Upcoming Events

Learn about our Hubbard Park Expansion Project!    Click here for info / to donate!

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  • Want to Raise $100 for Hubbard Park’s 80-acre Expansion?   DIY Walk/Run!  (Plus, a Raffle and 5% Benefit day 12/17 at Onion River Outdoors!)

Montpelier Parks & Onion River Outdoors are setting up a ~2.5 mile route starting and ending at the New Shelter. To participate, anytime now through December 17th: 

 Run or Walk the flagged route through the new properties (follow signs!).

  1. Snap a photo with the banner. 
  2. Post it to Facebook or Instagram and tag @onionriveroutdoors (or email to aellsworth@montpelier-vt.org )
  3. Earn $100 dollars for the Project, donated by an Anonymous donor!

ORO also has a raffle to support the project and will donate 5% of sales on Friday, 12/17! Learn more at Hubbard Park 80-acre Expansion Project.

Winter Walks Open to the Community!  

Animal Signs Walk

Saturday, December 18, 10:00am (rain/snow date, 12/19) | Free | all ages

Meet at the new Shelter in Hubbard Park for an easy walk. Join Naturalist Gail Johnson and learn how to attune your eyes to find animal signs: foodscraps, woodpecker, insect and mammal holes, nests, feathers, fur, tracks, scat! (animal droppings), and the animals themselves (silhouettes or good views). Animal signs are fun to find and they tell a story. In addition, Gail will have animal signs in her pack to share. No need to register; just show up! 

Save the Date: Animal Tracking Intro Walk

Saturday, January 22, 10:00am (rain/snow date, 1/23) | Free | all ages

Join Naturalist Gail Johnson at the New Shelter at Hubbard Park for an easy walk. This is a first of a series about animal tracking. We'll learn the basics of how animals move which determines their track patterns. Every set of tracks reveals a story about the animal. Handouts and props will illustrate track patterns and shapes. 

Recent events

  • Videos of October 20 and 21 Public Discussions 
    • To view the public meeting discussions with Parks Director Alec Ellsworth, visit the website and scroll down to right side for links - one from Zoom and the other from live footage recorded by ORCA Media. 
  • Walks on the New Parcels· Wednesday, November 10,  Saturday, November 20, Thursday, December 2 

Fall Walks Open to the Community! Making Seed Collages Walk

Saturday, November 13, 10:00am (rain date, November 14) | Free | For all ages 

Meet at parking lot next to the Winooski River on Siboinebi Path, Old Country Club Road, Montpelier, for a very easy walk. Join Naturalist Gail Johnson for a creative and fun way to learn about local plant seeds. We'll each have a cardboard with mailing tape, sticky side out on which we will arrange local seeds we find along the trail. Seeds and their cases come in all shapes, and it's interesting to see how flowers you know in summer transform once they have made their seeds. This trail has a wide variety of plants, so your collage will be full! We'll even see the berries of poison ivy, but we will not be touching them! Come help find the seeds! Gail will have photos of some of the local flowers of the seeds we find. No need to register; just show up! 

The Gnome Poem StoryWalk®

Look for Gnomes as You Read, 11-17-21Look for Gnomes as you read! Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021, 9am to 4pm, Rain or Shine. Starts at Hubbard Park Fitness Trail, follow signs from the kiosk at the New Shelter. Part of the Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Services’ International StoryWalk® Week. To learn more: https://www.kellogghubbard.org/storywalk and https://letsmovelibraries.org/storywalk/

Two Benefit Events to Support Hubbard Park Expansion Project

Benefit day at Roam on Langdon St. 

On Friday, November 19, 5% of Roam's sales will go to our fundraising campaign! Save the date and tell your friends to join you on Langdon St. for great clothing and accessories.  Patagonia Raffle under discussion! Thank you, Roam

Benefit day/night at Three Penny Taproom on Main St. 

On Tuesday, November 23, 11am-8pm,  5% of TPT's proceeds will go to our fundraising campaign! Save the date and tell your friends to join you at 108 Main Street for great food and drinks for a great cause! Thank you, Three Penny Taproom!

Enchanted Forest 2021: Friday & Saturday, October 29-30 at Hubbard Park!

Enchanted Forest 2021 Flyer New

The Enchanted Forest in Hubbard Park, Montpelier, is a guided walk from the New Shelter/Entrance to the Tower and back again. Along with the jack-o-lantern lit trail, visitors will find the forest filled with art, music, song, and magic. At the Tower, visitors will spread out on the hillside to watch a performance and then return along the path to the New Shelter. This will take about one hour.  

Parkapalooza 2021 is complete!    

The City of Montpelier’s Community Services Department hosted the return of Parkapalooza, Hubbard Park’s Free Summer Concert Series. This family-friendly, outdoor concert series was held at the Tuning Forks Stage in Hubbard Park and featured live music from talented local and regional bands. The events were held Thursdays from 5:30-7:30 pm from July 8 to late September (some rain dates). The musical lineup included:


  • 7/8: Barika 
  • 7/15: VT Bluegrass Pioneers
  • 7/22: The Renegade Groove
  • 7/29: Sabouyouma
  • 8/5: Nina Sklar and the Weather Birds
  • 8/12: High Summer
  • 8/19: Patti Casey and the Wicked Fine Players 

Events also featured the Park’s 100’ long slip ‘n slide (weather permitting), and plenty of space to roam and play outside in Hubbard Park. The events were offered free to the community, but donations were accepted at various locations!  

This year’s event was sponsored by the following local businesses:  Presenting Sponsors: Caledonia Spirits Distillery, Community National Bank, Hunger Mountain Co-op, Isham-Berwick Insurance, Vermont State Employees Credit Union. Supporting Sponsors: AroMed, Central Vermont Chamber of Commerce, Montpelier Construction, Noyle Johnson Group, Onion River Outdoors, Sarducci’s Restaurant, Union Mutual Insurance and Vermont Compost. 

Now in its fourth year, Parkapalooza celebrated all that we love about Central Vermont --- family time outside, community and the arts, and it also draws visitors from around the state to come and enjoy our Capital City.