For updates on the WVPD’s response and operations during the COVID-19 Pandemic, please visit our COVID-19 Response page.


  • Per the State of Vermont Mask Mandate all visitors to WVPD parks must wear a mask or cloth facial covering any time where they come in contact with others from outside their households, and where it is not possible to maintain a physical distance of at least six feet.

  • Maintain at least a six-foot (6’) physical distance from other people not in your household while in the park as recommended by the CDC.

  • Please stay home if you or members of your household are feeling unwell.

  • Wash hands often with soap and water, or use hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol. Carry hand sanitizer with you while visiting parks.

  • Keep your dog(s) on a leash at all times and avoid touching and interacting other people’s dogs (they are members of the household and must follow physical and social distancing as well).

  • Avoid touching structures such as fences, sign posts, information boards, picnic tables, gates and railings.

  • Pick up your trash and properly remove it from the park to help protect our staff. Please pick up, bag, and properly dispose of your dog’s waste.

  • Restroom facilities at the Ethan Allen Homestead are closed. Restrooms are not available at other parks, please plan accordingly.

  • Bring your own water.

The WVPD acknowledges this is a fluid and constantly evolving situation. While WVPD parks currently remain open, we are closely following and will adhere to recommendations set forth by the CDC, Vermont Department of Health, along with state and local officials. We will strive to keep our parks open, but need the public’s help to ensure they remain a safe space for everyone.  Please observe and follow all signage posted in ours parks and all other public recreation areas.

Posted March 27, 2020; updated July 31, 2020

Due to the situation in regards to the COVID-19 outbreak, WVPD offices located at the Ethan Allen Homestead are closed until further notice. We are monitoring the situation closely and will continue to do so, along with following all guidelines and recommendation from the CDC and Vermont Department of Health, along will state and local officials. WVPD staff are working remotely, and are available via email (see below for staff email addresses or visit our contacts page).  In addition to the WVPD offices, the Ethan Allen Homestead Museum and Burlington Forest Preschool along with all public facilities (bathrooms) are closed, and all in-person meetings, programs, and events are postponed until further notice.  For questions specific to the Ethan Allen Homestead Museum or Burlington Forest Preschool, please contact them directly. The WVPD’s landline (802) 863-5744 will be checked periodically for messages; however, email is the best mode of communication at this time.

We strongly recommend that you gather information and track bulletins related to this situation at:

Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Vermont Department of Health

We will do our best to keep our park system in good shape – and recognize that they offer a unique respite during these trying times.  Parks will remain open per usual from dawn to dusk each day. If you do utilize our parks, please respect park rules and regulations, practice social distancing, avoid touching any surfaces, and make sure to sanitize before and after using the facilities.

Over the coming weeks, WVPD be compiling resources and activities to inform people about best practices on recreating outside while still maintaining physical distance, and to inspire people to get outside and connect deeper with nature during these isolating times. Check back here for more details, visit our Facebook page, or contact info@wvpd.org for details!

Thank you for your patience and understanding, and for joining the community in protecting each other during the coming weeks.

Best wishes,

Nick Warner
WVPD Executive Director

Posted March 16, 2020

Staff Email Contact:

Nick Warner, Executive Director nickwarner@wvpd.org

Tim Larned, Park Superintendent timlarned@wvpd.org

Lauren Chicote, Programs Director info@wvpd.org

Remy Crettol, Programs & Project Coordinator, remycrettol@wvpd.org

Rachel Proctor, AmeriCorps Environmental Educator & Resource Specialist, americorps@wvpd.org

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.

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, unless otherwise noted. For more information on the WVPD’s Board of Trustees visit our Staff & Board of Trustees page.

Next regularly scheduled meeting date: May 18, 2021 4:30pm

For information to join the meeting and Zoom link, please contact nickwarner@wvpd.org. Please note the WVPD offices are closed  to the public until further notice.