Welcome!

What is this survey?
 
Montpelier Parks Commission is building a management plan for Hubbard Park and North Branch River Park. As we think about park priorities for the coming years, we would love to hear from you.
 
Your answers will help us better understand the hopes and needs of our community as we build a management plan to guide park development over the next 10 years.

Wasn't there a Parks Survey last year?

Last summer more than 1,300 people responded to our citywide Parks & Outdoor Recreation survey. Survey results give us a lot of broad information about how and why people use all of Montpelier's parks. You can see a summary of the results here.

Building on that, this survey zeroes-in on just Hubbard Park and North Branch River Park, with space for more narrative ideas to help build management plans specifically for those two parks.

YOU can help shape the management plans
 
There are many ways you can participate. Choose what’s best for you:
  •  Fill out this survey (should take about 10-15 minutes)
  • Attend one of 10 “field tours” scheduled for May - June (schedule here)
  • Attend our “open house” meeting on June 14, 6-8pm, at the Elm Street pavilion (near the pool and ball fields)
The resulting draft plan will draw on your feedback in addition to naturalist studies and historic research. You will have an opportunity to review this draft and give us feedback in the fall, 2022, before we finalize the new management plan.

What are Hubbard Park and North Branch River Park?

Hubbard Park (~300 acres) is a network of trails and meadows located directly behind the state Capitol. Its access points include Corse Street and Winter Street, Hubbard Park Drive, and North Park Drive. In addition to many miles of trails for hiking, running, skiing, and snowshoeing, it includes the Hubbard Tower, a sledding hill, an outdoor performance stage, two shelters, wetlands and a frog pond.

North Branch River Park (~200 acres) is a forested area across the river from the Elm St. pool and ballfields that extends up the hillside to North Street. Its trails are used for hiking, mountain biking, skiing, snowshoeing and running. It also includes a pump track. (Note: The Parks Commission does not manage the ballfields and pool areas.)

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