The Childrens’ Fund, in partnership with the Healthy Eating, Active Living program at CHaD (HEAL) and the Mascoma Bank, has made a grant to fund a part-time recreation director for the towns of Enfield, Canaan and Orange. This infrastructure is critical to continuing and building the our efforts to encourage children’s outdoor activities, particularly cross country running, in this geographic area. The Children’s Fund will also continue to provide free running shoes to the 50+ students who participate in our middle school cross country running programs each year.
The Enfield Recreation Commission sponsors recreation programs and several special events each year. An Easter Egg Hunt is held each spring, a Halloween Party is held each October, and a Skating Party is held each winter, if our unpredictable New England weather permits. July is time for the Summer Recreation Program, held for children entering Kindergarten through Grade 4, and Swimming Lessons, available for children and adults.
Notices of events are advertised in the local newspaper and information about children’s programs is provided to the students at the Enfield Village School. You can also be added to an email notification list of recreation programs. Check out What’s New! for a listing of upcoming events and information about the Summer Recreation Program and swimming lessons.
Huse Park: Located on the corner of Main Street and US Route 4. Hours are 6:00 AM – 9:00 PM. Huse Park boasts a basketball court, children’s playground, ball field and pavilion building with covered picnic tables.
Shaker Recreation Park: Located on NH Route 4A at Lower Shaker Village. Hours are 9:00 AM to dusk. Shaker Recreation Park has two ball fields, a playground, volleyball court and open field for soccer or other field sports.
The Recreation Commission schedules the use of both parks. Contact the Recreation Director at firstname.lastname@example.org for activity reservations.
Shakoma Beach: Located on the corner of NH Route 4A and Main Street at Shaker Bridge. Parking, by permit only, is located in the upper beach parking area on NH Route 4A opposite the beach. Parking permits, available at the Enfield Town Hall, are free to residents; non-residents must pay a small fee ($1.00/day, $10 for 15 consecutive days or $25 for a season pass).
Mascoma Boat Launch: Located on the corner of NH Route 4A and Main Street at Shaker Bridge, opposite Shakoma Beach. The Boat Launch area provides parking for the handicapped and for cars with boat trailers or car-top boat carriers only. No parking permit is required.
Crystal Lake Boat Launch: Located off Algonquin Road, 1.2 miles from Crystal Lake Road. Parking is provided.
2014 - $5,000 fo Year 3 of the Recreation Coordinator position for towns of Enfield/Canaan.
For two years, we have collaborated with the Healthy Eating, Active Living program, the town of Canaan and the Mascoma Bank to fund a part-time recreation coordinator, to provide the infrastructure for the children in five towns (Enfield, Canaan, Dorchester, Grafton and Orange) to have more recreational opportunities. In the past two years, Kati Lary Jopek, the incredibly energetic recreation coordinator, has started programs in swimming, sailing, boot camp, summer camp, field hockey camp and movies in the park. Since 2013, over 25 new programs and opportunities for individuals to get outside and be active have been introduced to the Mascoma Valley Region, providing over 700 opportunities for engagement
2013 - $5,000 to the second year of support for a recreation coordinator
2012 - $5,000 collaborative grant with the Healthy Eating, Active Living program at DHMC to fund a recreation director for the towns of Enfield/Canaan/Orange. This infrastructure is critical to continuing and building the Children's Fund's efforts to encourage children's outdoor sports, particularly cross country running, in this geographic area.