City Hall Park
City Hall Park has been part of downtown’s urban fabric since the founding of Burlington. Over the years, it has evolved in shape, size and use as the needs of our community have changed.
This plan combines the work and recommendations of the Imagine City Hall Park (completed in 2012), with additional input from the Great Streets Initiative to increase the public use and enjoyment of the park throughout the year. It prioritizes a healthy, functioning urban park; accessibility for all users, in all seasons; and the enhancement of our historic park to meet the modern needs of our community. Since 2012, concept plans for the park have continued to evolve as a result of stakeholder and public input over the years. The plan for the park includes the following features:
Healthy trees with room to grow—Many of the trees in the best health are maintained, and some in declining health are also maintained with the intention to rejuvenate them during construction. Other trees will be removed, and new trees will be added for a total of 48 trees. Soil conditions are repaired to support new and existing trees, and two rain gardens mitigate stormwater runoff and soil erosion.
Accessible pathways maintain the historic connectivity across the park to each of the corners and edges, intersecting near a central water feature. Paths have been realigned slightly from their current location so that the grades are less steep, in locations, which limit impacts on some of the healthier trees, and to serve the maintenance needs of the park.
The flexible spaces organized along these pathways accommodate a variety of activities such as small performances, a wide range of seating types, the artist market, and a central gathering area with an interactive fountain. This allows for infrastructure, which supports these activities to be condensed and incorporated into hardscape areas, retaining maximum un-programmed space and limiting future soil compaction from these activities encroaching on the lawn.
In the new plan, the park continues to serve as the home for the Burlington Farmers Market. The design allows for the central lawn to remain open for seating and other uses on market days
Areas have been identified for the addition of a vending kiosk and a standalone restroom facility in the future so that these amenities can be tested before being installed permanently.
A fun and multi-functional fountain—Rather than an ornamental fountain element with a basin, an interactive fountain is incorporated into the central gathering space. In addition to creating an active space for play, this fountain can provide visual interest, as well as incorporate lights for ambiance and art in ways the current fountain doesn’t allow.
Terraced areas along the buildings in the northeast corner of the park connect the historic buildings to the park space, activate an otherwise shaded and unused part of the park, and create flexible space for seating and other temporary activities.
The southern edge of the park features a seat wall, which frames the park and helps manage the complex stormwater management challenges along Main Street.
Improved lighting that is energy efficient.
More seating with longer benches fabricated with sustainably sourced wood.
Learn more about the City Hall Park Concept Plan:
City Hall Park Design Frequently Asked Questions (2017)
Tree Health Assessment Map (8MB)
CHP Presentation SHORT: Fall 2017 Live @ 5:25 Discussion
CHP Presentation LONG: August 14 Recording
Plan Submissions to DAB: January 23, 2018 (8.5 MB)
Plan Submissions to DRB: February 20, 2018 (16.8 MB)
Plan Submissions to DRB: March 7, 2018 (16.3 MB)