Parks and Open Space Master Plan

Overview

Parks and Open Space

The Parks and Open Space Master Plan is a community-driven master plan for the City of Winooski’s parks and open spaces that may help guide future long-term decisions for Winooski’s public spaces. The plan will tentatively create equitable and connected public space, with the goal of having a park within a ten-minute walk of every resident.

The plan is being led by the City of Winooski in partnership with Omnes, a landscape architecture, planning, and art studio based in the historic mill town of Easton, Pennsylvania. Omnes will guide the four-month planning process, which will include four public engagement sessions. The planning process is community-driven, with the voices of all informing strategies for both improvement and implementation of new parks within the City.

Public input opportunities for this project are announced via the City’s news updates. To sign up for these updates, click here. Can’t make a public input meeting?

Email your questions and comments to be included via this address: info@omnes.studio

The project is generously funded through a grant awarded to the City of Winooski by the National Recreation and Parks Association. To learn more about Omnes and their mission, visit omnes.studio/about. 

Project Updates


11.2.20

Ray Coffey, Community Services Director, gave an update on the Parks and Open Space Master Plan during the Winooski City Council meeting on 11.2.20. 

10.5.20

After a presentation by Omnes, Winooski City Council discussed the Parks and Open Space Master Plan. 

9.15.20 

The Safe, Healthy, Connected People Commission held their regular remote meeting on 9.15.20 where Omnes gave a project update and presented the draft plan:

5.6.20

Parks & Open Space Master Plan Survey

Have an idea about how to improve your favorite park in Winooski? Got a recommendation for a new feature or new space for a park?  We want to hear from you! The City of Winooski is developing a Parks and Open Space Master Plan and needs your help to define our vision for the future.

Click here to share your thoughts on proposals to date as we work to further refine the draft plan!

The planning process is community-driven, with the voices of all informing strategies for both improvement to existing parks and potential development of new parks within the City. Please take a moment to fill out this survey, and help us by sharing the survey within your networks. Thanks, and we look forward to seeing you in the parks sometime soon.

Questions regarding the Winooski Parks and Open Space Master Plan can be sent to Ray Coffey, Community Services Director: rcoffey@winooskivt.gov 

1.29.20

Parks & Open Space Master Plan Community Input Meeting on 2/11/20 

Join us for our upcoming Parks and Open Space Community Input meeting:

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 - 6:30 PM @ Winooski City Hall (27 West Allen Street)

  • Review new designs for Winooski’s parks! 
  • Ask questions
  • Give feedback
  • Interpretation*, snacks, and refreshments provided
  • Share this event on Facebook

View the meeting presentation.

*Interpreters will be available for speakers of Nepali, Swahili, and Arabic.

11.26.19

Parks and Open Space Master Plan Public Meeting on 12/10/19

What do you love about Winooski’s parks? What would you like to see changed? The City of Winooski is continuing the Parks and Open Space Master Plan public process with Omnes and your input is needed!  Our second public input session will take place during the next Safe, Healthy, Connected People Commission meeting:

Omnes will present inventory and analysis of existing park spaces, as well as community input collected during the first session held on 10/26/19. All from the community are invited and encouraged to contribute ideas for the enhancement of existing parks and open space in Winooski.  Interpreters will be available for speakers of Nepali, Swahili, and Arabic. 

10.24.19 

Press Release: Parks and Open Space Master Plan Public Input Opportunity

The Omnes team will be at Rotary Park for the annual Halloween in Winooski celebration on Saturday, October 26th from 5 to 8 PM, soliciting residents’ feedback, ideas, and visions for the future of Winooski. All from the community are invited and encouraged to participate, and interpreters will be available for speakers of Nepali, Swahili, and Arabic. Make your voice heard, and let’s weave the fabric of Winooski’s parks and open spaces together. 

2.19.19 

City of Winooski Awarded NRPA 10-Minute Walk Grant

The City of Winooski is proud to announce that it is one of ten communities nationwide selected to receive $40,000 in grant funding from the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) as part of its national 10-Minute Walk campaign. The 10-Minute Walk campaign – led by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), The Trust for Public Land (TPL), and the Urban Land Institute (ULI) – is funded by the JPB Foundation and aims to address the fact that one in three Americans don’t have a park within a 10-minute walk (or half-mile) of home.

Funds received through the grant will help the City of Winooski to develop a comprehensive Parks and Open Space Plan, including improving access and connectivity between City parks and developing plans to make one of Winooski’s parks universally accessible for all visitors regardless of their age, size, ability or disability.


Project Contacts


Ray Coffey - Community Services Director:

rcoffey@winooskivt.gov 

Laura Stedenfeld - Principal, Omnes: 

les@omnes.studio


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