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Hubbard Park Expansion
Thank you to everyone who helped us to expand Montpelier's beloved Hubbard Park! We raised more than $590,000 in donations and grants, and purchased the land...but now we need to make it accessible.
We need your help to reach our final goal to raise stewardship funds! Click a button at right to donate.
Your donation will allow us to hire local youth through the Montpelier Youth Conservation Corps and build trails on our new park land. All donations to Montpelier Parks are tax deductible, just like a 501(c)3.
You can also make a donation by sending a check or donating stock (send an email to Parks Director, Alec Ellsworth).
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- 2021 Recordings & Bridge story
Here's how you can give:
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We raised more than $430,000 in federal, state, and community grants, and, since October 2021, over $160,000 in individual donations and pledges!
The land has been purchased, and we're closing in our final goal to raise the stewardship funds. All the remaining funds will be put toward hiring local youth through the "Montpelier Youth Conservation Corps" to make improvements on the new Park land.
All donations to the Parks Department to support this and related efforts are tax deductible, just like a donation to a 501(c)3.
Check out our press release Monday, December 13, 2021 about the land acquisition.
Click here to make a tax-deductible donation by check.
Click here to make a tax-deductible donation online by Credit/Debit/Paypal.
Click here to set up a donation of stock or other investments.
If you give now, your donations support:
- Trail work by Montpelier Youth Conservation Corps and Parks staff
- and more needed to bring the new parcels under park management in 2022!
Whether you gave $5, $50, $500, $5,000, or more for the land purchase, every donation added up to:
- Secure new, permanent public access to over 80 acres of private land.
- Add neighborhood access to Hubbard Park for over 200 households.
- Protect the headwaters of two high priority rivers and over 12 acres of wetlands, helping improve drinking water for Vermonters and providing quality habitat for frogs and salamanders, black bears and moose.
- Provide easier (less steep) access into the park, creating opportunities for gradual trails into the heart of Hubbard Park’s hilly terrain.
- Expand opportunities to teach kids and adults about the natural world, adding to park areas that can host kids’ ECO classes, Vermont Master Naturalist courses, Vermont Youth Conservation Corps, and a host of other community education opportunities.
- Protect Montpelier’s parkland for generations to come.
- Protect the only 2 state-significant natural communities in Hubbard Park .
- Increase trails for Montpelier to capitalize on economic development through outdoor recreation.
The properties include meadows, wetlands, rocky cliff outcroppings, and unique hemlock forests. Conserving this land will add new public access from the Terrace neighborhood via Deerfield Drive and Essex Way, allowing hundreds of families to gain easy access to all our community parks offer.
Together, these two properties expand Hubbard Park by nearly 50%, an incredible opportunity to have a lasting impact on the entire community.
Want to learn more?
Maps and Property Information
Events and Press Releases
Recordings of Public Meetings:
Recording of October 20 public discussion in person at senior center (provided by ORCA Media)
Recording of October 21 public meeting on Zoom (please forward to minute 15:20 for actual start of meeting - we will trim the empty minutes off soon!)
Feature Story in November 3 Montpelier Bridge:
Cassandra Hemenway wrote this story after taking a walk through the new land with Alec 10/22: