Recreation Fees & Policies

Recreation Fees & Policies


Payment is due at time of registration
RESIDENT and NON-RESIDENT FEES: Resident rates for programs apply to those residing within the Burlington City limits at the time registration is submitted.
There is a surcharge on user fees for non-Burlington residents as follows:
• $10 per participant for programs costing $100 or less
• $20 for programs costing up to $200
• $30 for programs costing over $200

AFTER YOU HAVE REGISTERED: You will receive an email confirmation if you registered online. If the class is full, you will be notified and placed on a waiting list.

INSURANCE: Burlington Parks, Recreation & Waterfront does not carry medical or accident insurance for program participants, as the cost would make program fees prohibitive. Please review your own health insurance plan to be certain that you and your family have the proper coverage.


Burlington Parks, Recreation & Waterfront may cancel classes due to low enrollment, so don’t wait until the last minute and encourage friends to sign up as well! Programs can also be cancelled due to weather or instructor cancellations. If a program is cancelled by Parks, Recreation & Waterfront, a full refund will be issued and no fee will be charged.


Unless otherwise stated, refunds will be available only until two weeks prior to the first day of a program or activity. A refund will not be given if a participant is dismissed from the program. A $25 administrative fee will be charged for processing the refund. You must register prior to the beginning of a program, NO DROP-INS unless specifically stated.


Scholarships are available for qualified Burlington residents, and it’s easy to qualify! We want everyone to be able to participate in our programs, regardless of financial status. Please call our main phone number or stop by any location for more information. Scholarships are awarded on a first-come first-serve basis.



(The text below will be acknowledged during your registration process, and by your participation in our programs)

In consideration of Burlington Parks, Recreation & Waterfront’s acceptance of me/my child for admission to the above named program, I hereby, for myself, my child, my heirs, executors, and administrators, waive and release any and all rights to claims for damages I or my child may have against the City of Burlington and its representatives, successors, and assigns for any and all injuries suffered by myself or my child at any City-sponsored activity.

I voluntarily agree to assume all of the foregoing risks and accept sole responsibility for any injury to my child(ren) or myself including, but not limited to, personal injury, disability, and death, illness (including COVID-19), damage, loss, claim, liability, or expense, of any kind, that I or my child(ren) may experience or incur in connection with my child(ren)s attendance at the City program. On my behalf, and on behalf of my child(ren)s, I hereby agree to release, covenant not to bring claims against, indemnify, defend, and hold harmless the City and its officers and employees from liability and any claims, suits, expenses, losses, judgments, and damages arising as a result of the City or any third party’s acts and/or omissions during my or my children’s participation in the City program. I understand and agree that this release includes any Claims based on the actions, omissions, or negligence of the City, its employees, agents, and representatives, including but not limited to whether a COVID-19 infection occurs before, during, or after participation in any City program.

By signing below I acknowledge that I have read and understand this Assumption of Risk and Waiver of Liability and am signing it voluntarily. I understand the risks associated with participating in the City program. This agreement shall be governed by Vermont law. The unenforceability of any provision of this Assumption of Risk and Waiver of Liability shall not affect the validity and enforceability of any other provision, which shall remain in full force and effect.

I also understand that the Department may take pictures or videos of activity participants that may appear in future Department materials.