News Release — Burlington Parks, Recreation and Waterfront
Dec. 16, 2016
Diana Wood, Marketing & Outreach Manager, 802-865-7089
Burlington, VT – Burlington Parks, Recreation and Waterfront is pleased to announce major construction of Phase 1b of the Burlington Greenway is complete and the beloved lakeshore path is once again open to the public! Thank you for your patience and understanding during the construction closure, which began in late June of this year. One mile of the path, through what’s known as the Urban Reserve (just north of the Skatepark), has been completely rebuilt to new, higher standards, and in the southern portion of the project, realigned to hug the Lake Champlain shoreline.
Additionally, three new ‘pause places’ have been developed, including one new mini park at Texaco Beach. The Waterfront Dog Park received a facelift, and extensive areas of industrial pavement have been removed, soils capped, and extensive landscaping is completed that includes native trees, shrubs and perennials, and a special seed mix of mostly native, resilient grasses and flowering perennials.
“It is with great pleasure and excitement that we open the path back up to the Burlington community.” Says BPRW Director Jesse Bridges. “We have transformed abandoned industrial land and rehabilitated it into a gem for the City’s park system. Beyond just a path repaving project this project created a true linear park, the Burlington Greenway, that will continue to be the City’s defining feature supporting passive and active recreation, tourism and multi-modal transportation.”
Additional work will occur over the winter, including a railing for the new granite steps and seating blocks at Pause Place 2, and the installation of bike racks and dog park rules signs. More work will be completed in the spring including the installation of the exercise equipment for the UVM Medical Center Fitness Trail, and more landscaping, including the planting of 1700 perennial grasses and wildflowers.
Details about the winter plowing schedule of the path will be posted to our website sometime next week.
Highlights of this project:
The removal of 600 tons of asphalt and 800 tons of concrete
Planting of 126 new trees and 167 new woody shrubs
Upgraded dog park fence
The creation of lake view pause places, including a mini-park with a lookout deck
ADA accessible ramp to the beach
Repaving of 1 mile of bike path using our new standard of soft shoulders and broader lanes
Details and photos of the project can be found on our website