Seeking Public Input on Improvements to Mt. Philo State Park
|The view from the Mt. Philo Overlook. - Raven Schwan-Noble|
Mt. Philo is Vermont’s first State Park, as well as its most popular. With over 40,000 visitors every year, several issues have become apparent in the park. A full design plan was deemed necessary to ensure the park is accessible and safe for all users, while serving as a sustainable, natural, and recreational resource for generations to come.
After nearly a decade of work and with substantial public input, the long-range management plan (LRMP) for Mt. Philo State Park identified the need of enhancement plans to address parking and trail improvements in response to increased park use. The conceptual design proposed by the SE Group of Burlington introduces the following and more:
- improved vehicular and pedestrian circulation/safety
- storm water management/treatment
- permanent restroom facilities
- improved accessibility
- sustainable path connections
- expanded seating space
The Mt. Philo LRMP was developed by its district stewardship team, a group consisting of subject matter experts from all disciplines within the Agency of Natural Resources (ANR). The plan can be viewed at Mt. Philo Long Range Management Plan. More information on Vermont State Parks can be found at www.vtstateparks.com.
All feedback on the proposed design should be submitted by Sept. 30, 2020 and directed to:
Parks Regional Manager