We are fortunate to live in a community that takes seriously the very idea of community. We enjoy great schools, beautiful open spaces of many kinds, walking/biking paths, and many other amenities. Our City Center will soon create more opportunities for gathering in 180 Market Street.

Creation of an indoor recreation facility has been in the planning for decades. We now have an opportunity to realize the dream of an indoor recreation facility. Of all the possibilities that have been presented to Recreation and Parks Committee, the current proposal adjacent to the Cairns Arena is the most exciting plan of all!

The South Burlington Recreation Facility will be built just south of the Cairns Arena in Veteran’s Park. Included in this design: waiting area/customer service with connection to existing Cairns Arena, three basketball courts and one turf field – high school regulation size, indoor elevated track, movement studio, lockers - toilets and showers, South Burlington recreational department administrative spaces, storage, and restroom facilities next to the soccer fields.

The Cairns Arena is (separately from the city) going to build an addition linking the two rinks, and offering a shop, a cafeteria, and other welcoming spaces. The combined facilities will create wonderful possibilities.

Look at the success of Bikes and Bites/Sobu Night Out in the last few years! These events have been well-attended by people of all ages. This success demonstrates a strong desire in our city to gather and enjoy. Our Recreation and Parks Department experience demands more recreation opportunities: basketball, pickleball, running, yoga, and more. We have a climate that necessitates indoor spaces for active recreation year-round.

If we want to realize our recreation facility for South Burlington, we must first vote to pass Article III in the city ballot on March 5. This will give us a funding mechanism in the local option tax. The vote for approval for the facility will come later. But first we must pass Article III. Please vote “yes” on Article III.

Jennifer Kochman

Chair, Recreation & Parks Committee

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