Right now, the Mad River Valley has the chance to buy Mad River Park—land off of Route 100 in Waitsfield that is used by one-third of Valley elementary school kids for field sports.
The land has been leased by the Town of Waitsfield for more than 10 years. The Mad River Park Corporation, which owns the fields, doesn’t want to renew the lease. They plan to sell the fields and have offered them to the community for $550,000.
If the communities in the Valley do not purchase the fields for recreation, they will be sold and used for other purposes. The loss of these fields would significantly diminish youth recreation programs, impacting children, families, and the community.
We are raising money to help buy this land. We need your help to save this land for public recreation! Click here to view map.
Sports teach children the value of belonging to a team, help build self-confidence and friendships—adding to emotional and physical health and providing a foundation of well-being that helps lead to success. The Mad River Park is also a place for families to make friends and strengthen the community.
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. 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. 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 for all ages.
- 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.
We Need You!
We can’t save Mad River Park without your support. We must raise $560,000 for the purchase of the land and associated project costs. An independent appraisal valued the 10-acre parcel at $725,000, so the sale price is a generous one.
With your support, we expect to succeed. Please make a donation today!
The Vermont Department of Forests, Parks & Recreation will put $225,000 towards the project.
- The Towns of Waitsfield, Moretown, Fayston and Warren will each vote on contributing $31,250—a total of $125,000—on town meeting day.
- An anonymous donor has contributed another $100,000.
We must raise an additional $110,000 to buy the fields for the Mad River Valley.
While the Recreation District will own and manage the land, they are working with the Vermont Land Trust and local volunteers to raise the money needed to buy the land.