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Recreation and Parks

The Lebanon Recreation & Parks Department is dedicated to “inspire play” by providing a variety of quality recreation programs, special events and recreational facilities for the community’s use and enjoyment. The department provides over 130 special events and programs in a typical year, including team and individual sports programs and camps, savvy senior outings, outdoor adventures and performing and creative arts. Special events include summer concerts in Colburn Park, holiday celebration events, running races, sports tournaments and the popular Lebanon Farmers’ Market. Lebanon has received numerous accolades including Tree City USA, Sportstown USA for New Hampshire by Sports Illustrated and Top 5 U.S. cities to raise a child in the outdoors by the Outdoor Foundation.

An extensive park and conservation land trail system, skate park, accessible playground/picnic area, ball fields, two ski areas, outdoor skating rink and a state-of-the-art outdoor pool provide plenty of year-round outdoor recreation enjoyment to residents and visitors of all ages. The scenic state-maintained Northern Rail Trail, complete with the historic Packard Hill Covered Bridge, picnic areas and views of Mascoma Lake and River, is an all-season attraction for cyclists, walkers, joggers and skiers.

For summer fun in the sun, ponds, lakes and golf courses are plentiful. Storrs Pond is 15 minutes north in Hanover; Mascoma Lake is approximately 10 minutes east in Enfield. The Mascoma River meanders from Mascoma Lake through Enfield and Lebanon, and empties into the Connecticut River, offering a peaceful, scenic waterway for canoeing or kayaking (though some portage is necessary). Lebanon is home to the Carter Country Club for golf and Fore-U Golf for mini golf and driving range enthusiasts; several other golf courses providing all levels of challenge can be found within a 20-mile radius.

The non-winter months are also great for hiking, camping and fishing, all of which are plentiful in the surrounding area. The Lebanon Conservation Commission maintains more than 25 miles of woodland hiking trails within Lebanon’s city limits. Skiing, snowboarding and tubing are the popular sports for the winter months. Just a quarter-mile from downtown Lebanon, the Storrs Hill Ski Area offers fine downhill skiing, a snowboard park and ski jumps, and Dartmouth Skiway is located 30 minutes to the north in Lyme. Within a two-hour radius are a dozen world-class ski resorts for both alpine and cross-country enthusiasts of every ability level.

No matter what the season, families can enjoy ice skating, taking ballet, dance, gymnastics, tae kwon do or karate lessons just minutes from Colburn Park. There are also bowling and other indoor games available in Lebanon and the surrounding area.

For those who like quieter ways to spend their time, the Lebanon Public Libraries offer reading programs and activities for families and children of all ages. Both the Lebanon and new Kilton West Lebanon Library provide Internet terminals and high-speed wireless access.

The CCBA’s Witherell Recreation Center, River Valley Club, and Anytime Fitness of Lebanon provide a variety of exercise alternatives for everyone.

More complete information can be found on our website: www.recreation.lebnh.net and on Facebook.

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