Burlington’s City Hall Park reopens with celebrations

Published: Oct. 16, 2020 at 6:15 AM EDT
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BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) - After almost ten years of planning, Burlington City Hall Park has officially reopened.

The highlight of the redesign is the new multi-functional fountain. The city says you’ll also see wider walkways, hundreds of shrubs, perennials, and stormwater gardens to retain and filter runoff.

Mayor Miro Weinberger says the improved design and planned programming of the spaces will help keep the park clean and vibrant. “At long last we have a public space at the physical heart of Burlington that is alive and that is worthy of this great community and that is accessible and welcoming to all,” he said.

“With rain gardens, stormwater mitigation, expanded access, interactive installations, historical preservation, and flexible event space that is availble to every single citizen -- I think we have more than achieved our goal,” said Doreen Kraft, director of Burlington City Arts.

The mayor dedicated the park the Burlington to residents who have died of COVID-19.

One complaint we heard from residents before the park closed for renovations was that families didn’t want to use it because it was a hangout for the city’s homeless. Weinberger says that when more people use the space, it will be a deterrent for loitering.

Burlington officials have a weekend of activities planned to mark the park’s reopening.

On the Channel 3 News at 4, our Scott Fleishman takes a tour of some of the improvements with city arborist VJ Comai.

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