February 5, 2024 Parks Update: Many trails at WVPD parks have ice covered sections so plan accordingly. Yaktrax or other footwear traction is highly recommended.
The December 18-19, 2023, rain event caused the Winooski River to reach major flood stage for the second time in five months. WVPD Parks experienced flooding similar to the flood event in July 2023, with significant impacts to trails and trail infrastructure.
All WVPD parks are currently open with most trails passible – see notes below. Many trails have ice covered sections – please use caution and bring yaktrax or other footwear traction assistance. The recent wind storms and continued winter weather has caused trees to come down on trails. We are working to address these and other trail issues as the arise as quickly as we can. Questions or to report trail issues (i.e. downed trees) can be directed to [email protected]. Be sure to follow us on Instagram (@wvpdoutreach) and Facebook (Winooski Valley Park District)!
The December flooding left more silt on the trails than in July. The wet and muddy silt has now frozen making many trails along the river more uneven and icy. Please stay away from river edges and banks as erosion and undercutting of the bank has occurred and the river remains high and moving swiftly for this time of year.
Derway Cove, Derway Island & Mayes Landing: Significant shoreline erosion has occurred, please stay away from the river edge.
Woodside Natural Area: The two bridges on the Woodside Loop Trail have been displaced several feet up the trail and the Loop Trail is closed. Access to the River directly from the parking area is open. Trail access beyond the displaced bridges is closed. The banks by the displaced bridges are steep and slippery so crossing the stream where the bridge usually rests is not recommended. Frozen conditions and cold temperatures have delayed our ability to replace and fix the bridges, this work may not be possible until spring time.
Colchester Pond: WVPD Crew is in the process of clearing the blowdowns around the loop trail of the pond. Icey conditions, distance to the trees and the large size of many of the trees, is making clean up more difficult and time consuming.
Sea Caves and Arthur Park: Our friends at Burlington Parks, Recreation, and Waterfront have been maintaining skating trails on the wild ice at the Sea Caves/Arthur Park. Learn more about winter activities in Burlington and ice conditions here.
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 year-round with no admission fees from dawn to dusk each day.
Enjoy WVPD Parks For:
– Walking, Hiking & Running
– Canoe & Kayak Access
– Snowshoeing & XC Skiing (ungroomed trails)
– Scenic Overlooks & Wildlife Viewing
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: February 20, 2023 at 4:30pm.