Recreation Committee

Current Recreation Committee Offerings Open to the Public for April to November.

Pickleball at the Cowell Outdoor Courts (outdoors free, indoors in inclement weather $5 gym fee)

Regular schedule (subject to change): Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday mornings, and Monday, Wednesday evenings; lessons available.                                                For times and details on lessons, leagues, and special events go to  For questions contact

Basketball in the Cowell Gym ($5 gym fee)

Tuesday (over 35) at 6:30 pm and Thursday (competitive) at 6:30 pm

Volleyball in the Cowell Gym ($5 gym fee)

Friday 7 to 9 pm

Please go to our Facbook page, Shelburne Recreation Committe and Cowell Gymnasium, for updated information.  You can also contact us at or (413) 625-0305.

Meeting Schedule: The Recreation Committee generaly meets at 6:30 pm on the second Wednesday of every month at the Cowell Gym. Please see the town calendar for specific meeting dates and agenda.

No meetings currently scheduled.


4 of 5 seats. 5 years each seat.

Cowell Gym Director Bill Buck
Phone (413) 625-0305 or 413-427-8227
FAX Town office fax (413) 625-0303
Address Cowell Gymnasium: 51 Maple Street, Shelburne Falls MA
Mailing address Town Office, 51 Bridge Street, Shelburne Falls MA 01370


Who we are

The Recreation Committee is an elected body consisting of five members which is responsible for advising the Board of Selectmen of all recreational needs of the town and establishing plans to meet those needs. Each member is elected for a five-year term.

What we do

The Recreation Committee schedules recreational activities for all age groups and oversees the general use and maintenance of the following recreational areas:

  • Cowell Gymnasium and tennis courts
  • Arms Academy Field
  • Little Mohawk Baseball Field
  • Playing fields located on the north end of the Buckland-Shelburne Elementary school.

Recreational Sports Opportunities For Kids:

Fall: September - October

West County Soccer:

  • Open to kids in the 9 hilltowns
  • K-6 grade.
  • 6 Saturdays, 1-1 ½ hours at the fields behind the Buckland-Shelburne Elementary School.
  • This is a developmental program, to engage kids in learning soccer, exercising, scrimmaging. Registration is free of charge, $10 for a West County Soccer t-shirt.
  • Coached by volunteers.
  • Contact: Jake Thurber, if interested in coaching or having your child join in the fun!

Find West County Soccer on FaceBook!

Winter: December - March

Cowell Gym Youth Basketball program:

  • Free drop-in basketball for K-6 grade girls & boys from Shelburne, Buckland and Colrain.
  • Run by volunteer parent coaches.
  • Practices are held at 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm or 7:00 pm, once a week per age/grade group
  • Skills and drills and short scrimmages. Kids are welcome to drop-in anytime throughout the winter. Clean sneakers for the gym are required. Fliers will be sent out in November in school folders plus information is posted on the calendar.
  • If interested in learning more or interested in coaching, please contact Diana Hardina (625-9921).

Ice Skating available at 111 Bridge Street when the weather is cold enough,

Spring: April - June 

West County Softball (has not run since 2019)

  • Grades 2-3 and Grades 4-6.
  • Practices and game schedule determined after registrations are collected.
  • A flier/registration is sent out in the school folders.
  • $25 fee for grades 2 and 3
  • $40 fee for grades 4, 5, 6 (Hilltown Girls Softball League)
  • Coached by volunteers 
  • Contact Norman Beebe (625-2904) if you have questions or are interested in coaching.

Shelburne Youth Baseball and T-ball April- June
Information about Baseball and T-ball is not currently available, please check back.

Spring/Summer/Fall: April- October 

Basketball, Tennis and Pickleball at the Cowell Gym's outdoor Community Courts. 

Walking and Hiking in Shelburne

There are great hiking trails in the town of Shelburne. Download the Shelburne Hiking Trails put together by the Shelburne Open Space Committee for some ideas. Copies can also be found at the town hall or the Shelburne Falls Visitor Center.

Recreational Sports Opportunities For Adults:

  • Basketball year round in the Cowell Gymnasium
  • Pickleball year round in the Cowell Gymnasium and at the Cowell Outdoor Courts
  • Senior Walk Jauary-March in the Cowell Gymnasium
  • Volleyball year round in the Cowell Gymnasium

Previous meetings:

