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ORS is sponsoring an absolutely free
Snowshoe Romp in Hubbard Park!
Friday, January 30th from 6-8 pm

All ages and abilities are welcome. Meet up at the Old Shelter in Hubbard Park, where you can borrow snowshoes or strap on your own. We recommend bringing a headlamp, although the trail will be lit by lanterns! The romp will end with a fire and hot cocoa back at the shelter. For more information check out the event on the Onion River Sports website, here.
We enjoy this free event every year!!!!

ion River Sports is sponsoring the 6th Annual
Frozen Onion Bike Race
Sunday, February 1st from 9-11:30 am in Hubbard Park

While there i
s a charge for this event, ALL PROCEEDS will benefit  Mountain Moxies Sparks, a program that helps make young women able to ride!
Please note mountain bike riding on trails is NOT normally permitted in Hubbard Park. Per
mission has been given for a very few special events, this being one of them. 

Park regulars, please note the time and route of this event so you will be able to watch or avoid these trails during this event.
Signage around Hubbard Park marks the trails where you would likely encounter numerous racers during the event this Sunday morning. If you walk trails during the event we ask that you yield to the competitors so that everyone can have a safe and enjoyable experience. A loop near the old shelter is likely to be the only one not affected by the event Sunday morning.

Trails in the North Branch River Park will be available and should be nicely groomed for skiing or walking.

If you have any questions or concerns you are welcome to contact Tristan at Onion River Sports by calling (802) 229-9409 or Geoff at the Parks by calling (802) 223-7335.

Thank you!

Thank you to everyone that made Ice on Fire such an incredible event this year! Despite the cold, we had an amazing turnout of wonderful volunteers and community members who helped male the event especially magical this year! There were some incredible performances, storytellers, and games for everyone. Volunteer help over the past few weeks made the snow features extra exciting this year, as we were able to create three igloos, a quinzhee, a slide area, and an incredible entranceway.We are so thankful for the community support that fuels Ice on Fire each year. Thank you all!


Thanks to the U-32 VYCC group
for giving so much of their time to help us prepare for Ice on Fire over the past two weeks!
We had a blast getting so much work done with you all!

Thanks to the Barre Vocational Tech Group
that helped us begin preparations for the Ice On Fire Deep Winter Celebration Event!
They started work on the christmas tree maze and Igloo.
Thank you!

Trail Conditions link to keep track
of grooming efforts in the parks!

Parkway Road entrance now two way for winter!

The Park Way entrance to Hubbard Park off of Spring Street is now open to two way traffic for the winter. This makes driving down from the park much safer, as the Winter Street route can be very slippery and dangerous due to the steep slope.

Though visibility is much improved with leaves down there is still reasons for drivers from both directions to be cautious.

Happy trails!!!

Thank You to All Who Were Able to Support the
Enchanted Forest

We received essential donations and some amazing volunteers thanks to...

Settlement Farm 
Vermont Technical College's Orchard
Burtt's Orchard
Capitol Copy
Tractor Supply Co.
Shaw's Supermarket
Bragg Farm
New England Culinary Institute
U-32 High School

Thank you to all of our neighbors who came to the event and supported Montpelier Parks!

Youth Build Projects This Fall
Montpelier Parks has teamed up with Youth Build many times in the past and is always impressed by their hard work!

Last week's group raked Summer Street Park and the Hubbard Park roads before lots of rain came our way. This made the parks safer for everyone brave enough to adventure in the rain.

This week's Youth Build students worked on e re-building a garden shed to make it usable and attractive. They will practice their construction skills alongside their AmeriCorps leader and the Parks crew. 

We look forward to many more collaborations with Youth Build!

New Natural Play Area in Hubbard Park
The first element of our new natural play area at Hubbard Park is ready! Thanks to the team woodworking class at Yestermorrow Design/Build School for making the funky main piece of this play structure! You can find it by the ball fields behind the beautiful field maze. 


Welcoming Our New AmeriCorps VISTA member to the Parks

As sad as it was to say goodbye to our previous AmeriCorps member, Stephanie, we are excited to have a new AmeriCorps VISTA, Sophie, working at the parks. Sophie recently graduated from the University of Vermont with a degree in environmental science and is excited to get to work. She hopes to to do a lot of community projects and start some fun programs in the parks, so feel free to contact her with your unique ideas! You can also
contact her about volunteering opportunities and more!


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 Park Commission Planning Documents
Working drafts of a Park commission vision for city parks and trails in Montpelier.
Click on links (in blue) to download a copy of the vision or description
Parks Greenprint is a map of the vision
Description of the vision as proposed by the Parks Commission
How the vision could happen is through purchase, grants and/ or donations

Link to Montpelier Recreation Department Events

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