The Mad River Valley Recreation District will host a public forum to update the community on the Mad River Valley Recreation Hub plan in Waitsfield, funded by a $408,019 state grant.
The Mad River Valley Recreation District (MRVRD) in collaboration with partners – the Mad River Path, Mad River Riders, Friends of the Mad River, the Mad River Valley Chamber, the Mad River Valley Planning District and the City of Waitsfield – hosted this event via Zoom on Wednesday, May 11, from 5 to 6:30 p.m
The session will include an overview of the new recreation center which will be located behind the Localfolk Smokehouse and will feature a bridge over the Mill Brook, visitor center, parking, restrooms and more. There will be a presentation of site maps and short updates from partners with time for questions and answers.
Earlier this spring, MRVRD received a grant from the Vermont Outdoor Recreation and Economic Collaborative (VOREC) to create a recreation center this spring. At $408,019, it was the largest VOREC grant in the state for 2022.
“The project team aims to work with landowners, city officials, conservation commissions and the public to be transparent at all stages of the project. To that end, we encourage attendance at this public information session, which will be available on MRVTV after the meeting,” said Rec District Director Laura Arnesen.
The new recreation center will connect several recreational facilities to downtown Waitsfield and make these facilities more accessible to residents and visitors alike. The hub will welcome visitors and guide them to a central location with parking, educational resources, restrooms, and maps.
The Mill Brook pedestrian/bicycle bridge will connect the existing trail system to a new section of the Mad River Path, making walking in downtown Irasville and Waitsfield safer and easier.
Erosion control, stormwater management, and an improved bank buffer in the Recreation Hub are included, as are educational strategies that engage the community and its visitors toward additional conservation.
The project also supports broader community engagement in a valley-wide collaborative process to create a shared vision for a gold-standard trail network that benefits from outdoor recreation for all while protecting our ecological assets, Arnesen said.
“The economic benefits of the recreation center are tremendous and support the ongoing effort to design and provide important trail connections from Irasville to Bridge Street in Waitsfield Village. The goal is for all members of the community to have safe connections from sidewalks and village paths to hiking trails in the mountains,” she added.
It will be a Zoom meeting with no in-person option from 5-6:30pm and all are welcome.
Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85626340050?pwd=ZkR1OEhJdWVqWUlyRWdZZEpoMGdrUT09; Meeting ID: 856 2634 0050;Password: 383217