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The Winooski Valley Park District (WVPD) is a cooperative partnership of seven member communities who share a common interest in protecting natural resources in the Winooski River Valley.

Today the Park District manages:


  • 18 Parks and Natural Areas
  • 1,750+ Acres of Conservation Land
  • 22+ Miles of Trail
  • 13+ Miles of Shoreline on Lakes, Ponds, and Rivers

The WVPD serves the member communities of Burlington, Colchester, Essex, Jericho, South Burlington, Williston, and Winooski.

Parks are open to the public year-round with no admission fees from dawn to dusk each day.

Tell us what you think!! We need your opinion –

         Did you know that if you live in Burlington, Colchester, Essex, Winooski, or Williston, you actually own the Winooski Valley Park District lands? In 1972, during a county-wide building boom, the five communities joined to make sure we preserved natural areas in our region. These communities agreed to fund the Winooski Valley Park District to assure that we shared the value of managed parks and preserves. Some parks have recreational components and some are protected. Combined, they assure forests, fields, and wetlands will remain an important part of our region’s commitment to the environment.

What makes the Winooski Valley Park District different from other conservation groups is that the land is owned and managed by the communities jointly. Those communities decide where and how to preserve land in exchange for managing the properties. In short, we get to decide how we treat the landscape through the strategies of the Park District. Before we move forward, we need to understand what people value and how we should share that cost fairly.

That is where we need your help. It has been forty-five years since we formed and thirty years since we took a look at our mission. In order to begin our next round of master planning, we need input from you, the folks that own and support our organization through your local taxes.

Please help us out by completing the survey.  If you are interested, leave us your name so we can get a deeper understanding of what you value in our parks. 

Complete our Survey Here

Thank you!  The WVPD Board of Trustees

Enjoy WVPD Parks For:


– Walking, Hiking & Running

– Canoeing & Kayaking

– Fishing

– Snowshoeing & XC Skiing

– Picnic Areas & Rental Facilities

– Scenic Overlooks & Wildlife Viewing

Outdoor Classrooms

– Community Gardening

The WVPD also offers:


WVPD Board of Trustees Information

The WVPD Board of Trustees meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 4:30 pm in the WVPD Offices at the Ethan Allen Homestead in Burlington. For more information on the WVPD’s Board of Trustees visit our Staff & Board of Trustees page. Next meeting date: February 20, 2018, at 4:30 pm.