February 1st 2021

The Montpelier Foundation recently announced a grant award that will enable the Montpelier Parks Department to construct a new multi-use trail that would span the perimeter of Hubbard Park and link downtown Montpelier to the Parks Connector trail at the North Branch Nature Center. The proposed trail will allow for multiple uses including biking, walking, running and skiing.

It will make use of 1 mile of existing trail and create 3 miles of new trail. “This project is a key part of the city’s broader vision of a network of interconnected trails, and it highlights the increasingly vital role during this time we are in of access to the outdoors for people’s physical and mental health,” said Montpelier Parks Director Alec Ellsworth. 

Projects

We have supported worthy community projects since 1994.

Community projects we supported in 2019 include:

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The Montpelier Area Mountain Biking Association’s work to complete biking trails near the North Branch Nature Center

ArtSynergy's Transit Center Installation

ArtSynergy’s installation for the new Transit Center

Photo by Jeb Wallace-Brodeur, Times Argus Staff

Photo by Jeb Wallace-Brodeur, Times Argus Staff

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The Montpelier Tree Fund’s efforts to address problems associated with the Emerald Ash Borer

Montpelier City Hall

Lighting upgrade at City Hall Plaza

Other projects to which the Foundation has contributed:
  • Construction of the Montpelier War Memorial in front of City Hall

  • Makeover of the Montpelier Tennis Courts next to the Montpelier High School

  • Improvement of the community playground on Barre Street (behind the Montpelier Senior Activity Center)

  • Extension of the Montpelier Bike Path

  • Expansion of the press box at Montpelier Recreation Field

  • Reconstruction of the Montpelier Senior Activity Center

  • Installation of the steel bridge over the North Branch of the Winooski river at the North Branch Nature Center

Why Donors Contribute

Many individuals and businesses have contributed to help support vital projects in Montpelier. 

As a Montpelier resident and contributor, I especially appreciate what the Montpelier Foundation has done for our city these past 25 years. The fund helped make possible many enduring community projects, and giving to the Foundation is a great way for people and businesses to help finance another 25 years of worthy projects.

- Bill Doyle, Vermont State Senator, 1969-2017

“Alan was deeply connected to the Montpelier community – its organizations, its people, its spirit. This gift to the Foundation is right in line with his commitment to the city and his desire to help assure Montpelier as a bright future.”

- Stephen Weiss, son of Alan Weiss, who bequeathed $35,000 to the Foundation