Parks & Recreation Activities
Come and see Youth Basketball at its best in Gilford during the 22nd Annual Francoeur/Babcock Memorial Basketball Tournament taking place at the Gilford Middle School from Thursday, March 5th to Sunday, March 8th, 2015. This invitational tournament is held in memory of Aaron T. Francoeur who was a thirteen year old Gilford Middle/High School student when he succumbed to cancer in the summer of 1993. Nathan Babcock’s Name was added in 2006 after he lost his battle with cancer in the fall of 2005. Since Aaron’s death, the Aaron T. Francoeur Memorial Scholarship Fund, in conjunction with the Lakes Region Scholarship Foundation, was established to give financial aid to deserving Gilford High School graduates who are furthering their post high school education. Many former players and scholarship recipients return each year to help at the tournament, be it officiating, scoring, timing, selling tickets and t-shirts, or working at the concession stand.
The tournament this year will consist of the following divisions and teams:
Junior (Coed) Division (Grades 3 and 4) - Gilford, Gilmanton, Lou Athanas and Sanbornton
Senior Girls Division (Grades 5 and 6) - Gilford, Belmont, Lou Athanas and Pines/Sanbornton
Senior Boys Division (Grades 5 and 6) - Gilford, Belmont, Lou Athanas and Sanbornton
Please click on the files below to download the tournament bracket for each division
We are offering a weekly curling program for Adults ages 18 and up! Curling is the sport of sliding "stones" down the ice in an attempt to get your "stones" closer to the target than your opponent. Although this activity takes place on the ice, participants do not wear ice skates. Participants should dress to be outside and should wear sneakers or boots.
Where: Arthur A. Tilton Gilford Ice Rink
When: Thursday evenings 6:30-7:30 pm; January 15 - February 26
Who: Adults ages 18 and up
Cost: $2.00 per evening. You can register the first evening you participate.
Please click below to download the program flyer or registration form.
We are offering a number of Snowshoe Hikes for adults on Tuesday mornings throughout the winter. Participants will meet at the Gilford Town Hall at 9:30am prior to each hike.
Fees: $1.00 per hike or $5.00 for the season
Snowshoes Rentals available for $4.00 per hike (limited supply available)
January 13 - Ramblin' Vewe Farm, Gilford 2 miles
January 20 - Bolduc Park, Gilford 2 miles
January 27 - Ahern State Park, Laconia 2 miles
February 3 - Weeks Woods, Gilford 2 miles
February 10 - Wakuewan Highlands Park, Meredith 1.5 miles
February 17 - Prescott Farm Audubon Center, Laconia 1.5 miles
March 3 - GES Nature Trails, Gilford 1.5 miles
Click on the links below to download the program flyer and registration form.
- Gilford's Arthur A. Tilton Ice Rink is open daily from late December through early March as conditions allow. Ice Rink telephone number is 293-0692.
Arthur A. Tilton Ice Rink Schedule
Dawn – 10:00 am Open Skating
10:00 am – 12:00 pm Stick and Puck (Ages 13 and Under)
12:00 pm – 3:30 pm Open Skating
3:30 pm – Dusk Stick and Puck (Ages 14 and Up)
(No Sticks and Pucks Allowed During Open Skating)
Rink Not Supervised, Skate At Your Own Risk!
Schedule is subject to change at discretion of the Parks and Recreation Department
For information on rink rentals for private games/parties, please contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 527-4722
We are sponsoring a bus trip in the summer of 2015 to watch the Boston Red Sox play at historic Fenway Park!
Friday, July 31st vs the Tampa Bay Rays
Bus departs Gilford at 3:30 p.m. for a 7:10 p.m. game
Cost: $65.00 per person or $240.00 for a four pack
Please Click the below links to download trip flyer and registration form.
A fun week long camp where children will learn about robotics through the fun of LEGO!