Recreation Committee Meetings

Name Uploaded Date
   town recreation report 2020-1.pdf 2023-03-29 13:19:03
   town recreation report 2019-20.pdf 2020-06-18 15:35:15
   town recreation report 2018-9.pdf 2020-06-18 15:34:36
   town recreation report 2017-8.docx 2019-02-18 16:25:49
   town recreation report 2016-7.docx 2019-02-18 16:25:49
   town recreation report 2015-6.docx 2019-02-18 16:25:49
   town recreation report 2014-5.docx 2019-02-18 16:25:50
   town recreation report 2013-4.docx 2019-02-18 16:25:49
   town recreation report 2012-3.docx 2019-02-18 16:25:49
   Posting 9-16-22.pdf (View on Calendar) 2022-09-14 14:30:45
   Posting 8-12-21.pdf (View on Calendar) 2021-08-09 14:55:04
   Posting 8-12-21.doc 2022-07-28 12:17:31
   Posting 8-1-22.doc (View on Calendar) 2022-07-28 12:19:22
   Posting 6-6-22.doc (View on Calendar) 2022-06-02 15:31:31
   Posting 5-16-22.doc (View on Calendar) 2022-05-16 15:30:03
   Posting 5-10-23.pdf (View on Calendar) 2023-05-08 15:47:27
   Posting 4-20-21.doc (View on Calendar) 2021-04-20 15:34:50
   Posting 4-13-22.doc (View on Calendar) 2022-04-11 16:14:30
   Posting 4-12-23.pdf (View on Calendar) 2023-04-10 18:34:57
   Posting 3-9-23.pdf (View on Calendar) 2023-03-09 16:59:44
   Posting 3-26-21.doc (View on Calendar) 2021-03-26 18:17:32
   Posting 3-17-22.doc (View on Calendar) 2022-03-17 15:48:12
   Posting 2-8-23.pdf (View on Calendar) 2023-02-06 16:17:35
   Posting 12-9-21.doc (View on Calendar) 2021-12-07 18:34:53
   Posting 12-14-22.doc (View on Calendar) 2022-12-14 15:24:46
   Posting 10-14-22.pdf (View on Calendar) 2022-10-07 18:23:00
   Posting 1-7-21.pdf (View on Calendar) 2021-01-07 15:53:52
   minutes 2023-4-12.pdf 2023-05-22 17:13:56
   minutes 2023-2-8.pdf 2023-03-10 16:39:41
   minutes 2023-1-11.pdf 2023-03-09 17:02:20
   minutes 2022-9-16.pdf 2022-11-09 16:02:38
   minutes 2022-8-8.pdf 2022-09-22 15:21:29
   minutes 2022-6-6.pdf 2022-09-22 15:21:25
   minutes 2022-5-16.doc 2022-07-28 15:19:14
   minutes 2022-4-13.doc 2022-05-16 20:27:16
   minutes 2022-3-17.doc 2022-05-16 15:54:04
   minutes 2022-12-14.pdf 2023-03-09 17:13:03
   minutes 2022-11-9.pdf 2023-03-09 17:13:00
   minutes 2022-10-14.pdf 2022-11-09 20:40:40
   minutes 2021-5-27.doc 2022-05-16 16:30:02
   minutes 2021-4-20.pdf 2022-05-16 15:35:48
   minutes 2021-3-26.pdf 2022-05-16 15:35:39
   minutes 2021-12-9.doc 2022-05-16 15:54:02
   minutes 2020-7-16.pdf 2021-01-11 15:23:52
   minutes 2020-6-18.pdf 2020-07-16 19:29:38
   minutes 2020-5-28.pdf 2020-06-18 19:47:04
   minutes 2020-3-19.pdf 2020-06-18 15:45:19
   minutes 2020-11-10.pdf 2021-01-07 20:21:47
   minutes 2020-1-16.pdf 2020-06-18 15:44:36
   minutes 2019-9-16.pdf 2020-06-18 16:14:46
   minutes 2019-8-12.pdf 2020-06-18 16:14:27
   minutes 2019-7-1.pdf 2020-06-18 16:13:43
   minutes 2019-5-20.doc 2019-08-12 17:20:43
   minutes 2019-4-15.doc 2019-08-12 17:20:40
   minutes 2019-12-12.pdf 2020-06-18 16:00:15
   minutes 2019-11-21.pdf 2020-06-18 16:15:40
   minutes 2019-10-21.pdf 2020-06-18 16:15:11
   minutes 2019-1-21.doc 2019-02-18 20:42:32
   minutes 2018-9-17.doc 2019-02-18 16:16:55
   minutes 2018-8-20.doc 2019-02-18 16:17:44
   minutes 2018-4-16.doc 2019-02-18 16:12:07
   minutes 2018-12-17.doc 2019-02-18 20:42:32
   minutes 2018-11-12.doc 2019-02-18 20:42:32
   minutes 2018-10-15.doc 2019-02-18 16:12:06
   minutes 2018-1-8.doc 2019-02-18 16:15:38
   minutes 2017-12-14.pdf 2020-06-18 16:27:36