Middlebury Downtown Park, Middlebury, Vermont
Wagner Hodgson recently completed a 1.7 acre public park in downtown Middlebury, VT situated at the location of the former Town Municipal Office Building and Gymnasium at 94 Main Street. WHLA worked with the Town and Middlebury College to create a family-friendly, safe, and visually inviting space for residents, students and visitors to the Town of Middlebury. The park incorporates a large play lawn, a variety of seating, picnic tables, interactive and natural play elements, historic markers, and public art. A mix of both passive and active recreational areas are unified by accessible walks, sustainable LED lighting, and native planting. Planting design utilizes a variety of native trees and plants to define spaces and ensure both color and texture throughout the seasons. Stormwater is directed to a series of rain gardens along the lower edge of the Park. The goal was to create a park of lasting quality and unique character for the enjoyment of the community.