About the organization

It all started when…

The Bristol Recreation Club is 501(c)3 non-profit organization created in 1921. Our mission is to maintain outdoor recreation space for the amusement, enjoyment, and recreation of the residents of Bristol, Vermont.

We own 10 acres on Airport Road which are open to the public and available to rent for community and sporting events. The Bristol Recreation Fields include three baseball/softball diamonds, large open areas for assorted field sports, horseshoe pits, tennis/pickleball courts, an ice skating rink, bike/skate park, picnic pavilion, a concession stand with full kitchen, and of course: the signature Grandstand (aka “Big Red”), which is a town landmark.

We also maintain the Bristol Trail Network, a collection of multi-use trails throughout the community.

Our facilities are maintained by club members, volunteers, and a few contracted services. We would like to thank the entire community for all of the support and help we receive every year to keep these facilities in great shape. The Club obtains its funds from grants, donations, member fees, user fees, and an appropriation from the Town of Bristol.

Our membership oversees the club under the leadership of elected trustees and a board to operate the daily business of the club.

The Bristol Recreation Club Award
This scholarship is awarded to a graduating high school senior who values outdoor community recreation, has demonstrated this value during his/her high school years, and is committed to continued future engagement in outdoor community recreation.
This is a one-time $500 scholarship to pursue further education at a university, college, technical program, or vocational training program.
-Graduating senior at Mt Abraham Union High School;
-Demonstrated involvement in community recreation (including but not limited to activities such as: summer outdoor theater, coaching or refereeing youth sports, peer mentoring in an outdoor environment, Bristol Band participation, local hunting and fishing, hiking, etc.)
To be considered, submit an essay describing why you think it is important for citizens to engage in local outdoor community recreation activities.  Specifically:
-Explain how local recreation and community involvement has enhanced your life so far; and
-Explain how you plan to continue your community recreation involvement in the future.
Essays must be typed.  Please include your name, address, email and phone number on the top of the page, and please tell us where you intend to use this scholarship money to continue your education.
Submit essays to:
Bristol Recreation Club
PO Box 411
Bristol, VT 05443
Essays must be received by:  May 1
Selection & Award:
Award recipient will be chosen by the officers of the Bristol Recreation Club and the members of the Scholarship Committee. Award to be announced at the MAUHS Senior Award Night.  Check will be made out to and mailed directly to the recipient following successful completion of their first semester of higher education.  At that time, recipient must send the Bristol Recreation Club a copy of their first semester transcript and a schedule of their next semester’s classes as well as an address they would like the check mailed to.