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Our snowmobile is now fixed, and trail grooming has begun again!

All of Hubbard Park was groomed today, the 25th, and it is looking much more inviting.
Stop by for some fun, because it looks like we are going to have a warm week, finally!

Community Gardening in Montpelier

As the AmeriCorps VISTA member serving with Montpelier Parks, I have been hearing that there is a need and interest for additional community gardens, and I would love to help create these! I think the downtown area would be an ideal space for some form of community gardening because it would be easily accessible for many. A small-scale garden downtown could also be a great introduction to growing food for people who are interested in learning. There are many approaches to community gardening, and I’m interested in exploring all of the options in order to find the best one for the people and the place involved.

Any garden space, particularly one serving an area of Montpelier that does not have a community garden, would be helpful and exciting! The present community gardens have been a great asset in our community. They are a chance for people to grown their own healthy food, save money, and engage in one of our most popular recreational activities. Community gardening has a host of benefits, including connecting like-minded and caring community members, providing fresh and affordable food, and improving neighborhood awareness and connectedness.

I am hoping to start this conversation with community members who would like to be involved in some capacity. This could mean taking on some key roles in the function of a garden, suggesting spaces downtown that may be open to this idea, or helping with the design and creation phase. If you have a space that you may be willing to use for a wonderful and green community area, please reach out so that we can discuss the possibilities further! I would appreciate hearing any ideas and thoughts you have on community garden possibilities. Contact me here!

“The first supermarket supposedly appeared on the American landscape in 1946. That is not very long ago. Until then, where was all the food? Dear folks, the food was in homes, gardens, local fields, and forests. It was near kitchens, near tables, near bedsides. It was in the pantry, the cellar, the backyard.”  -- Joel Salatin, Folks, This Ain't Normal: A Farmer's Advice for Happier Hens, Healthier People, and a Better World

Talented Volunteers Needed for Wood-Working & Public Education Projects
We are seeking out skilled volunteers to help us complete some interesting projects, while offering our trainees and volunteers useful lessons and experience! Check out the positions below, and keep an eye out for more in the near future. If you are interested in any of these positions, or have some other fun ideas, contact our AmeriCorps member, Sophie! 

Fitness Trail Signage 
Looking for a volunteer or group of volunteers that would be interested in helping Montpelier Parks update the signage on our fitness trail. The fitness trail runs through hubbard park and includes numerous stations with different, fun workouts for visitors to try. The signs for each workout station are fading and outdated. We would love to find some volunteers interested in photography and signage layout to help us replace these signs! We are hoping to find volunteers that would like to work with our own trainees and volunteers in order to show them your design and creation process!

Nature Trail Interpretive Signage
We are looking for volunteers interested in outdoor education to join us on an exciting project! We are hoping to update our nature trail with new, interpretive signage related to the various ecosystems and forest types that the trail passes through. These range from hillsides and various forest types to springs, a vernal pool, and a wetland. We would like to create signage for different spots that could change with the season and engage the reader. Another part of this process would include working with our trainees and volunteers to create the signs, so that they could benefit from your knowledge as well!

Natural Playground Structure Design & Build
Looking for volunteers to lead Montpelier Parks trainees and volunteers in making some fun natural playground features for a play area in Hubbard Park! These will be made from logs, branches, and other interesting natural materials found in the park. We are looking for someone who is creative and can imagine fun play elements, while also keeping the safety of children in mind. The focus of this play area is on music from nature. Some wooden xylophones have already been created and we would love to expand this idea with wooden drums and more. The perfect volunteers should have good woodworking skills, and be able to share those with the trainees and volunteers through good leadership and supervision. We would like this to be an educational and engaging building experience for all!

Wooden Sign Makers
We are looking for a volunteer(s) to help us create better trail signage while offering their advice and expertise to our trainees and volunteers. Sign making will be done primarily with a router, so we are looking for people with experience using this tool, who pay close attention to details.The perfect volunteers will have woodworking experience, as well as leadership and supervision skills to make sure that jobs are done well and safely.

National Life Trail Railing
Montpelier Parks is looking for a skilled woodworker to help us design and create an artistic, curved railing for the National Life trail. This railing will be placed on a steep area of the trail to make use safer. We are hoping to find a woodworker who is interested in leading this project while showing our trainees and volunteers how it’s done!

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.

Although visibility is better during sticks season, please remain
cautious and aware while coming from either direction! Thank you!


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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Check out pictures of the parks, current projects we are working on,
upcoming event information, trail conditions and more!

 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

Hubbard Park
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