HOW TO SAFELY USE WVPD PARKS DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC:
- Starting August 1, 2020 per the State of Vermont Mask Mandate all visitors to WVPD parks will be required to 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 in the park as recommended by the CDC
- Please stay home if you or members of your household are feeling unwell
- 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 all other public recreation areas.
Posted March 27, 2020; updated July 31, 2020
Woodside Natural Area
Accessible from Route 15, across from Fort Ethan Allen, Woodside Natural Area supports a diverse assortment of habitats and natural communities.
In the middle is a large beaver-impacted wetland that is a hot spot for bird activity. Visitors may be able to spot the eastern wood –peewee, wood duck, pileated woodpecker or Baltimore Oriole here. The Natural Area abounds with red and white oak, white and pitch pines, as well as red maple, witch hazel, white ash, basswood and black cherry.
This habitat supports a dense herb layer where the rare round-leaved tick trefoil, handsome sedge, and Minnesota sedge can be found. With its diverse flora and fauna, this park is an ideal place to observe animal tracks in winter.