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Reporting Incidents
If there is an inappropriate incident in the park that you would like to report please do so by filling out the the form in the link below and mailing it or emailing it in or call the parks or police department.
Park 223-7335
Police 223-3445

Given open records laws we cannot guarantee an anonymous report if you provide your name, but we can do our best if you would prefer this. Providing your name may help us provide meaningful follow up.

Click here to download incident report form.

Please email to:
Montpelier Parks
39 Main St.
Montpelier, VT 05602
or email:
gbeyer@montpelier-vt.org

The Sledding Hill in Hubbard Park
Winter brings many sledders of all ages out to Hubbard Park. Please read the guidelines for the Sledding Hill in Hubbard Park and follow them for your safety and others.
Thank you!

Sledding Hill Guidelines
For your safety and the safety of others

1. Be in control at all times
Do whatever it takes to...
Keep yourself and others from being hurt!
Have fun and allow others to have fun!


2. Stay out of the road
Big heavy objects (cars) may not see you, or may be slipping themselves!
Be able to part with sled (fall off) to miss hitting others, trees, cars.

3. Walk up the hill on one side or the other
This allows others to use the hill without running over you

4.“Bigger” people take extra care!
Banging into someone half your sizecan be harmful.
Plus younger, smaller people may have trouble paying attention.


5. Jumps on sides and top half of hill ONLY!
To avoid accidental jumping/injury

6. Feel free to sled down from half way when conditions are fast or hard
There are smaller hills either to the right or above the main sledding hill that
may be more appropriate for the little sledders or during icy conditions.
Smaller children can use the shorter hill to the right.


Dogs
The City of Montpelier Dog Ordinance states that dogs must "be under control at all times". While in Montpelier Parks under "control" means the dog will return to the owner in response to voice commands before the dog presents itself as a threat to another park visitor. The control should make it possible for the owner to prevent dogs from charging other visitors as well as preventing them from harassing wildlife. A dog must be in sight to be under control.  If a dog does not respond to verbal control in enough time to stop from charging visitors a leash or other appropriate restraint should be used.

Here is a link to download the city ordinance: 
Montpelier Dog Ordinance

Canine Code of Conduct for Hubbard Park
• Dogs are welcome in Hubbard Park and may be off leash.
• City Ordinance requires dogs to be under voice control or leashed at all times.
• Always keep your dog in sight.
• Don't assume others want to interact with your dog.
• Carry a leash for each dog you walk, and be prepared to leash your dog as needed.
• Dog owners must pick up after their dogs. Use receptacles provided
or carry out.
• Dogs must have current rabies vaccine.

Canine Code of Conduct for North Branch River Park
• Dogs are welcome in North Branch River Park and must be on a leash at all times.
• City Ordinance requires dogs to be under voice control or leashed.
• Don't assume others want to interact with your dog.
• Dog owners must pick up after their dogs. Use receptacles provided or carry out.
• Dogs must have current rabies vaccine.
History of the Park canine code of conduct. The original code of conduct was developed by a group consisting of the Parks Director, two concerned non dog owners and two dog owners after a large public meeting (2001 or 2002). Another group finished updating the code in the fall of 2013.

It is important to the Park Commission and park staff that ALL park visitors enjoy their visits to the parks and ask everyone to do what they can to help make that happen.
Thank you!

Bicycles
Bikes are NOT allowed on any trails in Hubbard Park. In Hubbard Park bicycles can be ridden on all roads, whether they are open or closed to motor vehicles (Except during mud season).

There is one trail in the North Branch River Park where biking is allowed. The trailhead is on Cummings Street on the right about one hundred yards before the end of the road. The mountain bike trail connects to the East Montpelier trail system where biking is also allowed. Click here to download the East Montpelier Trail Map

Biking is limited in the park to reduce the number of trail user conflicts. The parks have a history of more passive uses. For example ten walkers may never see each other since they travel at the same rate. One biker may pass all ten and each of them may be alarmed at the speed of which they are approached.

An important goal for park use is a safe and hopefully peaceful retreat.

Parking and Vehicles
Parking is only allowed in designated parking areas in the park. Vehicles are not allowed in the park during mud season. Mud season is weather dependent but is generally in late March and early April. 

Fires
Fires are allowed in designated fire places around the park. Cutting or harvesting of wood in the park is prohibited. Gathering fallen or dead branches is allowed for use in designated park fire pits or fireplaces.

Hunting
Sec. 11-502. DISCHARGE OF FIREARMS OR WEAPONS IN ANY CITY PARK.
The discharge of a revolver, pistol, rifle, shotgun, air rifle, BB gun, arrow from a bow, or a similar
firearm or weapon within the limits of Hubbard Park, North Branch River Park or any city park is not
permitted without written permission of the Police and Parks Departments.

Skiing
All of the ski trails in Montpelier Parks are walkers and snowshoers as well. Please be respectful and aware of other trail users. Trails that are not groomed may be steep or have hazards that are thinly covered. Use caution when exploring non groomed areas of the park. We ask that walkers and snowshoers walk in the middle and avoid the grooved or "tracked" part that are made on the sides of trails, when there is enough snow.

 Shelter Reservations and Use
Visitors are welcome to use shelters without making a reservation, however people with a reservation have priority.
Shelter reservation is free to Montpelier residents. Non-Residents can reserve a shelter for an event or a group for a fee (outlined below).

To make a reservation call the park office at (802) 223-7335. Leave a message with name, contact number, and date for reservation.

Groups of over 25 people must submit a Group Permission Form to the Parks Commission at least six weeks before the requested date. The Parks Commission will review the information at its monthly meeting and notify the group. Larger groups are often required to rent and provide a port-a-potty.
Reservations are limited to a 4 hour block of time.
Reservations are posted on the shelter the morning of the event

Reservation Fees:

Montpelier Residents:
Reservations free
Non-Residents:
Groups of 25 or Fewer: $25 reservation fee
Groups of 25-100: $50 reservation fee (Group Permission Form required for over 50 people)
Groups of 100 or more: $100 reservation fee (Group Permission Form Required)