February 27, 2024 Parks Update: It’s Mud Season! With the anticipated warm weather and rain over the next few days WVPD trails will become very muddy and wet. Please avoid muddy trails to help maintain integrity of the trails and avoid further damage to the trail base. It has been a tough few months for our well loved trails! If you do encounter muddy areas please walk through the mud and not around to avoid widening the trails and increasing the muddy sections.  

The Winooski Valley Park District (WVPD) is a cooperative partnership of eight member communities who share a common interest in protecting natural resources in the Winooski River Valley.

Today WVPD manages and protects:


  • 18 Parks and Natural Areas
  • 1,750+ Acres of Conservation Land
  • 24+ Miles of Trail
  • 13+ Miles of Shoreline on Lakes, Ponds, and Rivers

The WVPD serves the member communities of Burlington, Colchester, Essex, Essex Junction, Jericho, South Burlington, Williston, and Winooski.

Parks are open to the public with no admission fees from dawn to dusk each day.

Enjoy WVPD Parks For:


– Walking, Hiking & Running

– Canoe & Kayak Access

– Fishing

– Snowshoeing & XC Skiing (ungroomed trails)

– Picnic Areas & Rental Facilities

– Scenic Overlooks & Wildlife Viewing

Outdoor Classrooms

– Community Gardening

The WVPD also offers:

WVPD Board of Trustees Information

The WVPD Board of Trustees meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 4:30pm, and will be held as a hybrid virtual and in-person meeting unless otherwise noted. In-person locations is at the WVPD’s offices at the Ethan Allen Homestead in Burlington. Virtual option will be held via Zoom. Please contact Executive Director Nick Warner at [email protected] for virtual join meeting information. For meeting agenda, past meeting minutes, and more information on the WVPD’s Board of Trustees visit our Staff & Board of Trustees page.

Next regularly scheduled meeting date: March 19, 2023 at 4:30pm.