On June 25th, Mayor Miro Weinberger, John Bossange, Founding Board Chair of the Parks Foundation of Burlington, John R. Brumsted, M.D., Chief Executive Officer of The University of Vermont Medical Center and President and Chief Executive Officer of The University of Vermont Health Network, and Jesse Bridges, Director of Burlington Parks, Recreation & Waterfront, held a press conference at the Burlington Community Boathouse which launched a public fundraising campaign by the Parks Foundation of Burlington to help fund the rehabilitation and maintenance of the Burlington Bike Path. Having already raised more than $500 thousand during the “quiet” campaign, the public campaign begins with the goal of raising additional funds to reach a $1 million goal that will fund special “pause places” along the eight-mile Bike Path.
Pause places are special locations along the path that will create more and varied opportunities for enjoyment. Three styles of pause place currently are in development including rest stops, information stops, and pocket parks. These styles will offer varying amenities, from information kiosks to seating, drinking fountains, and artwork.
UVM Medical Center made a major contribution to the rehabilitation project and supports the City’s commitment to making the Bike Path more than just a path, but an exercise corridor for those who wish to use it. UVM Medical Center CEO Brumsted stated: “UVM Medical Center is pleased to support the renovation of the Burlington Bike Path. As the region’s largest health care provider, we are deeply committed to prevention and wellness, and so it was natural for UVM Medical Center to contribute to this effort to create spaces along the eight-mile path for people to engage in exercise and fitness activities.”
Contributions at any level are welcome, and all gifts over $3,000 will be recognized on the Bike Path. Contributions can be made online through the Parks Foundation website www.parksfoundationburlington.org or by mailing checks to Parks Foundation of Burlington, 645 Pine Street, Suite B, Burlington, VT 05401.
Read the entire press release on the City’s Website.