June 22-26 in the Gilford Middle School (9:00am - 3:00pm)
Amusement Park Thrill Rides & Stop Animation Ages: 6-9 $310
Channel your inner Master Builder and create your very own LEGO amusement park thrill rides where everything is awesome! Build some amazing amusement park thrill rides with motors and gears. Students will build: Merry Go Rounds, Tea Cups Rides, Tilt A Whirl, motorized LEGO cars and many more. During the afternoon create your very own LEGO Stop Animations, just like The Lego Movie! Double Decker couches welcome.
Click HERE to Register
Minecraft / Redstone Circuits, Robotics & Stop Motion Animation: Ages 9-13 $310
3D Game Design students will utilize various Minecraft skills to customize and create their own legendary worlds! Students will learn about creating electrical circuits using Redstone. This will help students create features like functioning doors and trap doors that operate at the push of a button. Throughout the week students will build LEGO: Zombies, Creepers, Steve, Enderman and a LEGO city integrating electricity with their LEGO structures, then program their robots through the Minecraft maze. During the afternoon students will create LEGO motorized cars and stop animation videos. Students are encouraged to work in partners or may BTOD.
Click HERE to Register
Shooter's Gold is a week-long basketball camp run under the direction of Coach Paul Hogan. The camp will focus on the fundamentals of basketball including proper shooting form, post moves and how to play the game.
Camp will be held in the Gilford Middle School from July 6-10, 2015
Session I 8:00-10:00am for children entering grades 1-4
Session II 8:00am-12:10pm for children entering grades 5-8
Please click HERE to download the registration form off the Shooter's Gold website.
A week long soccer camp with coaches from Great Britain. This camp will focus on skill development through a variety of fun games, while also education participants of the culture of many soccer loving countries.
Dates: July 13-17, 2015
Location: Gilford Village Field
Half Day: Ages 6-12 from 9:00am-12:00noon $126.00
Mini Soccer: Ages 3-5 from 5:00-6:30pm $94.00
Register online before May 29th to receive a Free Jersey!
Please click HERE to register on the Challenger Sports website
- Senior Moment-um is an active senior adult program that meets regularly on Mondays. This program is open to residents of Gilford and the surrounding communities
Please RSVP to the Gilford Parks and Recreation Department by the date specified, by calling the office at 527-4722. All RSVP’s must go thru the office and not email.!
March 2 – Pizza Hut Buffet
Okay – we are going to try this again!!! Hopefully, no snow this time! We will meet at Pizza Hut in Laconia at 11:15 AM for lunch. The buffet is full of salad ingredients, various types of pizza, pasta, and breadsticks. Each participant is responsible for their own lunch cost, which is $5.00 for the buffet plus drink cost. Please join us for a “delicious” good time!!!
March 9 – Easy No Bake Chocolate Chip Nut Bars
Come join us and our special guest “chef” Wendy Tetrault as she walks us through the steps of making this simple, super tasty chocolate treat. We will meet in the Fellowship Hall at the Gilford Community Church at 11:30 AM. Bring your lunch and come check out this great snack idea!
March 16 – Breakfast and a Movie
In honor of St. Patty’s Day, we will be watching “Leap Year” at 9:00 AM in the Fellowship Hall at the Gilford Community Church. “Leap Year” is a romantic comedy film starring Amy Adams and Matthew Goode. The film is about a woman who heads to Ireland to ask her boyfriend to accept her wedding proposal on leap day, when tradition supposedly holds that men cannot refuse a woman’s proposal for marriage. Breakfast will be corned beef hash and eggs. The breakfast cost will be $2.00 per person, and we will also have coffee and tea available free of charge. Please RSVP by March 12 and let us know if you will be having breakfast. Please come and join us for a “wee” bit of fun!
