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Burlington's City Hall Park Getting a Make Over

It was once used as a horses trough, now, farmers markets in the summer. City Hall Park in Burlington is yet again getting a make over.
BURLINGTON, Vt. - It was once used as a horses trough, now, farmers markets in the summer. City Hall Park in Burlington is yet again getting a make over. It hasn't been touched since the 70's.

The city has quite a vision for this space and one of the issues they plan to address is the lack of light in City Hall Park. After talking with a handful of people, that seems to be one of the biggest complaints.

Brightening up the mood of Burlington's City Hall Park is a top priority.  It's in the center of downtown, yet, many people don't think it's being used to its full ability.

"We've got this park. It was given to the citizens, almost a couple hundred years ago now, so let's do it justice," Kelly Devine, Executive Director of the Burlington Business Association, said.

It will take a few years to construct and more than a million dollars needs to be raised, but the design is drawn.

The Burlington Business Association and Parks and Recreation Department collected public input.

The plan? A central promenade for concerts, raised beds that grow local food, vending on each side, kiosks, snack bars, bathrooms, and cafe space. This is all possible without taxes ever going up.

"No tax impact! I'd love to see more days of the week be similar to what we see on a Saturday, during the summer, during farmers market," Devine said.

Devine says the project includes underground work as well.

"This park is at an angle, water flows down and it pools, so it would mitigate the storm water issues and it would turn this half of the park into a green space and amphitheater, with some rain water gardens," Devine said.

Burlingtonians are proudly green, so the city wants its residents to be proud of its green space.

There is a chance some tax money could pay for parts of the public infrastructure, but the majority of it will be privately fundraised.

Devine says a handful of people have already expressed interest in building in the park.
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