By Luke Baynes
A project that will provide access on Vermont 2A to Williston’s trail network has been awarded the 2012 Community Enhancement Award from the Vermont Trails and Greenways Council.
Sherry Winnie of the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation had high praise for the project.
“This is connecting people to the forests and is a great collaboration amongst the community and is a very well thought out and well done project,” Winnie said. “(VTGC) felt wholeheartedly that it strengthened the community and enhanced the quality of life for not only people living in Williston, but for people who want to travel out to see the rural part of Williston.”
Williston Senior Planner Jessica Andreoletti, who accepted the award on the town’s behalf, said the completed project will include a parking lot off Vermont 2A that will provide much needed relief to an overcrowded Sunset Hill Road parking area.
“The biggest benefit is relieving the parking at Five Tree Hill,” Andreoletti said. “This will provide an alternate trailhead for folks who want to get up to the Five Tree Hill lookout.”
Andreoletti noted that there is still work to be done on a 58-foot bridge over the Sucker Brook and that the project is on track to be completed in the spring of 2013.
She added that the ultimate goal is to provide a continuous expanse of hiking trails, stretching from Vermont 2A to South Road.
“The next project is to build a floating bridge to get people from Oak Hill Road to South Road,” Andreoletti said. “That’s the last missing link.”