Winooski Valley Park District employees at the new Muddy Brook Wetland Reserve. Left to right: educator Ashley Eaton, crew leader James Gilbane, Parks Manager Tim Larned, Assistant to the Director Lauren Chicote, crew members Tom Fuller and Ben Waters, and Director Yumiko Jakobcic. 

New Wetland Reserve Opens

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Thursday November 14, 2013

Guided Hike Saturday, November 16, 1 p.m.  

South Burlington has a new wetland reserve. The Winooski Valley Park District (WVPD) recently announced that it is grateful to receive a new park called the “Muddy Brook Wetland Reserve” which straddles the Muddy Brook and includes property in both South Burlington and Williston.  The City of Burlington transferred 48.8 acres of land used as a conservation site by the Burlington International Airport to the Winooski Valley Park District to support their mission of preserving and managing natural areas in the Winooski River valley.  

WVPD Director Yumiko Jakobcic commented “The WVPD is a cooperative partnership between cities and towns along the Winooski River who share a common interest in protecting important natural resources in their river valley.  This park exemplifies the mission of the Winooski Valley Park District because it, like nature, crosses city and town boundaries.  We are so pleased to be given this beautiful property and are so grateful to everyone who helped make this possible.”  

WVPD will host a guided hike of the property Saturday, November 16 at 1p.m.  Join the WVPD’s educator to learn more about the property and its inhabitants.  The park is located off of Van Sicklen Road on the South Burlington/Williston town line. The entrance to the park is a small gravel parking area that is across from the east entrance to Cobblestone Circle. (Rt. 116 South/Hinesburg Road to Van Sicklen Road) There is limited parking at the site and the sign for the park is set back a bit, off the road. Please dress appropriately for the weather and wear waterproof footwear.  Carpooling is encouraged!  Please contact the WVPD at 802-863-5744 to register or for more information.