Over the winter, BPRW will wrap up the finishing touches on the construction documents for the Bike Path Rehabilitation Phase 1b which will realign the Bike Path through the Urban Reserve proximate to the lake for improved user experience, remove the majority of the old industrial concrete and asphalt remnants and former path alignment, replace previously impervious surfaces with grass and improved storm water management, bring the path up to current standards, refresh the dog park, and introduce pause places at specific locations on this stretch of the path.
BPRW will be sharing information on the plans and construction schedule at two upcoming public meetings:
- The Conservation Board meeting on January 4th at 5:30 pm
- The BPRW Commission meeting on January 5th at 5:30 pm
The Urban Reserve has a lengthy industrial past and these upcoming improvements will make great strides in reclaiming the site for public recreation while supporting the long-term health of the land. The centerline of the new path alignment, along with the pause place locations, have been staked and marked with paint to provide an understanding of the future path alignment. This realignment will require the removal of trees proximate to the path construction area. BPRW is committed to planting more trees than the number being removed and specifying native/cultivated varieties of native species to enhance the ecological health and wildlife habitat of this reclaimed industrial environment. Trees will only be removed when necessary to construct the new path and associated pause places, and new trees will potentially be planted within and outside of the path construction limits. All improvements support the objectives and recommendations of the 1997 Waterfront Urban Reserve Interim Use and Stewardship Plan. The Bike Path Phase Rehab 1b landscape plans may be viewed HERE. Updates are regularly posted to http://www.btvbikepath.com.
Please join us at one of the upcoming public meetings for more discussion on the Burlington Bike Path Rehabilitation project!