Parks and Trees
The Montpelier community continues to be the focus of the City of Montpelier. As the Coronavirus (COVID-19) begins to have a greater impact, we want to share the immediate steps the City has taken to keep residents and employees safe and healthy.
In order to continue to provide core services to residents with City will be highly limiting access to its public buildings.
This decisions does not come lightly, and we will be reevaluating our approach often to make sure we are serving the community to the best of our abilities. Please note that City Council meetings will continue as scheduled in City Hall. The City will communicate remote call-in options to interact with Council remotely as they become available in the near future.
City Building and Event Closures and Cancellations:
- The City Manager and the Clerk’s office will be open normally.
- Please every effort to interface with the City remotely- many services can be provided online through our website https://www.montpelier-vt.org/ and https://www.montpelier-vt.org/164/Online-Payments or via a phone call:
• City Manager’s Office: 802-223-9502
• Clerk’s Office: 802-262-6281
- The Finance, Planning, and DPW Administrative Offices, the Community Justice Center, and the Teen Center will be closed and locked to public access
- Planning will be providing permitting and inspection services by appointment
- City Hall bathrooms and the lobby will be available during normal business hours.
- The Police Department’s front lobby will be inaccessible to the public. Folks can communicate with Dispatch through the intercom next to the front door and an officer will be sent out to talk to those requesting assistance.
The Montpelier Senior Activity Center:
- All events, classes, etc. excepting the FEAST program have been cancelled until further notice
- FEAST meals will be provided on a to-go basis. Folks are welcome to volunteer to help deliver meals, please contact the Senior Center at 802-223-2518
- All open gym, basketball, pickle ball, classes, programs, after school programs etc. in the Rec Center will be cancelled until further notice
- The April 11th Egg Hunt in Hubbard Park has been cancelled
- The Recreation department will be cleaning off all hard surface recreation facilities, including the skate park, basketball courts, and tennis courts so that folks have outdoor recreation options, weather depending
Further steps we have taken:
- Continue to increase the frequency of scheduled cleaning and sanitation efforts across all of our facilities, especially in common spaces and highly trafficked areas
- Any rentals or external meetings hosted at City Hall have been cancelled until further notice and the City will not be approving any new City Hall space rentals until further notice
- All City Committee meetings have been given the recommendation to meet via Phone Conferences
- Staff will still be on-site if members of the public do want to attend in person
- City Council meetings will continue as scheduled in City Hall
- The Lost Nation Theater will be pushing back their season to begin later in the spring. Please look for their independent communications regarding their schedule
We are not planning on making any broad recommendations to private businesses or events regarding their operations at this time. The City implores folks to use their best judgement and recommendations from the Vermont Health Department (https://www.healthvermont.gov/).
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This past spring with the help of many hands, we planted over 1,000 trees in Montpelier’s parks and along the Siboinebi Bike Path. These trees were planted primarily within riparian areas in an effort to improve the local watershed health. Once their roots establish, the trees will provide valuable flood prevention, erosion control, and native habitat. This project was funded by grants from Vermont Fish and Wildlife's Watershed Grant program, and the Lake Champlain Basin Program, funded by the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission. We feel very fortunate to be supported for such important work!