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Picnic Shelters/Pavilions

Nestled on the shores of beautiful Lake Champlain lay 3 rentable shelters at Oakledge (2), and North Beach (1). They are suitable to host small gatherings such as birthday parties, company picnics, and family/friend reunions. The shelters can be rented by the half day or full day and are available to rent from mid-May to mid-September.

Please note that due to construction projects taking place in Oakledge Park, the Lower Shelter will not be available to rent for the 2022 season. If accessible, it may be used on a first come first served basis with no guarantee that the bathrooms or other amenities will be available.

Check availability and make your shelter rental request online here. Or you can give us a call at (802)865-7247 to reserve any of these spaces. Please note that office hours may be limited. We’ll return your call or email as soon as possible.


Half Day (9am – 2:30pm or 3:30pm – 9pm): $190
Full Day (9am – 9pm): $275


  • Picnic tables
  • Restrooms
  • Grill
  • Direct access to 9 miles of bike path
  • Pets welcome, but must always be on leash
  • Waterfront views
  • Public beach access

Rules & Regulations

  • Minimum age to rent a shelter/pavilion is 18 years old.
  • A credit card must be used to secure a reservation (Visa, MC, AmEx, Discover).
  • Pets are welcome, subject to the following conditions: a) they must be on a leash b) they must not be left unattended c) owners must clean up after their pets in all areas and d) pets are NOT allowed on the beach.
  • Charcoal is not provided; Gas grills may be brought to the site(s).
  • Alcohol is allowed but no kegs or glass bottles.
  • Dispose of hot coals appropriately.

Shelter reservations are defined in the Code of Ordinances of the City of Burlington, Rules and Regulations of the Burlington Parks, Recreation, and Waterfront Department.


Please note that all reservations are subject to current state and local COVID-19 guidelines, giving the Department the right to cancel any reservation that has fallen out of alignment with them. The renter may also cancel at any point in advance leading up to the reserved date. Full refunds will be given for all COVID-19 related cancelations if done prior to the date reserved. All reservations will be subject to staff checks for the duration of the rental period and we reserve the right to terminate any gathering where attendees’ actions are deemed unsafe by staff. Refunds will not be given in these cases.

Miller Community & Recreation Center

The Miller Center, conveniently located next door to Hunt Middle School and CP Smith Elementary School in Burlington’s new north end provides space for a variety of activities including:

  • Gymnasium – 7,000 square foot regulation high school size basketball court with synthetic flooring, mobile bleachers with seating for 70, electronic scoreboard, retractable basketball hoops, gym divider and locker rooms with restrooms, showers and lockers, $60/hour
  • Community Room – 1,800 square foot versatile space, overhead projector and screen, surround sound, tables and chairs, seating for up to 120. Includes small kitchen for prep and cooking space for caterers.  $50/hour
  • Kids Room – Perfect for birthday parties and playgroups as well as small meetings, this room has sink and counter space, toys, cubbies and kid sized tables and chairs. Our Fletcher Free Library “Micro Library” is also housed in the Kids Room – feel free to borrow a book when you visit!  Seating for up to 25, $30/hour
  • Fitness Studio – Located off of the gym, the 1,100 square foot fitness room has wood floor, wall mirrors, music system and great natural light, capacity varies by activity, $40/hour
  • Art Room – Also located adjacent to the gym, this classroom space offers counters, sink, tables and chairs for up to 30, $30/hour
  • Conference Room – Located off the lobby with quiet, comfortable space is offered FREE to the public for meetings, etc, seating for up to 12, FREE

Reservations are subject to a two week cancellation policy.  Reservations cancelled with less than 14 days notice will be billed at full price unless re-rented to another user. Payments of the rental fees are due in full at time of scheduling the reservation, unless otherwise agreed upon by Miller staff.

Email us to reserve space at the Miller Recreation Center.

Leddy Ice Arena

Skate Rental $3/pair
Public Skating $5 Adults / $4 Students
Stick & Puck $6
Olympic Ice Rental $200/hour
Studio Ice Rental $100/hour
Studio Ice-Boot Hockey Rental $85/hour
Upstairs Lounge Rental $25/hour
Birthday Party (1 hour lounge/ 1 hour skating) $120


All scheduled ice is subject to a thirty (30) day cancellation policy.  Ice that is cancelled with less than thirty days’ notice will be billed at full price unless re-rented to another user. Payments of the rental fees are due in full at time of scheduling the reservation, unless otherwise agreed upon by arena personnel.

Email us to reserve space at Leddy Ice Arena.

The CORE (Center of Recreation & Education) at the ONE Community Center

Located at 20 Allen Street in the Old North End, BPRW is managing the second floor of the ONE Community Center. We have several classrooms, community rooms and the gym available to rent. Please call 802-865-7088 for more information.


Walk and Run Events at Oakledge Park

Walk/run event applications for 2022 are now being accepted. Please e-mail your application (link below) or questions to Applications will be processed in the order they are received. Please note that the $50 application fee must be submitted before your application will be reviewed. For questions, please call (802)865-7247.

