MONTPELIER — Mayor John Hollar announced today the formation of a working group that will be charged with suggesting areas for new multi-purpose trails in the capital city. The group will work with residents, city officials and private landowners to identify potential family-friendly trails which are accessible from downtown Montpelier.
“Montpelier is a great community for outdoor recreation, but we lack the multi-purpose trails that have become increasingly popular in many of our neighboring communities, including Northfield, Stowe and Waitsfield.” Hollar said. “The goal of this working group is to suggest areas for hiking and mountain biking that will be accessible for all ages and abilities.”
The working group will report back to the city with a slate of recommendations, including more child-friendly trails and links to trail systems outside of Montpelier.
“Let’s find the right trails in the right places so that Montpelier is easier to navigate on a bike, on skis or on foot,” said Parks Commission Chairman Bryan Pfeiffer. “We won’t open city parks to widespread biking, but we can examine options for new trails, adding bikes only to certain trails, or acquiring land for trails.”
The members of the working group are Dan Dickerson, a current member of the Parks Commission; Brian Murphy, a former long-time member of the Recreation Advisory Board; Kris Hammer, Stewardship Director of the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board; Roy Schiff, Chair of the Montpelier Conservation Commission; and Nolan Langweil, President of the Montpelier Area Mountain Bike Association.