We did it! Together, we raised the $1.2 million needed for the Bluffside Farm section of a growing seven-mile recreation trail in downtown Newport! Thank you to all who gave.
It has been a long journey from 2015, when VLT purchased Bluffside Farm and the community meetings began, but it isn’t over yet. The walking path in front of the Waterfront Plaza was developed and opened in spring this year, forming a beautiful crescent of lakefront recreational land on Lake Memphremagog’s south shore. Now with funding for the Bluffside trail in place, we will begin permitting and construction of the connection between Prouty Beach and Bluffside Farm, thus linking downtown to the Beebe Spur Rail Trail. This new trail will include a bridge across Scott’s Cove.
Since 2015, the farm has been open to the public for recreation. Community members have enjoyed walking and skiing trails, local schools have used the land as an outdoor classroom, the Vermont Youth Conservation Corp has been growing vegetables there for North Country Hospital, and the annual deer hunting lottery has opened up the property to permitted hunters in season. See full press release and read more about the project here.