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!
Stephanie Olsen's completes two years VISTA service in Montpelier Parks
Stephanie has given two years of VISTA service to Montpelier and it's parks, trees and conservation work. The park commission and I want to publicly thank her for the tremendous amount of work she has helped facilitate around Montpelier. Stephanie has organized volunteer events, supervised countless groups to do a wide variety of park improvements, support local community gardens, river bank improvements, invasive plant management, planting and caring for downtown trees and the tree nursery.
Thank you, Stephanie!!!
Stephanie (in red shirt above), helped to led a group task on a day that local mountain bike club (MAMBA) was helping us do some important work fixing up the mountain bike path in the North Branch Park.
Stephanie wearing her t-shirt she won as a prize for doing the best in her class in a chainsaw training workshop!
Thank you, Steph!!!!!
Chainsaw Training Opportunity
There is room in a Level 1 chainsaw training workshop, this next Tuesday, August 12, 8am to 4pm, for 2 more people. The trainer is from the Northeast Woodland Training program and the certification is from "Games of Logging". This training is a highly respected and high quality training program. More information can be found at :
Contact Montpelier Parks soon if you are interested.
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.
Here the volunteers relax with AmeriCorps VISTA, Stephanie after a long day of work.
The Month of Volunteers
Written by: Stephanie Olsen
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.
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!
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.
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 Volunteers: 214
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
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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.
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, or .....