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The Enchanted Forest 

Saturday, October 11th
4 to 8 
pm

Bundle up & join us for a magical walk through Hubbard Park in Montpelier on 
its 115th Anniversary!

Explore the enchanting side of nature with theatre, storytelling, wagon rides for children, candlelit trails & much more. 

Tickets can be purchased through the Montpelier City Clerk's office at City Hall or by calling (802) 223-9500.

Make sure to purchase tickets in advance to guarantee entrance, however walk-ins are welcome.

In Advance Prices: $4 Child $8 Adult & $20 Family
    Walk-In Prices: $5 Child $10 Adult & $25 Family

To Volunteer contact Montpelier Parks at (802) 223-7335

Proceeds benefit trail restoration work & bridge replacement in North Branch Park




We are searching for any pumpkin, butternut squash, or acorn squash donations so that we can plan our Enchanted Forest event! They will be used for carving so that we can make Hubbard Park look magical and inviting. The event would be October 11th if we can figure something out soon. Let us know if you have ideas or crops! Feel free to e-mail me at Sophie.Halpin.VISTA@gmail.com too.

Thanks neighbors!


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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Thank you International Volunteers!

We want to thank our latest group of wonderful International Volunteers for Peace!  Seven volunteers from around the world arrived July 6th and will be here to help improve our parks through July 25th! They have helped us remove our old, failing pole barn and get started on our new pole barn, and have been a huge help in building the new stone steps leading up to Blanchard Park.
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Here the volunteers relax with AmeriCorps VISTA, Stephanie after a long day of work.

 

The Month of Volunteers
Written by: Stephanie Olsen
AmeriCorps VISTA
June 4th, 2014

This May was a busy month for us at the Parks Department and an even more productive time for all of our parks. We had an outstanding number of volunteers in such a short time amount of time. We have had over 500 plus documented volunteer hours and many more hours that are being accounted for! Various school groups reached out and have given back to the parks that they have all used year round. I wanted to take a minute to really appreciate all of the volunteers we have had this May. They did a lot of different tasks and really contribute to their community. I know everyone at the Parks Department and all of the community who uses parks really appreciate the work and effort they have done! 
 
 
On May 23rd We had the entire senior class from Montpelier High School finish up their school career at Montpelier High School by coming and doing projects around the park. They were part of pulling invasive plants around the city and in North Branch River Park, Stabilizing banks at Blanchard Park, Cleaning up the Peace Park, and doing Landscaping at the Tower in Hubbard Park. We had a total of around 75 seniors plus a number of MHS Staff on that day for a few hours. They accomplished so much around the city and should be proud of the work they have done. 

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A group of Seniors worked at Blanchard Park to stabilize the hillside.

The following week on May 30th, we had the entire 5th grade class from Union Elementary School also partake in a service project at Hubbard Park. They displayed an endless amount of energy and a willingness to learn about our environment. They reset culverts, cleaned out drainage ditches and swales, wood chipped trails, and spread wood chips around the Old Shelter. They also got a huge amount done for Hubbard Park! It was great to see these students working together as a team to get the maximum amount done and have fun doing it! 

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A crew of 5th graders work together to clean out swales. 

Earlier in the month we had a class from the Pacem School plant about 10 trees along the riverside at the North Branch River Park at the Invasive Trail to help displace Japanese Knotweed. We have also had YouthBuild come and replace the culvert on the Fitness Trail. A group from Barre Technical Center has also been coming in regularly and helping us with our fight against the invasive Tartarian Honeysuckle in North Branch River Park and also doing some trail work and saving a damaged culvert from this winter's ice build ups. 

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Students from Barre Technical Center pull Tartarian Honeysuckle at North Branch River Park 
 
Again, the work these volunteers put into the parks was incredible. It was a pleasure to work with each volunteer and a see all of the work that was accomplished. Thank you to all of our volunteers! Please know that you have truly made a difference in your community! 


Volunteer Tracker 2014

As of June 4, 2014

Total Hours: 904
Total Volunteers214

January: 269
February: 29
March: 65
April: 40
May: 501

Montpelier has a wonderful community who generously donates their time to helping to keep Montpelier Parks clean and beautiful! It always is amazing to see how many hours every year community members donate. Here is a fun way to keep track of how many hours people are donating and how many volunteers help out at the park. 

If you are you interested in volunteering at the park, call the park office at 802-223-7335 or email Parks Director Geoff Beyer at Geoffbeyer@gmail.com
 

 
MONTPELIER PARKS OFFICIAL FACEBOOK PAGE!

Like the Montpelier Parks OFFICIAL page on Facebook!

Check out pictures of the park, fun facts about Vermont's wildlife, plants and natural history, projects happening at the park, and updates on events at the parks!! 

www.facebook.com/MontpelierParks


 Firewood for Sale

Ultra sustainably harvested firewood for sale. 
A variety of lengths available, including some short chunks for relatively cheap.
Some ash lumber also available.
Proceeds assist park projects.

Lumber available
Some cherry and white ash available. You can also get an order for special dimensions as we will likely mill up a few trees in the near future.
Email for info

 
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
1.
Parks Greenprint is a map of the vision
2.  
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 and Recreation Events
www.montpelierrec.org/events
 
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