Click here to download the info & application

Athletic Fields

Park athletic fields are located at the following parks:

  • Calahan Park:           Multi-Purpose Athletic Field, Baseball/Softball
  • Leddy Park:               Multi-Purpose Athletic Field, Adult Softball, Youth Softball
  • Starr Farm Park:       Multi-Purpose Athletic Field
  • Roosevelt and Shiffilliti Park:        Youth Baseball/Softball Fields


Hourly Rate each field is $40.00/HR .  Field lining has to be requested and will generate an additional fee for the time and material if approved.


Please call (802)865-7247 for requests or questions. Field reservations are prioritized for school and park associated activities in Burlington.

A credit card must be used to secure a reservation (Visa, MC, AmEx, Discover).


  • Trash/Recycling Containers
  • Restrooms

Rules & Regulations

  • Minimum age to rent an athletic field is 18 years old.
  • A credit card # deposit may be required.
  • Use of athletic fields during wet weather is not permitted.
  • Painting lines, marking goals, driving spikes, etc. is not permitted.
  • Amplified sound is not permitted without approval.
  • Athletic fields should be used for recreational purposes only.
  • Any match or game with more than 20 participants that is organized in nature requires a park permit. Call 865-7247 for more information.

Athletic field reservations are defined in the Code of Ordinances of the City of Burlington, Rules and Regulations of the Burlington Parks, Recreation and Waterfront Department, .

General Park Permits/Special Use Permits

Why Would I Need A General Park Permit?

If you are looking to have a gathering of 20 – 99 people in one of Burlington’s many parks, you will need a permit! General park permits do not grant the user exclusive use of a space and do not allow for amplified sound or vendors of any kind. If you are interested in having exclusive use of a space, amplified sound and/or vendors OR your gathering will exceed 99 people, please see below for more information about booking events that require Special Use Permits.

  • General Park Permit, Tier 1 (20 – 39 people): $25
  • General Park Permit, Tier 2 (40 – 59 people): $50
  • General Park Permit, Tier 3 (60 – 79 people): $75
  • General Park Permit, Tier 4 (80 – 99 people): $100
  • Photography/Videography Permit: $100/day, per location

If you would like to request a permit or have questions, please call (802)865-7247.

PLEASE NOTE: If you are renting one of our shelters for a private gathering, you do not need a separate park permit.

Why would I need a Special Use Permit?

  • If the amount of people attending the gathering exceeds 99.
  • If you need to reserve the exclusive use of a park area or facility for a specific time and date (i.e. for an event at Battery or City Hall Park).
  • If you are requesting to have amplified sound and/or vendors.
  • If the reservation is scheduled for an ongoing basis.
  • If the use of a park area or facility is for commercial or fund-raising purposes.
  • If the event charges a fee to participate or spectate.
  • If solicitation of any kind will occur at the event or performance.

All Special Use Permit requests require the approval of the Parks, Recreation and Waterfront Commission at least one month before the requested date. They meet on the first Tuesday of every month (except July) and although it is not required for event organizers to attend the meeting, it is highly encouraged. To bring your request to the Commission, you must work with the Department. Please call (802)865-7247 with any questions or to begin this process.

Special Use Permits are issued in accordance with Appendix D of the Code of Local Ordinances. You can read the full code here under “Appendix D”:

Programs in the Parks

If you are looking to hold outdoor classes and/or programs in a Burlington park, please fill out this application and e-mail to If your request is approved, there is a $100 fee. You then have the option to hold classes of 19 or fewer with no additional cost or scheduling, or to hold classes of 20 or more, which will follow our “General Park Permit” fee guidelines based on size and need to be scheduled with the Department.

Please call (802)865-7247 with any questions!

Burlington Greenway

The 8 mile Burlington Greenway (Bike Path) is situated along the shores of Lake Champlain and is part of the 14 mile Island Line Trail, which unites the Burlington to the Colchester Causeway, and the Allen Point Access Area.

The Greenway begins at the southern end at Queen City Parkway and extends to Colchester to the north at the Winooski River overpass.  It is intended for non-motorized travel only and besides being a resource for recreation, it is also utilized for transportation as hundreds of commuters’ access the path daily.  The Greenway also connects multiple parks, conservation areas and public beaches and is a popular tourist attraction from connection points downtown and by boat or ferry via Burlington harbor.


The Burlington Bike Path can only be used for special events approved by the Department. The fee for using the Greenway is $200 and a current certificate of insurance is required if approved.



The Burlington Greenway traverses through Oakledge Park, Lakeside Park, Roundhouse Park, Perkins Pier, Waterfront Park, Waterfront Access North, Urban Reserve, North Beach, Arms Park, Leddy Park, and Starr Farm Park.  Numerous amenities are available within these park areas.

Seasonally, there are restroom facilities located at Oakledge, Waterfront Park, North Beach and Leddy Park.


Rules & Regulations

  • No cars or vehicles allowed.
  • Pets are required to be on leash. Two dog parks are located along the path within the Urban Reserve and Starr Farm Park.
  • No pets allowed on public beaches.
  • Please obey all traffic and road crossings.
  • No solicitation allowed without permit.

Greenway rules and regulations are defined in the Code of Ordinances of the City of Burlington, Rules and Regulations of the Burlington Parks, Recreation, and Waterfront Department, .

Email us with questions about reserving the Greenway or space at Waterfront Park.