Kayak/Paddle board Club
Open to the public and free to participate! Youth under 18 years old must have a chaperone. Wednesday evenings at 6pm meeting at the launching spots.
Merrymeeting boat launch August 19th
Merrymeeting river boat launch September 2nd
Merrymeeting Marsh (RT 11) September 16th
Lake Winnipesaukee (Alton bay) September 30th
You must have your own kayak or paddle board to participate. Please bring proper clothing, water, snacks and sunscreen.
New Durham Hiking Club
Open to the public and free to participate! Youth under 18 years old must have a chaperone. Wednesday evenings at 6pm meeting at the trail heads.
SELT Red Trail (Town Beach parking lot) August 12th
Devil Den Trail (North Shore Parking lot) August 26th
Mount Major (Rt 11B Parking lot) September 9th
Mount Molly (113 North Shore Rd) September 23rd
Knight Pond (Knights Pond Rd) October 7th
Mount Caverly (Devils Den Parking lot) October 21
Make sure you wear layers and bright colors (safety for hunting session), plus hiking boots or sneakers (we will encounter slick areas due to wet leaves so footwear is important.) Make sure you bring a pack with snacks and water. You may also want to bring a camera and walking stick.
Town-Wide Yard Sale
Saturday August 22 & Sunday August 23, 2020
Maps and Location will be available online & around town starting Monday August 17th
Residents can register online @
or by call 859-2091 ext9
This event is hosted by New Durham
Parks & Recreation.
POSTED ON: MAY 22, 2020 - 1:08PM
The New Durham Select Board and New Durham Parks & Recreation Commission decided this past week during their regular business meetings to open the Town Beach on Merrymeeting Lake to New Durham Residents, and parking by permit only. The Beach will have swim area ropes and buoys our for users safety, but will not have beach attendants, restrooms or trash receptacles available. Users of the beach are asked to follow the Center for Disease Controls (CDC) COVID-19 Coronavirus guidelines, and the Governor's Stay at Home 2.0 guidelines. These guideline include 6' social distancing, groups of no more than 10, facial coverings (when interacting with with individuals not in your group, or if unable to social distance.) and frequent handwashing and or use of hand sanitizer. Residents as asked to carry in and carry out of all belongs and refuge. The Police Department will make regular patrols of the parking area which is by Town of New Durham Facility Use Decal only. The Board and Commission hope the users will enjoy the Beach and ask all users to please use good judgement, and recreate responsibly during this unprecedented time of the worldwide health pandemic.
New Durham Backpack Program
Several town groups and departments are organizing the 5th Annual School Backpack Program in order to guarantee that all our students will be able to enter the 2020-2021 academic year with the supplies they need to be successful. The current participating groups are New Durham Parks and Recreation, New Durham welfare Office, New Durham Public Library, and New Durham Food Pantry along with the cooperation of the Governor Wentworth Regional School District.
Our goal is to fill backpacks for students in elementary through high school and we are asking local people and businesses to help us make this a reality! In our first 4 years, we were able to meet the need and fill 60+ backpacks! We are hoping to be able to fill at least 60 backpacks again this year to help support students who may be facing economic hardships or are otherwise unable to purchase the supplies needed to success in school.
There are several ways that you can help including making a monetary donation that we will use to purchase necessary items, sponsoring a certain number of backpacks, or simply purchasing supplies and dropping them off to the New Durham Library or Parks and Recreation Department at the New Durham Town Hall. Sponsoring an elementary backpack is $25 and sponsoring a middle/high school backpack is $35. We are hoping to collect donations by august 25 in order to distribute bags the week before school begins. After donations are in, volunteers will help sort the items collected and then purchase additional items to fill before students and families pick up their bags.
Backpacks, paper, note books, 3” binder, dividers, folders, pencils, pens, erasers, scissors, crayons, glue, pencil case/pouches, colored pencils, scientific calculators, water bottles, snacks All donated supplies will be utilized! Extra supplies will be available through the school district support office for students in need throughout the academic year as supplies run out such as writing supplies.
Online donations can be made below. Offline donations by cash or check (written out to “Town of New Durham” with “Backpack Program” in the memo line) can be turned in to the Library or Town Hall.
The Parks & Recreation Department develops and manages a system of public recreation for all citizens of The Town of New Durham. Duties include managing and maintaining public facilities including the ballfields and town beach, organizing and supervising athletic programs and planning community activities. Additionally, Parks & Recreation works alongside other town departments, boards, organizations and individuals to provide community events and fundraising endeavors to support and improve the quality of life of New Durham residents. The Department strives to provide meaningful and impactful programming for participants young to senior, focusing on areas of local interest and need.
Parks and Rec director