Recreation Study Committee

The Recreation Study Committee is comprised of 5 volunteer members and 3 alternates who are appointed by the Select Board.  The RSC was charged with identifying outdoor recreational areas and impacts on our town and providing  recommendations to be made for further action.


  • Deb Shelby, Chair (2 year term, expiring 2025)
  • Allison Smith, Vice Chair (2 year term, expiring 2025)
  • Merrick Gillies (2 year term, expiring 2025)
  • Rob Mullen (2 year term, expiring 2025)
  • Spencer Nowak (2 year term, expiring 2025)
  • Steve Barner (alternate) (2 year term, expiring 2025)
  • Pamela Gude (alternate) (2 year term, expiring 2025)
  • Rob Ricketson (alternate) (2 year term, expiring 2025)


The Recreation Study Committee meets monthly on the fourth Tuesday of the month, at 6 p.m.  Interested residents are always encouraged to attend.



Recreation Survey Data Overview

194 Bolton residents responded to the Recreation Survey!  Thank you to everyone who participated.  The survey represents a good geographic distribution of Bolton and residents’ thoughts on recreation obstacles and opportunities.  Almost everyone completed all the questions, including the open-ended questions providing lots of through-provoking comments for the RSC to mull over.

With almost 60 pages of data to consider, it will take the Bolton Recreation Study Committee a few months to analyze the data, discuss their findings, and develop a report and recommendations for the Select Board.  The report will be available in spring 2024.  Meanwhile, the RAW data is available below.   You’ll find the two formats: one red and one blue. The visualizations are slightly different and easier to read depending on your preference. In the red data includes some word cloud visualizations for the open-ended questions. The red data also includes a breakdown of recreational sites people visited most in the last year from Q7.

NOTE:  The documents below are RAW data.  There is NO analysis, explanation, or interpretation.

Red Data

Blue Data

Recreation Survey Infographic Summary


Recreation Study Committee Special Hybrid Meeting

Time: Jun 25, 2024 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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