Expand Hubbard Park
Thanks for helping expand Montpelier's beloved Hubbard Park; now you can help with expenses to start managing the new parcels!
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- About the properties
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- 2021 Recordings & Bridge story
With community help, Montpelier has just added two large properties northwest of the Park this month. All donations to the Parks Department to support this and related efforts are tax deductible, just like a donation to a 501(c)3.
We issued a new press release Monday, December 13, 2021, to announce that with the generous support of Union Mutual and over 200 community members, we reached our 2021 goal of $138K to complete funding for the land acquisition!
Since then, we raised even more and are now seeking an additional $38K in support for post-purchase aspects of bringing the new parcels into Park management (including trail work, kiosks and benches).
Here's how you can give:
We raised more than $450,000 in federal, state, and community grants, and, since October 2021, over $160,000 in individual donations and pledges, plus hundreds of people who walked and ran a trail on the new land sponsored by an anonymous donor who gave $100 for each of them!
We just need an additional $38k to meet our goals for early management of the new land.
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.
Events and Press Releases
Recordings of Public Meetings:
Recording of October 20 public discussion in person at senior center (provided by ORCA Media)
Feature Story in November 3 Montpelier Bridge:
Cassandra Hemenway wrote this story after taking a walk through the new land with Alec 10/22: