Burlington City Hall Park, Burlington, Vermont
In 2012 Wagner Hodgson began working in conjunction with Burlington City Arts (BCA) to re-imagine City Hall Park in Burlington. Working with a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts the project committee used the arts to engage the public and gain insight into what people would like to see in the Park. Through a series of public engagement sessions over 1,000 ideas were collected and condensed down into 3 preliminary schemes. From the 3 preliminary schemes a final consensus plan was developed to be used as a schematic master plan for a new park that would contain a performance space, children’s play fountain, a rain garden, seating, a cafe, bathrooms, rotating displays of art and improved garden areas. In 2017 the project became a part of the Great Streets Initiative. The Great Streets Initiative is a culmination of many years of planning and project development, including the public vote in March of 2015 to use the City’s downtown TIF district to make new investments in the downtown’s public infrastructure, to ensure that Burlington residents have a downtown that is a vibrant, walkable and sustainable urban center. Through this initiative, we’ll advance several key projects envisioned by plans such as Imagine City Hall Park, planBTV Downtown and Waterfront Master Plan, and the Transportation Plan.