The dam down river from Mill Pond Park was originally installed to generate power for the nearby mill. This created a "pond" up-river, which is where our park got its name.
The land for Mill Pond Park was added to the Montpelier Parks system in 2004 and renovated into a park in 2005 with the wonderful support of many volunteers, including 2 weeks of help from a Vermont Youth Conservation Corps (VYCC) crew and a week of work from an International Volunteers for Peace group.
The creation of Mill Pond Park involved removing a house in terrible condition. We left a portion of the house foundation in order to make a curved stone bench that nests into the hillside, a feature that creates a connection with history and offers a more intimate connection with the river. It also provides a buffer from the roadway.
With the help of our volunteers, we built a pathway, a place for launching boats and several wooden benches. We also planted numerous trees, riverbank plants, native flowers and even some blueberries.