A VIEW FROM ABOVE
PUBLIC PARK SPACE
Burlington is fortunate to have a great number of public parks that range in size from 0.2 acres to 14 acres. Waterfront Park and Battery Park are tremendous assets in the study area, offering amenities such as skate parks, promenades, band shells, festival space, and playgrounds. The downtown area, however, has a shortage of public park space available to visitors, workers, and residents. This is sorely evident from the large compacted lawn areas in City Hall Park, the only effective park space in this area. The x-ray above highlights the distribution of public parks around the City and locations where additional civic space could be considered to better service residential neighborhoods.
Burlington was laid out in a traditional grid, with a 5 block by 6 block downtown core set at regular dimensions of approximately 360 feet by 380 feet. Today, you can still see the clear intention of this early platting still largely intact, with the exception of the streets truncated by Burlingtonâ€™s urban renewal area. Outside the core, the grid loosens into a network of irregular blocks that provide a highly connective fabric of streets that disperse traffic and provide alternative routes for cyclists and pedestrians. It is evident from the x-ray above where there are opportunities to extend the street grid, including in the South End District, where a number of new connections could be made.
Downtown & Waterfront Master Plan for Burlington, Vermont. Adopted June 10, 2013.