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Face the River Presentation at the Hunger Mountain Coop

Wednesday, April 10th, 2019

In this presentation, Vermont River Conservancy’s Richarda Ericson and Friends of the Winooski River’s Michele Braun will reflect on the role of rivers in Montpelier’s history and discuss current projects and opportunities to “Face the River,” as well as tangible ways city residents can make a positive impact on the health of our rivers.

Space is limited and registration in advance is suggested. To sign up for this free workshop, email your name and contact info to info@hungermountain.coop or call the Coop at 223-8000.

Confluence Park Conceptual Designs

Thursday, January 10th, 2019

The Vermont River Conservancy presented 3 Conceptual Designs for the Confluence River Park to the Montpelier City Council on January 9, 2019. Thank you for those who were able to attend the meeting and show support for the Confluence River Park. If you were unable to attend, check out the recording of the meeting by clicking here. You may also find a pdf of our presentation here.

Confluence River Park Concept A

Confluence River Park Concept B

Confluence River Park Concept C

Confluence River Park Public Feedback

Wednesday, December 12th, 2018

Public feedback on the Confluence River Park
Gathered through public meetings on 11/8/18 (as part of the Conservation Commission Meeting), 11/13/18 (as part of the Parks Commission Meeting), and 12/4/18 at the Senior Center.
*The following are all comments, sometimes summarized and sometimes direct statements, from the public offered during the several public meetings on the Confluence River Park. If you have comments to add, please email Richarda Ericson at richarda@vermontriverconservancy.org. Additionally, if you missed the public meetings, you can watch the one from December 4th at the Senior Center here.

General Size/Space
• Too small (several comments)
• Extend to East side

Access
• Easy access down to the river (North Branch) and the water for wading, boating
• Bike path access and integration with the bike path
• Boat access is a good idea, but don’t use up too much space with this
• Boat launch
• Accessible for a variety of abilities
• Consider how (from where) people will access the park
• Multiple use access (boating, fishing, etc.)

Ritual/Spiritual
• Include a ritual performance circle for Native American & Druid ritual and performance (dance, drama)
• A circle surrounded by trees or standing stone (like ritual circle in South Burlington on the lake front)
• Labyrinth
• Standing stone circle as a central feature, like Burlington Earth Clock

Viewscape/Visual
• Visual downriver, and also of Capitol dome if possible
• Connectivity to rest of city
• Connectivity with rest of city parks (similar design language); not seen as an island park
• Connectivity along the North Branch
• Consider beautifying Shaw’s
• Art – some kind of public art there
• Important to see river from a variety of angles

Landscaping
• Sitting area – with shade and trees
• I would hope the parks has trees and vegetation to offset all the buildings nearby (lots of comments are about vegetation)
• Make things of stone so they can withstand flooding
• Places to sit are very important (several comments as such)
• Would be nice if there were different levels of seating (closer to river, higher up, etc)
• Trees, picnic tables, gazebo
• Big trees
• Places for kids to play
• Year-round usability
• Consider larger context to Montpelier & beyond
• Consider some way to address the fact that the bike path bisects the park

Recreation
• Whitewater contest
• Easier access for fishing

Environment
• Anything that would improve water quality
• Stormwater management

Other
• Interpretive signage
• Incorporate history of rivers, history of city
• Places to lock bikes/ bike racks

Confluence Park Meeting 12/4

Wednesday, November 28th, 2018

The Vermont River Conservancy welcomes members of the public to hear about the Confluence River Park in the heart of downtown Montpelier. This park is on the One Taylor Street parcel, at the confluence of the North Branch and main stems of the Winooski River. VRC has contracted with Milone & MacBroom to create a Feasibility Study & Conceptual Design for the park. Come hear about the process and timeline, offer input to VRC and the park designers, and share your priorities for a Confluence River Park.

Tuesday, December 4th 6:00 – 7:30 pm at the Senior Activity Center, 58 Barre Street in Montpelier

Thank you to the Vermont Chapter of AARP for sponsoring this event and providing snacks, and thank you to the Montpelier Senior Activity Center for hosting. We look forward to seeing many of you there! If you can not attend but wish to provide feedback on the Confluence Park, please email or call Richarda at 229-0820, richarda@vermontriverconservancy.org.

