NORTH WATERFRONT ELEMENTS OF THE PLAN 1
Battery Park is an important civic space as well as an archeologically sensitive area, possibly containing human remains dating back to its use as a military encampment and hospital during the War of 1812. Interpreting and celebrating this rich history presents an opportunity to restore and rethink this important site. At the northern end of the park is an opportunity to help frame and better define the park space with a capstone building at Sherman Street, which could be used to consolidate and relocate a number of public safety structures into a central campus for the City. This could include, but is not limited to, a new consolidated fire station and/or expansion for the police department. Regardless of the occupant, there is great value in locating a building here that can define and help to activate this northern end of the park. Develop a new master plan for Battery Park.
Develop a scoping study, incorporating the work done in previous analyses. Department of Public Works
The existing design of Battery Street from Battery Park to Maple Street is primary geared towards the automobile, with very few amenities for cyclists and pedestrians. Because of this auto-oriented focus, the street presents a physical obstacle, conflicting with the Cityâ€™s desire to better connect Church Street to the waterfront. A road diet or complete street project, reducing the focus on car travel, could increase safety for bikes and pedestrians. Better and more frequent crossings, pedestrian island refuges, and bike lanes or cycle tracks, are examples of improvements that would allow for easier connection.
The master plan calls for Depot Street to be kept as a pedestrian and bike connection between the waterfront and neighborhoods on the bluff to the North. The street should continue to serve as a release valve after major waterfront events or for emergencies, enabling lowspeed traffic to exit onto North Avenue. The intersection at the top of Depot Street with North Avenue will require intervention to increase safety and traffic flow. Street improvements or better management of traffic during events are also needed to ensure pedestrian and cyclist safety while cars are allowed.
Parks & Recreation Department
Continue to implement the Complete Streets Guidelines adopted as part of the 2011 Transportation Plan.
Department of Public Works
From Depot to College Street, there are no formal connections down the escarpment between Battery and Lake Streets. The master plan calls for a series of connections beginning with Sherman Street and including Pearl, Cherry, and possibly Bank Streets. While envisioned mostly as staircases or formalized trails, mechanical conveyances such as a funicular or elevators within a parking structure could provide accessibility for those with mobility impairments, located at the most prominent connection points, such as the foot of Pearl and Cherry Streets. Develop designs and find funding for construction of hillside infrastructure. Work with private land owners along Lake Street to secure access for infrastructure and incorporate the plans into any future private re-development at the bottom of the hill.
Parks & Recreation Department Department of Public Works
Downtown & Waterfront Master Plan for Burlington, Vermont. Adopted June 10, 2013.