Mad River Valley Recreation District pronounces grant awards


This year, the Mad River Valley Recreation District (MRVRD) received 13 grant applications totaling $50,954 and was able to fund all 13 applications in whole or in part. After careful consideration of how its funds would be used, the MRVRD awarded $45,400, about $10,000 more than the previous year.

“The 13 organizations represent a broad spectrum of opportunities that promote community vitality, physical fitness, appreciation of nature and a high quality of life in the Mad River Valley,” said Board Chair Alice Rodgers. Pickleball and the MRV Dog Park applied The board of directors of the MRVRD (a Union Municipal District established in 1994) asks leaders of applying organizations, reviews applications, and awards grants to drive new initiatives, support basic maintenance, and continue important programs Community recreation for residents and visitors of all ages.

In 2023, MRVRD supports the following organizations with leisure grants:

  • Brooks Field received $3,500 for field maintenance.
  • The Couples Club received $6,000 — half to maintain and operate the Couples’ Field and half to move the bocce ball court to an on-site location where stray balls are less likely to be seen.
  • Harwood Youth Basketball was awarded $4,000 for adjustable baskets at Waitsfield Elementary School.
  • Mad River Little League awarded $5,000 for softball grandstands at Couples Field.
  • The Mad River Nordic/Mad River Bill Koch League (BKL) Club received $2,500 for an “event kit” that includes a 10 x 10 tent, bib numbers, wax box, coach radio, portal rental, etc .
  • Mad River Path received $2,000 for vegetation management.
  • Mad River Riders received $2,000 to rebuild the Busternut Trail.
  • Mad River Ridge Runners was paid $4,000 for tire changes, tool purchases, and annual groomer maintenance.
  • Mad River Valley Dog Park received $3,000 in advertising, mailing, events, incentives, etc. to support ongoing crowdfunding efforts.
  • Mad Valley Sports (the non-profit organization that hosts the Mad Marathon, Mad Half and Relays) received $5,000 for general event support and sponsorship of the relay races.
  • Pickleball was paid $1,400 for wheeled nets and equipment to keep the pitches clean.
  • Skatium received $3,000 for a new website with e-commerce functionality.
  • Warren Skatepark received $4,000 for concrete and other materials.

“The annual support of Waitsfield, Warren and Fayston provides critical funding for recreation programs, fields and trails critical to the quality of life and economy of the Mad River Valley as MRVRD grows to address challenges and opportunities and a long-standing tradition of to encourage civic engagement and collaboration,” said Laura Arnesen, Rec District Executive Director. To learn more about the strategic goals of the MRVRD and the recovery program, visit or contact Arnesen, MRVRD at This email address is being protected from spam bots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..