages 25-99)
  • $9.00/month
Young Adult (ages 20-24)
  • $5.00/month
1 Adult and up to 4 Kids
  • $11/month
Additional Adults in Household
  • $3.00/month
Teen (ages 13-19)
  • $26.00/year
Youth (ages 6 mo-12)
  • $13/year
  • Senior Citizens ages 62+ 10% discount 
  • Annual Payment 10% discount

Non-Bennington Resident Rates (updated 9/22/21)
Download the Membership Information Brochure (NOTE: the Berkshire YMCA is who Bennington contracts with for our Bennington facility)

Adult (ages 25-99)
  • $37.00/month
1 Adult and up to 4 Kids
  • $49.00/month
Household – 2 Adults + 4 Kids
  • $64.00/month
Young Adult (ages 20-24)
  • $21.00/month
Teen (ages 13-19)
  • $10.00/month
Youth (ages 6mo-12)
  • $5.00/month
Senior (ages 62+)
  • $33.00/month

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.

Management Agreement between the Town of Bennington and the Berkshire YMCA.

Birthday Parties at the Recreation Center

To make sure your day runs smooth, the Y is here for you. Here's all you need to know before your big day!
Help us keep everyone safe. All party goers must complete our Waiver of Liability. (no need to print - they get sent directly to us)

Party times:
Saturday Parties: Party Room (downstairs) 2-4 PM & Swimming 4-5 PM
Please note: Facility closes 15 minutes after end of swim-time to allow for changing. If your group may require longer, please exit pool early to ensure timely departure.
  • Hosts can arrive early to set up space.
  • Tables, chairs and Locker room access provided.
  • No more than 20 swimming guests allowed. 
  • Small space in fridge/freezer available if needed.
  • Clean up all trash, decorations, food, debris. Extra garbage bags and cleaning materials provided if needed. $25 cash or check cleaning deposit held until departure and returned when room inspection cleared by BFYMCA staff during swim time.
$50 deposit required to hold date due at time of booking. Parties must be paid in full one-week prior reservation. Deposits are non-refundable. Remainder of reservation fee only refundable with one-week notice.

Contact the Recreation Center to pay if needed: 802-500-2770 or log in to your online account.
Please note some of our commonly asked questions about POOL POLICIES. Any additional questions, please ask the lifeguard on duty!

  • All swimming guests with hair longer than chin-length must wear swim caps.
  • All youth are required to pass a swim test to use deep end.
  • Life jackets must be coast-guard approved and should be brought with you as our supply to borrow is limited.
  • At least one adult must be in the water per 10 children swimming.
  • Street shoes must be removed before entering pool deck.
  • All swimmers must shower before using pool.
  • No food allowed on pool deck.
We look forward to having you celebrate with us! 

Outdoor Recreational Opportunities


Bennington and the surrounding area offer a plethora of opportunities for outdoor adventures. State parks, mountain lakes, swimming holes, and hikes for all ages and abilities abound. Bennington is nestled into the southwest corner of the Green Mountains and is a favorite stopping point along the Appalachian and Long Trails. For the casual walker there is no shortage of beautiful scenic walks with pastoral views and historic sites.  
Whatever your passion, Bennington’s numerous outdoor opportunities will not disappoint you!