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February 1, 2021

Montpelier Foundation Announces Grant Award

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 and 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 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.

Ed Flanagan, Chair of the Foundation Board, cited this project as transformational with a profound long-term impact in both the City of Montpelier and surrounding communities and will directly support Montpelier’s economic vitality by providing a high quality outdoor recreation experience that starts and ends in downtown Montpelier. “This will also further the goal of continuing to make Montpelier a destination, not only for history and culture, but also for outdoor activities,” Flanagan noted.

Flanagan also noted the many valuable projects happening in Montpelier that have received recent grants from the Foundation: the Montpelier Tree Fund efforts to manage its Ash Tree project; the Montpelier Area Mountain Biking Association’s project to complete its trails at the North Branch Park; and the Montpelier ArtSynergy art installation at the transit center.

The Montpelier Foundation enhances the community’s ability to make valuable capital improvements to improve the quality of life for local residents and visitors. Created in 1994, donations and bequests support projects that provide long term public benefits in Montpelier.

Tax-deductible contributions to the fund are administered and overseen by the Montpelier Foundation Board of Trustees. For more information:

To donate, gifts may be made by check and should be made to the Montpelier Foundation and sent to Montpelier Foundation, PO Box 364, Montpelier, VT 05601. To discuss other methods of giving, please contact Foundation chair Ed Flanagan.


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