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Mill Pond Park

History
The Mill Pond Park was added to the Montpelier Parks system in 2004 and turned into a beautiful space in 2005.  Thanks to two weeks of help from a VT Youth Conservation Corps (VYCC) crew, a week of work from group from International Volunteers for Peace and a number of community volunteers and Park staff, we removed an old house and it's foundation, sculpted the site,  planted numerous trees, riverbank plants and native flowers (including blueberries), worked on removing invasive species, put in a pathway, a set of steps, built the large "stone bench" and a place for launching boats.

Why call it Mill Pond Park? We are told that the dam down river was put in to create water power for a mill, and the dam subsequently created a pond behind it. Hence the name, "Mill Pond Park!"


Partners in the creation of Mill Pond Park
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Support for this project was generously provided by the VT Housing & Conservation Board, as well as the State of Vermont's Land and Water Conservation Fund. Additionally, much work for the project was provided by the VYCC crew and a crew from International Volunteers for Peace.

Additional Volunteers:

  • Jane Werly: a huge help planning and planting the Mill Pond park;
  • Tino Obrien: Stone bench hero, key person in making the beautiful stone bench in the Mill Pond park;
  • Tony Facos: diving help to clean up the river near the mill pond park;
  • Staff from the Trust for Public Lands who volunteered half a day on the Mill Pond Park.
  • VYCC crew, two weeks of crucial help cleaning up the rubble from the old house
  • Volunteers for Peace group, three weeks of vital help building the park
Description
Montpelier's Mill Pond Park is located on the east side of Elm Street (Route 12), approximately 1/4 mile north of the Elm Street Cemetery. The park has several hundred feet of frontage on the North Branch River, and includes a boat launch, numerous wooden benches, and a beautiful set of stone steps that also serve as a river viewing bench.

Vegetation & Habitat
The Mill Pond Park is small, but it boasts several large Elm trees, and a small riparian plant community along the bank of the North Branch River.

 

Wooden benches Stone "steps" boat launch

Regulations Due to limited parking space, there is a 30 minute parking restriction. Parking in front of the park is intended for boat users and short park visits. Remember, all parks have a Carry In - Carry Out policy. Keep our parks beautiful... Take only pictures and leave only footprints! 


Maps
The following map is available for downloading. It is in Adobe Acrobat Reader format (PDF). You can download a free copy of the Reader via this link: Adobe Reader.
  • Mill Pond Park Location and Detail Map - coming soon