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City Hall Park

Welcome to the BPRW City Hall Park Project Update Page!

BPRW will be posting all the latest information on City Hall Park right here to help inform you on upcoming plans and construction details of the project. City Hall Park is a part of the Great Streets Project, and information on Great Streets and background on City Hall Park can be found here: www.greatstreetsbtv.com.

To address questions and comments we’ve heard to date, we’ve created an FAQs page. It’s full of information and we’ll continue to update it as more questions come in.

Read the FAQs here.

2 thoughts on “City Hall Park

  1. Is there a coffee kiosk in the updated plan? Why?
    And, the plan states that the Farmers Market will be moved to the outside of the park. What is there to protect the greenbelt, the berm, between the sidewalk and the street? Is there any way to only use the pavement for the Farmers Market and it’s users?

  2. Ellen, the FAQ page addresses some of your questions specifically:

    Q: Why is there a café proposed within the park?

    A: The small kiosk, and seating areas that can be utilized for temporary food carts, are intended to provide a range of activities within the park on a more regular basis. Along with more frequent, small performances and more seating the park, these can help draw people into the park for day-to-day activities.

    Q: Why is the park being designed for the Farmer’s Market? Isn’t there somewhere else it could go?

    A: In recent years, the Farmer’s and Artist’s Markets have become central features of the park, recognized by many Burlingtonian’s as something they love about the park today. The popularity of this event is among the uses of the park contributing to some of the challenges with the park’s infrastructure. That said, the park is not being designed for the market.

    One of the fundamental changes in the plan is that the market vendors will be organized around the park’s four edges, on hardscaped areas which can support this use, rather than on the pathways in the center of the park. This arrangement will allow for more utilization of the park’s open spaces for seating and passive uses on market days, and reduce future impacts to the grass and soil conditions due to foot traffic in the park. Additionally, there are fewer vendors accommodated in this plan than the market currently features today.

    Also mentioned in the FAQ’s:
    The flexible spaces organized along these pathways accommodate a variety of activities such as small performances, a wide range of seating types, the artist market, and a central gathering area with an interactive fountain. This allows for infrastructure, which supports these activities to be condensed and incorporated into hardscape areas, retaining maximum un-programmed space and limiting future soil compaction from these activities encroaching on the lawn.

    The plans call for a retaining wall at the southern end and fencing at the northern side to delineate pedestrian traffic between the sidewalks and the park landscaping.

    I hope that answers your questions. but please reach out if you would like more information.

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