March 18 – GHS Dinner and a Show (Weds.): “All In The Timing”
Please come join us for dinner followed by the Gilford High School Drama Club’s performance of “All In The Timing,” consisting of 6 short plays. We will meet in the Gilford High School cafeteria for a 5:00 PM dinner, sponsored and provided by the GHS Interact Club. Dinner will be followed by the performance. This event is FREE, but reservations and cancellations are mandatory. Please RSVP to the Gilford Parks and Recreation Department Office at 527-4722 in order to make your reservation. Space is limited. Please note that the doors do not open until 4:45 PM.
March 23 – Let’s Get Physical!!!
Want to shake off the winter doldrums and get a little exercise? We will be meeting at the Gilford Community Center (adjacent to the Gilford Community Church) at 10:00 AM for an introduction and tour of their fitness room, lead by Center Director Scott Hodsdon and Mary Flynn. Many of the pieces of equipment are from a former Curves facility and allow each individual to work out with low impact at his or her own pace and ability. Future use of the room will be available for those who are interested. So please come and check out this easy exercise/fitness option.
March 30 – Oatmeal Rolls
Just in time to prepare for your Easter dinner (or any dinner for that matter!). Per your request at the “chocolate mousse brownie” get-together, our favorite guest chef Grace Herbert will be returning to share with us her recipe for oatmeal rolls. We will meet in the Fellowship Hall at the Gilford Community Church at 11:00 AM. Bring your lunch and join us as we learn this new and delicious recipe!
April 6 – Bowling at Funspot
Today we’re going to hit the lanes for some great bowling fun! We will meet at the bowling counter at Funspot in the Weirs at 10:30 AM. You’ll have a choice of candlepin or tenpin. The cost will be $4.00 per game, which includes free shoe rental. After bowling, if you’re up for it, you can hang out and try your luck at some of the games or grab a slice of pizza. So come join us…and have a “BALL”!!
April 13 – Card Making
Gilford resident Karen Poirier of Karen’s Creations will be coming in
to give us a demonstration/workshop of her handcrafted cards for any and all occasions. Each of us will also get to make 2 of our very own cards to take home. The cost of the program will be $5.00, which includes all supplies and materials and your own two handmade creations. We will meet at 10:30 AM in the Fellowship Hall at the Gilford Community Church, and the program should last approximately a little over an hour. Be sure to bring your lunch to eat after the program – exerting all those “creative juices” will surely make you work up an appetite! Please RSVP by Thursday, April 9 to the Parks and Recreation Department Office so we can plan accordingly for the supplies and materials we will need.
April 20 – Happy Birthday to ………Everyone!!
Today we will be celebrating everyone’s birthday! Let’s face it, young or old alike, we all like a PARTY!!! We will meet at 11:00 AM in the Fellowship Hall at the Gilford Community Church. Bring your lunch to eat prior to start of the festivities. If possible, we ask everyone to bring a picture of themselves from their childhood (the younger the better!) to share with the group. We will also be compiling a master birthday list with everyone’s month and day (no year!). We’ll have cake and balloons, and even a couple of party games! Be sure not to miss out on the FUN!!!
April 22 – Game Day (Wednesday)
The Interact and Early Act Clubs from all three of our Gilford Schools will be hosting a game afternoon from 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM at the Gilford High School cafeteria. The afternoon will feature card games, board games, and refreshments. Please plan to join us for this fun-filled time with this great group of young people!
For more information or to RSVP, please call the Parks and Recreation Department at 527-4722
A fun pick-up volleyball program for adults age 18+ of all abilities.
- Tuesday evenings from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. in the Gilford Middle School Gym.
- Program runs from Sept. 30, 2014 - May 19, 2015 (program will not run during certain days that the gym is unavailable - holidays, school functions, town voting, etc.)
- Cost: $2.00/per day
- Register at the Gym the first evening you play.
- Click on the links below to download the registration form.
Adult Volleyball Registration 14
Thank You to everyone who helped to make our 2014 Old Home Day Celebration such as success! Our 2015 Old Home Day has been set for Saturday, August 29th, 2015.
For more information, please call the Parks and Recreation Office at 527-4722.
Gilford Old Home Day Schedule of Events 14