Here’s a list of other smaller projects happening in the parks system!
Projects in Progress
Softball Field Conversion:
A Request for Proposals (RFP) and planset have been drafted and we expect to post a request for bids in early July. The existing infield At Schifilliti will be fully excavated and replaced with a regulation softball little league infield, including grading and installation on top of a sand base to improve drainage. We expect construction to begin in the late summer and be completed by the fall.
The City was recently awarded federal grant funding administered by the State of Vermont’s Agency of Transportation (VTrans) to design and construct a 629-foot-long by 8-foot-wide shared-use pathway to connect the neighborhood off of upper Ethan Allen Parkway to Gosse Ct through Schifilliti Park. Staff are preparing a memorandum for approval by City Council and Board of Finance later this month to sign the grant agreement and commence work on the project. Once the grant agreement has been signed, staff will solicit proposals for construction-ready design of the new pathway. VTrans estimates that grant funded projects will take approximately 3 years to complete in order to accommodate all necessary federal-approval processes.
Starting on Monday July 26th a contractor will begin mobilizing equipment to Schmanska Park to pave the main driveway, parking area, and a pathway to the Schmanska Barn. We expect construction to be ongoing for 2-3 weeks. This project will improve universal accessibility to the newly renovated Barn and reduce the wash out of gravel from the park into the street.
Please be mindful of construction vehicles moving through this part of the park and along Grove St. during construction.
Starr Farm Park – Concrete Pads Installation
This phase of the project was completed and is now waiting for fitness equipment to be installed later this summer/early fall.
Construction will start up next week (5/3/21) at Starr Farm Park to create three concrete pads at the entrances to the dog park and one concrete circle near the Park’s playground that will host our next outdoor fitness station. All park amenities will remain open during this time, though Dog Park users will have to enter through the service gate on the West side of the Dog Park. We expect construction to be ongoing for 3 weeks. Please be mindful of construction vehicles moving in and around these areas throughout the duration of the project.
The other concrete pad near the playground in the park is the future site of another Fitness Station. We’re planning for installation sometime in the fall.
North Beach Campground
Maintenance Building Demolition: The North Beach maintenance building was demolished this past February. Fresh topsoil and seed have been placed and our staff look forward to seeing this space temporarily transformed into a public green, while design is being advanced for the pull-through campsites called for in the 2017 campground master plan.
Dump Station Relocation: A new RV dump station and turnaround, relocated from the site of the former maintenance building, are set to be constructed this Spring. The construction kick-off meeting is scheduled for Friday 4/16 and staff will be pressing the contractor to complete the project before the campground opens on May 1.
Pull-through Sites and Roadway Design: We’ve hired a design consultant to begin developing construction-ready plan documents for pull-through full-hook-up campsites in the former maintenance building area and the widening of the main roadway from the campground entryway all the way down to the Greenway overpass as called for in the 2017 Campground Master Plan. The design has moved through its first iteration, with staff providing feedback to the design team to further refine the design documents. We anticipate advancing the plans to completion by late Spring/early summer of 2021.
Leddy Park Staircase Replacement
The staircase replacement in Leddy Park to the beach wrapped up in early June! A new combined helical/concrete foundation system will provide long-term stability for the new steel and wood staircase. We selected coatings and materials that will keep maintenance time and costs for the new stairs to a minimal level over the next decade. We also added did some minor improvements to the pathways that access the beach.
We expect construction to begin on replacement of the Leddy Beach Staircase next week. The existing stairs will be demolished early on in the project start up and beach goers will have to go around on either of the access paths during construction. This project is also expected to take 2-3 weeks.
The design and fabrication drawings for the replacement staircase at Leddy Park were finalized this past March. With all approvals given and stamped drawings in place, the fabricator was given the go ahead to begin welding and assembling the structural steel components of the staircase. The steel will then be shipped down to Duncan Galvanizing in Everett, MA, where they will apply a proprietary color-galvanized coating, which comes with a 25-year warranty for the surface finish against rust and corrosion. Once finished, the structure will journey back up to Burlington, where our site contractor ECI, will lower the steel structure onto its new foundation using a crane in Early/Mid May.
There will be a short period during the demolition of the existing wooden staircase and installation of the new foundation system, where this route to the beach will be closed. Pedestrians will have to use one of the other two pathways to the beach during this time.