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2022 Park Improvement Projects

Welcome spring…maybe!?

Our team has been busy this winter wrapping up planning projects, starting new ones and moving construction projects forward. Below is an update on a few of the smaller active projects our team is overseeing, and what to expect in coming months in our parks construction-wise!

Calahan Park Playground

After issuing a Request for Proposals (RFP) this winter, BPRW selected Kompan, Inc. to design and replace the playground at Calahan Park. The new playground will be built from durable black locust posts and rope structures, reflecting the community interest in nature-based play from the Calahan Park Comprehensive Plan process. A curved parkour-style obstacle course will share the space with traditional play elements like slides, spinners, monkey bars and imaginative play panels. After working through design meetings with the consultant, the new playground layout is nearly finalized. Once  ordered, we expect the new structure to be installed in Summer of 2022.

rendering of the new playground equipment at Calahan Park

North Beach Campground

This past season, BPRW worked with a design consultant to draw up plans for several new pull-through campsites at North Beach Campground in the area once occupied by the maintenance building that was demolished last year. With the passage of the infrastructure bond, we will begin permitting for this project with an aim to get construction underway during the campground’s off-season in 2023.

Schifilliti Park Pathway

In 2021 the City was 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.

Design of a multi-use pathway connecting James Avenue to Gosse Court in front of the Miller Recreation Center through Schifilliti Park kicked off this past month.  The design consultant surveyed the site using an unmanned drone from which they will compile a topographic basemap and begin designing alternative concepts for the path alignment. As the funding for this project comes from a State Transportation Agency Grant, the project will need to meet the project review requirements of State and Federal Agencies. We expect this project to progress through design over the next year and to hopefully be bid out for construction in 2023.

drone image of the park
3d drone imagery was taken of the park as part of the plan development.

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