Mill Pond Park
The Mill Pond Park was added to the Montpelier Parks system in 2004 and turned into a beautiful space in 2005. This project was thanks to two weeks of help from a Vermont Youth Conservation Corps (VYCC) crew, a week of work from an International Volunteers for Peace group, a number of community volunteers, and our own Montpelier Parks staff. As a team we were able to remove an old house and its foundation, then sculpt the site. Then we planted numerous trees, riverbank plants and native flowers (including blueberries), worked on removing invasive species, and put in a pathway, a set of steps, the large "stone bench", and a place for launching boats.
Why is it named Mill Pond Park? We are told that the dam down the river was put in to create water power for a mill, and the dam subsequently created a pond behind it. Hence the name!
Partners in the creation of Mill Pond Park
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.
Jane Werly: A huge help planning and planting the Mill Pond park
Tino Obrien: Our stone bench hero, the 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 for half of a day at the Mill Pond Park
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.
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 by taking only pictures and leaving only footprints!