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State's First Parklet Opens Friday In Montpelier

Amy Kolb Noyes
Parklets, or micro-parks, can enhance the downtown experience for pedestrians and cyclists. Montpelier's new parklet is on State Street.

It's been a couple years in the making, but Montpelier Alivewill open the state's first "parklet" on Friday. Never heard of a parklet? Basically, it's one or more parking spaces that have been turned over to an exterior decorator. The parklet's designer has paid a season's worth of meter fees to create a downtown micro-park.

In this case, a space on the Rialto Bridge on State Street was leased by Ward Joyce, a Professor of Architecture at Vermont Tech. He turned the project over to a group of students, who created the parklet. According to Montpelier Alive, there are parklets in Montreal, San Francisco and Philadelphia, but this is the first parklet to be created in Vermont.

Credit Amy Kolb Noyes / VPR
There are parklets in Montreal, San Francisco and Philadelphia, but this is the first parklet to be created in Vermont.

Montpelier attempted to launch the parklet project last summer, but permitting problems arose around outdoor alcohol consumption and the pilot project was pushed back a year.

Friday's ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at the parklet at 5 p.m. Professor Joyce and Montpelier Mayor John Hollar are among those scheduled to speak. The ceremony will also kick-off Montpelier's summer Art Walk.

Eighteen stores and restaurants in downtown Montpelier are participating as Art Walk galleries. Free Art Walk guide books are available in many downtown stores.

Amy is an award winning journalist who has worked in print and radio in Vermont since 1991. Her first job in professional radio was at WVMX in Stowe, where she worked as News Director and co-host of The Morning Show. She was a VPR contributor from 2006 to 2020.
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