Winooski Valley Park District


Welcome to the Winooski Valley Park District's (WVPD) webpage! The WVPD is your Park District. It was created by the member municipalities for its residents in 1972. It now includes 18 parks, over 1,700 acres of natural areas, 22 miles of trails, and over 12 miles of shoreline on lakes and rivers. The WVPD’s member municipalities are Burlington, Colchester, Essex, Jericho, South Burlington, Williston, and Winooski.

Join Us At An Upcoming Event!

Sept. 19: Animals of the North: What Will Global Climate Change Mean for Them? Presentation with Sue Morse of Keeping Track ®. Sue Morse is a highly regarded expert on natural history and one of the top wildlife trackers in North America. Watch a stunning slide show featuring Sue’s award winning wildlife photography and learn the ways in which northern wildlife species are being affected by climate change, and what we can do about it. This engaging presentation is being sponsored by the WVPD and the Green Mountain Club Burlington Section ( Doors open at 6:30pm, show will be from 7:00-9:00pm at the Ethan Allen Homestead in Burlington. This will also be an opportunity for interested individuals to register for the Keeping Track ® Monitoring Program course being offered in conjunction with Keeping Track ®, the Winooski Valley Park District and Cold Hollow to Canada starting in October. To learn more about the KTMP course visit or contact the WVPD at (802) 863-5744 or at Check out the poster for the event here: Animals of the North poster

Sept. 21: Historical Talk at the Ethan Allen Homestead Museum 4:00pm in the Founders Tavern. For more information visit: Or call (802) 865-4556.

Sept. 23: Vermont Community Garden Network presents the 2014 Fall Grow It! Workshop for community and school garden leaders! Workshops are from 4:00-7:00pm, including a light dinner, at the Ethan Allen Homestead. Visit or call (802) 861-4769 to register and for more information.

Sept. 28: Vermont Community Garden Network Harvest Festival Celebration! Celebrate the harvest season with great food, corn roasting, music, fun and more! 3:00-7:00pm at the Ethan Allen Homestead picnic shelter. For more information visit:

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Winooski Valley Park District Mission

The Winooski Valley Park District's mission is to plan, acquire, and manage lands and waters within the boundaries of its member municipalities in the Winooski River Valley for purposes of conservation, preservation of natural areas, establishment of parks, and resource-based education and recreation.

The WVPD's Master Plan provides guidance to achieve this mission.

Rent Our Facilities

picnic shelter Rent the picnic shelter or a classroom for your next event, meeting, or reunion!

The Winooski Valley Park District's picnic shelter is available for rent year-round. Just a short distance from the Ethan Allen Homestead's walking trails, self-guided wetlands walk, Winooski River canoe and kayak access, and the Ethan Allen Homestead Museum's historic barn and house, the picnic shelter is an ideal location for events, reunions, and parties. The shelter offers several picnic tables, a fireplace, electricity, toilets, and ample parking.