Whether you own a small boat or a large boat. Finding a place to dock your watercraft can be a challenge on the Burlington Waterfront.
It doesn’t matter if you are seasonal or just in town visiting. Space is limited!
“When we arrived here, they could only accommodate us for two nights. But we wanted to stay longer,” said Jim Nick.
Jim Nick and his wife Sue were soaking up the sun at the Burlington Community Boathouse Tuesday afternoon, and enjoying what the Queen City has to offer.
The Nick’s have been in boating for the last decade, in fact, the arrived in Burlington after a 12-day voyage from their home in Maryland.
“This is one of the better facilities that we have been at. What is needed, are more modern facilities that are in good repair,” said Nick.
Local 22 & Local 44 News informed the couple of the new 160-slip marina that broke ground this past spring. The Nick’s were thrilled!
Local boaters alike will be just as thrilled according to Neale Lunderville with the Burlington’s Community and Economic Development Office (CEDO).
“The new marina will help alleviate some of the pressures that has been building up over the years that we didn’t have enough slips,” said Lunderville.
Currently, the largest marina the city manages is the Burlington Community Boathouse, with 105 slips.
“The waterfront is just an amazing place. It is what brings the natural wonder of into Burlington,” Lunderville said.
People like Jim & Sue Nick, they have explored many of the areas shops, museums, and restaurants.
More slips will allow for more people to come shop and spend the day in Burlington or the surrounding areas.
“Having the new marina will be really helpful. It will bring in a lot of new people to the downtown and people that love our downtown can now get access to a slip. This will open up some more capacity,” said Ron Redmond the executive director of the Church Street Market Place.
Of those 160 slips, 40 will be reserved for transient boaters, like Jim & Sue.
For those looking to rent a slip for the 2019 season, should email the marina at the follow: firstname.lastname@example.org
Funding for this project is coming from public and private funds. Burlington residents will foot nearly half a million for the new marina and three hundred thousand for waterfront improvement projects.
The revitalized area will also include a green space and public restrooms.
As for Jim & Sue, this was their first time on Lake Champlain. But, it will not be their last.
The couple has already shared their positive experience with other boaters across the northeast.
“I commented to someone that anyone that has a boat in the northeast should put it on their bucket list to come up here. It’s a hidden gem!”
For more information regarding the project, you can read more here.