Public Meetings – Montpelier Confluence River Park

Tuesday, November 6th, 2018

The Vermont River Conservancy welcomes members of the public to hear about the Confluence River Park in the heart of downtown Montpelier. This park is on the One Taylor Street parcel, at the confluence of the North Branch and main stems of the Winooski River. VRC has contracted with Milone & MacBroom to create a Feasibility Study & Conceptual Design for the park. Come hear about the process and timeline, offer input to VRC and the park designers, and share your priorities for a Confluence River Park. We currently have two times on the calendar for these public meetings:

-Thursday, November 8th at 7:00 – 8:00 pm in City Hall, as part of the Montpelier Conservation Commission meeting.

-Tuesday, November 13th at 6:40 – 7:30 pm at the Police Station conference room, as part of the Montpelier Parks Commission meeting.

If you are unable to make these public sessions, we welcome your input via email – please contact richarda@vermontriverconservancy.org

 

VRC Announces Request for Proposals for Confluence River Park

Wednesday, September 26th, 2018

The Vermont River Conservancy announces a Request for Proposals for a Feasibility Study and Conceptual Design for Montpelier’s Confluence River Park. VRC will be accepting Proposals until 5:00 pm on Thursday, October 11th.  Please contact Richarda Ericson at richarda@vermontriverconservancy with questions. Questions will be accepted until Friday, October 5th. The RFP can be found here:

VRC RFP Confluence River Park

Welcome to our new Board Member, Matisse!

Wednesday, August 15th, 2018

Matisse Bustos Hawkes, VRC’s Vice Chair, is a strategic communications professional with two decades of experience serving the arts, non-profit and social justice communities. Most recently she served as Associate Director of Communications and Engagement at WITNESS, the human rights organization founded by musician and activist Peter Gabriel that supports people worldwide to use video and technology for social change. In 2019 she founded Otro Lado Communications which partners with filmmakers, human rights advocates, journalists, technologists, philanthropists, and nonprofit organizations to develop creative and effective communications strategies.

 

A native of Southern California, Matisse made her way to Vermont via New York City, and lives in Middlesex with her family. She enjoys as much time at reservoirs, lakes and swimming holes as the short, but beautiful, Vermont summers allow. She joined the VRC board in 2018.

River Gala Tickets On Sale Now!

Monday, July 30th, 2018

We are excited to invite you to the Vermont River Conservancy’s second annual River Gala!  Tickets are on sale now at Seven Days!  Join us on Saturday, August 25th, 5-8pm for good conversations, delicious food from Bon Temps and Vermont Creamery, and a beautiful evening at the Knoll Farm in Waitsfield, Vt.

Get out of your swim suits and pull on your fancy duds for this fundraising celebration of Vermont Rivers and the work the Vermont River Conservancy and others are doing statewide to protect them.  Remember that the gala sold out last year, so get your tickets early!  We look forward to spending our evening with you.

Save the Date for VRC’s 2nd Annual River Gala!

Friday, June 29th, 2018

Please save the date for the Vermont River Conservancy’s 2nd Annual River Gala!

Take in the beautiful scenery at Knoll Farm and celebrate Vermont rivers and the work the Vermont River Conservancy and others are doing statewide to protect them. This year will feature the delicious food of Bon Temps Gourmet, and different cheeses from the unique and tasty Vermont Creamery. Tickets will go on sale soon! Last year this event SOLD OUT, so we hope you will get your tickets early for this year’s River Gala. We look forward to seeing you there!

VRC Welcomes Summer Stewardship Intern

Wednesday, June 13th, 2018

VRC is happy to welcome Summer Stewardship Intern Eva Ryan to join the team and help monitor our protected sites during the summer months of 2018. Prior to working toward her Masters in Environmental Law and Policy from Vermont Law School, Eva received her BA from Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, in Environmental Policy, Institutions and Behavior. The areas of study in which Eva is passionate about are the issues surrounding water quality and quantity and how these issues intersect with agriculture, food systems and their social and economic impacts. Eva currently lives in South Royalton, and in her free time enjoys being outdoors hiking and swimming with her pup Loki, or working in her garden.

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