April 23, 2017

New park includes piece of Williston

The Winooski Valley Park District’s newest park, the Muddy Brook Wetland Reserve, includes 8 acres in Williston. The red line represents the main trail, and the blue line denotes side trails. (Observer courtesy photo).

The Winooski Valley Park District’s newest park, the Muddy Brook Wetland Reserve, includes 8 acres in Williston. The red line represents the main trail, and the blue line denotes side trails. (Observer courtesy photo).

By Stephanie Choate

Observer staff

November 14th, 2013

The Winooski Valley Park District’s newest park includes approximately 8 acres of Williston land, on the South Burlington border.

The City of Burlington transferred 48.8 acres of land used as a conservation mitigation site by the Burlington International Airport.

Access to the new park, called the Muddy Brook Wetland Reserve, is located on Van Sicklen Road. There is not yet access to the Williston portion of the park.

“It has a really nice trail system,” said Yumiko Jakobcic, executive director of the Winooski Valley Park District.

The park has a “wide variety of habitats,” Jakobcic said, including a marsh with five small islands which are frequented by wildlife.

Thirty species of wildlife have been observed on the site, according to Jakobcic, including spring peeper, eastern gray treefrog, snapping turtle, great blue heron, greenbacked heron, bittern, woodcock, wild turkey, muskrat, otter, white tail deer and coyote.

The Winooski Valley Park District will host a guided hike of the property on Nov. 16 at 1 p.m. For more information, call 863-5744 or email americorps@wvpd.org.

Comments

  1. youngvt says:

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