While snow covers our parks and regals us with the joys that come with winter recreation, our team is hard at work coordinating projects and planning for the next construction season. Below is an overview of ongoing projects within Burlington Parks, Recreation and Waterfront.
311 North Avenue Property – Stone Cottage, Trails and Management plan:
An RFP was issued for an evaluation of the existing stone Cottage for an architect to provide the first phases of design ideas to transform the space into a public facility that will be the home for our Conservation operations and nature education.
Trail designs for improvements to the existing path that connects North Ave to the Greenway are being finalized, and our team is working in coordination with the Cambrian Rise developer to include an accessible path from the new residential complex.
The conservation team is also developing a management plan to steward the landscape in a manner that protects the fragile landscape while providing ample opportunities for people to connect with park space.
Arms Forest Trails Design/Build:
After posting an RFP for the first round of trail construction in November, staff have selected a contractor to finalize the design of several trail improvements called for within the recently created trails Master Plan. We will be going to Board of Finance for approval to execute this contract and hope to begin construction in the Summer of 2021. Read more about the project here.
Bike Path Rehabilitation:
Oakledge (3b South): Design for the remaining rehabilitation of the Greenway continues as we aim to complete a portion of the construction at Oakledge Park this summer. This phase will include a pause place at Austin Drive, improved circulation at Flynn Avenue and a realignment of the path near the upper pavilion to make it accessible to everyone. Early work this spring will include the removal of roosting trees affected by the bike path rehabilitation while bats are hibernating and not using the trees. Ash trees will also be pro-actively removed and plantings are planned to replace the trees impacted by the project.
Realignment between College and Maple Street: The City Team has been working with VTrans to coordinate the bidding of both the Bike Path Realignment between College and Maple Street and the Passenger Rail Service to Burlington together. This coordinated effort will result in less disruptions in and around each impacted intersection (College, King, Maple), as well as to the neighbors along this stretch of path. Requests for bids are expected to be posted by the end of February, with work along the corridor anticipated for construction season 2021. While the Bike Path is already detoured in this area to Battery Street, pedestrian access to businesses and ECHO on the west side of the rail and Bike Path will be maintained throughout the construction process. Vehicular traffic will see some impact, which will be communicated to the public ahead of time. We are all looking forward to restoring the Greenway connection north-south at project completion!
View the February 11, 2021 presentation for an update of the plans.
Calahan Park Master Plan:
An interdisciplinary team of consultants, lead by Offshoots Inc., has been contracted to develop a long-term vision for Calahan Park – by both retaining existing and incorporating future amenities. An internal project kick-off will be scheduled soon, followed by site analysis and public outreach.
North Beach Campground:
Maintenance Building Demolition: The building is slated for demolition starting the week of Feb 8th. Construction is expected to take 4-5 days. Final seeding and stabilization to take place in the
Dump Station Relocation: A contractor will construct a new dump station and a shor t gravel RV/Trailer road at the campground in the Spring, ahed of the opening of the campground, as weather allows. Construction will begin as soon as the ground thaws and is expected to take 3-weeks.
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 first design kick-off meeting will be held in early February with design ongoing through winter and into the early spring.
Leddy Park Staircase Replacement:
Kick off meetings have been held for the Leddy Park Staircase. The design/build team will be developing drawings for manufacturing the new staircase over the course of the winter. The on-site work will take place in the late winter, before the ground thaws, to minimize damage to the turf.
Perkins Pier Siting Study:
An interdisciplinary team of consultants leads by Agency Landscape + Planning has been retained to complete a Siting Study at Perkins Pier. With the support of City staff, the team will lead a robust public engagement process to identify a unified, water and land-side vision for the public park and marina, identifying amenities or partnerships that integrate economic development, enhance visitor experiences and residents’ quality of life within the parameters of the site. The team has started an in-depth site analysis – identifying site opportunities and constraints before initiating the public outreach component.