HOW TO SAFELY USE WVPD PARKS DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC:
- Maintain at least a six-foot (6’) physical distance from other people in the park as recommended by the CDC
- Please stay home if you or members of your household are feeling unwell
- Do not travel or carpool with non-household members
- 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
- Wash hands often with soap and water, or use hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol. Carry hand sanitizer with you while visiting parks
- 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 are closed
- 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 as long as possible, but need the public’s help to ensure they remain a safe space for everyone. Please observe and follow all signage posted in the parks and other public recreation areas.
Posted March 27, 2020
Valley Ridge is a currently undeveloped 18 acre natural area with riparian floodplain forest along the Winooski River in South Burlington. It is a vital wildlife corridor that allows mobility up and down the Winooski River without having to cross Interstate 89. Valley Ridge connects to Centennial Woods and is contiguous with Caitlin Island and Casavant Natural Area across the Winooski River. Valley Ridge has served as a corridor for bobcat and provides habitat for otter, beaver, muskrat, mink, fox, deer, and raccoon. Valley Ridge’s floodplain supports a diversity of ferns and waterfowl while a power line right of way maintains a meadow with a variety of wildflowers and pollinators.