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Update on Burlington’s City Hall Park construction progress

Published: Aug. 2, 2020 at 8:52 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 3, 2020 at 10:32 AM EDT
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BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) - Construction crews are putting the finishing touches on City Hall Park.

In October, what’s been a construction site for the past year will transform into a fully functional park. It will have widened paths for accessibility, 74 chairs and 22 tables for dining and relaxing, and several trees to beautify the Queen City. Burlington Parks, Recreation & Waterfront Department Director Cindi Wight says the most significant changes are the stormwater enhancements.

Wight says since the park is on a hill, stormwater tends to run off into the city’s drains. To prevent that in the future, crews have planted rain gardens designed to absorb stormwater.

“Before, everything would just run off, so that means it would go right into our stormwater drains with all of the dirt and ends up potentially in Lake Champlain. So the more that we can catch the water before it goes into our stormwater, it’s just better for the lake,” said Wight.

Wight says they’re also planning to test run the new fountain this week.

“We’ll get a sense of how that works and making sure everything goes smoothly. It’s been a hot summer, and so I can imagine it’ll be another hot summer next year. That fountain will probably feel pretty good on a hot day,” said Wight.

The final product will also have space for performances and events. Wight says all of the underground utility work is complete.

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