Woodstock Awarded Park Improvement Grant


Village Trustees made a site visit to the snow dump in 2011 — Pictured here are Trish Compton, Chair Candace Coburn and Bob Pear.

The State of Vermont has awarded the Town of Woodstock a $62,500 Ecosystem Restoration Grant. It’s to be used for improvement of the 1.5 acre parcel of land in flood plain along the banks of the Ottauquechee river in the East End of Woodstock.

This small parcel of land is currently used in winter as a Town snow dumping area but was recently designated a park to help make the Town eligible for bank restoration funding.

The hope is that with monies approved by taxpayers and additional grants, enough will be put together in order to buy a separate snow dumping ground further East on land currently owned by the Woodstock Foundation.

Now, the 1.5 acre parcel owned by the Village — in particular the banks — will be designed with hardy plantings that might withstand additional winter snow dump use but improve the setting enough to set it up as a small public park — which is what a private group of Woodstock activists would like to see happen.

The grant award news was made official at a recent Sustainable Woodstock Volunteer Appreciation event at the new Worthy Kitchen (which, BTW, will open to the public on August 27th).

In all, some $85K in grants have been collected for East End “beautification”.

We note that Alsup family members have also been engaged in the gussying-up of their adjacent property — taking down trees and some fencing and cleaning up the general area. Many in the Village have noticed the improvements and mentioned it to Early Bird, saying they are appreciative of the changes.

The particular ERG grant of $62.5 awarded to the Town is administered by the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation, Water Quality Division, and was procured through efforts of former Trustee Bob Pear and Vermont Watershed Coordinator Marie Caduto.

4 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Peggy Kannenstine on August 22, 2013 at 10:05

    This is excellent news. Bravo/brava to all concerned 🙂


  2. Posted by Annie macDonald on August 22, 2013 at 17:38

    Hey, Bob Pear, good work getting the grant. We need more concerned citizens like you. You talk the talk and walk the walk. I like that you never have an excuse that you didn’t have the time.


  3. Posted by Chris Miller on August 23, 2013 at 13:51

    Great work, Bob.
    But once again… Village, not Town.


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