Vermont Business Magazine Earlier today, crews began putting up construction fencing at City Hall Park to prepare for construction of park improvements. The park will be closed to the public starting today, with a goal of re-opening in fall of 2020. With this work, the city will be embarking on the first substantial improvement to the park in years. Opponents of the renovation have so far failed in their legal action to stop the project. They have vigorously fought against removing many of the trees targeted for removal.
Summary of City Hall Park Improvements
The City Hall Park improvement project is designed to reinvigorate this vital public space in the heart of Burlington's downtown.
When work is complete, City Hall Park will be home to 48 healthy trees with room to grow (compared with 51 trees today, more than half of which are in declining health), more than 1,500 new perennials and grasses, two new rain gardens to mitigate stormwater runoff and soil erosion, pervious pavers that help increase accessibility and focus foot traffic away from lawns, realigned park paths that allow for greater accessibility and healthier trees, better accommodations for the Farmers Market on busy summer Saturdays, a multi-functional fountain, new public art, and double the amount of seating within the park.
The City Hall Park improvements will create a park that is greener, more accessible, and better suited to its use in the center of the city.
This project is the culmination of a revitalization effort that began with more than 500 Burlingtonians participating in the Reimagine City Hall Park planning process in 2011, and continuing through more than 20 public meetings that spanned 2016-2018. For a full history of the project and more information, see: enjoyburlington.com/city-hall-parks-faqs/
Construction Period Impacts
Sidewalks - The construction will require complete sidewalk closure on the east side of St. Paul Street and the south side of College Street. The sidewalk on Main Street will remain open, with construction entrances that cross the sidewalk and minimal closures as needed to accommodate construction.
Parking - Construction will result in the temporary closure of some parking spaces adjacent to the park, beginning with the east side of St. Paul Street and College Street near the north side of the park. The City is working with the contractor to minimize space closures until public parking is re-opened on the blocks of St. Paul Street that are currently under construction, and the public should be aware of signs and meter bags that will indicate which parking spaces are available. Three spaces on Main Street near City Hall will also be impacted by a construction gate. For information about all the nearby available parking, please see the newly designed Park Burlington Map.
Learn all about the design plans, sign up for e-mail updates, and follow the project's progress on our website: enjoyburlington.com/city-hall-park-improvements
About Burlington Parks, Recreation & Waterfront
The Burlington Parks, Recreation & Waterfront department oversees all of Burlington's 37 Parks, 550+ Acres of Open Space, 3 Public Beaches, Street Trees & Greenways, Community Gardens, 3 Cemeteries, Miller Recreation Center, Leddy Ice Arena, Campground, Boathouse Marina and all Recreation Programs. It is the Department's mission to connect diverse and dynamic public spaces and programs that grow, inspire, and create inclusive social interaction through land, water, and people.
Source: BPRW 7.10.2019. enjoyburlington.com