You can download the Nov 16, 2017 presentation here.
Right now, the Mad River Valley Recreation District has the chance to purchase Mad River Park—recreational fields that are vital to our youth and community.
The land has been leased by the Town of Waitsfield for more than 10 years for soccer and lacrosse programs. The Mad River Park Corporation, which owns the fields, does not want to renew the Town’s lease. They wish to sell the fields and have offered them to the community for $550,000. If the Mad River Valley Recreation District does not buy the land, Mad River Park will be sold and used for other purposes. The loss of these fields would significantly diminish youth recreation programs in the Valley, impacting school children, families, and the community. We are raising money to buy Mad River Park. The fields are a place for families to make friends and strengthen our community. We need your help to save this recreation land and community gathering place for future generations.
Far-Reaching Benefits for the Community
The Mad River Valley Recreation District is working with the towns of Fayston, Moretown, Warren, and Waitsfield to purchase the fields. If successful, benefits will include:
- A place for youth and their families to exercise and socialize.
- Bringing business to the area: teams from outside the valley stay to shop and eat.
- A space for pick-up sports.
- Flat ground for people of all ages to take a walk.
- Protecting land that adds to the Valley’s quality of life and desirability as a place to live.
Mad River Park is located off of Route 100 in Waitsfield. It also serves Moretown, Warren, and Fayston. The well-drained fields are outside the floodplain, so can be used in early spring and late fall. The purchase price includes the installation of an 80-car parking lot on Airport Rd.
“I have been coaching at Mad River Park for several years. Based on my experience traveling around the state, I believe the Park is an exceptional venue: the quality of the fields is among the best; the playing areas are level; the grass is full; and the drainage is excellent. It can accommodate multiple games at once—this creates a spirit on a spring day that is very difficult to re-create.” – Chris Jernigan, Waitsfield Coach & Parent
We Need You!
We can’t save Mad River Park without your support. We must raise a total of $560,000 to buy the land and cover the costs associated with its purchase. An independent appraisal valued the 10-acres property at $725,000, so the sale price is a generous one.
The Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation has awarded the Mad River Valley Recreation District $225,000 towards the purchase of Mad River Park. The Towns of Waitsfield, Moretown, Fayston and Warren will each be asked to donate $31,250, for a total of $125,000. An anonymous donor has provided another $100,000. Therefore, we are seeking help from the community to raise the final $110,000 to acquire the fields for the Mad River Valley. We are almost there and have just $30,000 left to raise! Payments and pledges are due by June 15, 2017, and are contingent upon the Mad River Valley Recreation District completing the purchase of the land. While the Mad River Valley Recreation District will own and manage the land,it is working with the Vermont Land Trust and local volunteers to raise the funds needed to purchase the property.
“If we lose these fields, there is nothing to take their place. In a mountain community, open and flat land is precious and rare. We hope to preserve this valuable resource, so children for generations to come have a place to play, grow and learn.” —Gretchen Frank Fayston Parent
For more information and to make a gift online go to: www.vlt.org/madriverpark. To mail your gift, please send a check with “Mad River Park” written in the memo line to: Vermont Land Trust, 8 Bailey Ave., Montpelier, VT 05602
Feel free to download HelpSaveMadRiverPark (same content as in this post) to share with others, pin to local pin boards, etc.
For more information, contact:
- Liza Walker Vermont Land Trust email@example.com (802) 496-3690
- Elise Annes Vermont Land Trust firstname.lastname@example.org (802) 262-1206
- Rebecca Baruzzi Mad River Valley Recreation District email@example.com
Link to the MRV Moves Website with all pertinent information
“The MRV Moves Active Transportation Plan is a planning project led by the Mad River Planning District and funded in partnership by the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) Strong Communities, Better Connections Program, Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development (ACCD), Towns of Fayston, Moretown, Warren, & Waitsfield, the Mad River Valley Rotary Club and the Mad River Valley Chamber of Commerce.”
The presentation given by the MRVRD at the 2016 Tri-Town Select Board meeting (on thursday Nov 16th) is available for download at the below link. Feel free to post comments to this post.
We are getting ambitious and are looking into purchasing a field for soccer, lacrosse and Ultimate Frisbee use. Simultaneously, some exciting trail work is happening and more opportunities for different sports are being presented (pickle ball anyone?).
We want to make sure that we have the right balance in awarding grants and determining the future of the Rec District.
So, if you like fun and want to make sure that we support your idea of fun, please respond to the following survey: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfhDL8an7VGks3p_9F4e-FsJFJ4cQ6COdsVyqTgwJ_mgNZrbw/viewform
** this survey is short and painless and is the first of a series.**
Link to the GDOC