The Town of Barrington Recreation department offers a variety of activities and events, including a summer camp for…More children ages four to 12, tennis and golf tournaments, tennis lessons, an annual holiday tree-lighting ceremony, a Barrington Beach Day and a breakfast with grandparents at the Barrington Senior Center. It also schedules the use of baseball and soccer fields for local youth sports leagues.
John Taylor is Barrington's recreation director. The town resident was named to the position in 2007 after a long career as a coach and intramurals director at Rhode Island College. He works closely with the Parks and Recreation Commission, an eight-member volunteer board. The recreation office is located in the lower level of the library and community center.
The narrow beach overlooks Narragansett Bay at the end of Bay Road in the Rumstick neighborhood. Gentle waves lap at…More four acres of sand. Lifeguards watch over a swimming area designated by buoys that are roped together. They are on duty in the summer from the beginning to the end of the school break. Plenty of parking in three lots is available to residents and taxpayers with $30 season passes sold at the new beach house, which includes restrooms and a first aid station. Cost for residents age 65 and older is $10. The parking area closes at 9 pm. Dogs, horses, motorized vehicles, alcohol, glass containers, grills and fires are prohibited. Smoking is restricted to a designated area.
Philip Hervey is the town planner. He implements the town's Comprehensive Community Plan, prepares grant applications…More and bid documents, reviews and processes planning board applications and administers the federal Community Development Block Grant funds received by Barrington.
Hervey also works with professional consultants to implement projects like improvements at schools and the town's beach and parks. A particular focus is the Community Plan, which guides land use decisions and must be updated every five years with state approval. The plan involves several other town boards and commissions and includes public input throughout its preparation. Hervey shares office space with the building official.