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City losing its playground grant

Posted on April 30, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Vergennes officials on Wednesday learned the city will not receive an extension on its $21,000 state grant to support an East Street preschool playground, news that effectively pulls the plug on a project that generated opposition among neighbors and mixed reviews from other city residents.

The city had already received one extension from the Department of Buildings & General Services that required that work on the $42,000, quarter-acre project, proposed for city land next to the municipal pool, be under way by June.

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Proposed city playground now in jeopardy

Posted on April 16, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — The proposed East Street preschool playground appeared to be on life support after Tuesday’s Vergennes City Council meeting.

Project designer David Raphael of Middlebury landscape design firm LandWorks told the aldermen on Tuesday he could no longer continue to devote time to the project, and that because of needed sitework it appeared even the scaled-down version approved by aldermen this winter could not be built for its $42,000 price tag.

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City council to defend its approval of playground project

Posted on April 2, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen in a 4-2 vote on Tuesday agreed to defend in court their support for a proposed East Street preschool playground.

The action came in response to a March 18 lawsuit that East Street resident John O’Donnell, who has spoken against the project at public meetings, filed in Addison Superior Court that sought a preliminary injunction ordering Vergennes to cease efforts to build the playground.

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Aldermen stand behind playground after city vote

Posted on March 12, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



 

VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen on Tuesday confirmed their support for an East Street preschool playground, an action taken despite a Town Meeting Day vote against the project.

All five aldermen at the meeting said the 303-202 tally on March 3 on the $42,000 project was not representative because the petitioned language on the article failed to make clear that residents would not pay to build the playground.

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DRB approves city's preschool playground

Posted on February 23, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — The Vergennes Development Review Board agreed on Monday, Feb. 16, to approve a preschool playground on city-owned land on East Street, City Manager and zoning administrator Mel Hawley told Vergennes aldermen at their Feb. 17 meeting.

Hawley said in a Wednesday interview that all DRB members supported the city’s proposal for a boat-like climbing structure and a swing set on about a quarter acre next to the city pool.

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Bristol playground almost done

Posted on October 13, 2014 |
By Addison Independent



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BRISTOL — Dozens of volunteers came out to help construct the new playground on the Bristol green Oct. 4 and 5, but a delayed shipment prevented the crew from completing the project.

“Each day, 20 to 40 people came and we did as much as we could,” said Jill Kopel, a project organizer and Bristol parent. “We’re very close.”

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Bristol’s new playground generating strong feelings

Posted on September 11, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



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BRISTOL — A spirited debate about a new playground on the town green has sprung up between residents in the past several weeks. Some described the not-yet-completed playground as an eyesore, while others chimed in to defend the months of hard work of playground organizers.

The discussion began with a series of posts on Front Porch Forum both criticizing and praising the playground project.

“The new playground is the ugliest thing I have ever seen,” wrote Scott and Stacie Ayotte on Aug. 29.

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Design picked for Kidspace replacement

Posted on December 22, 2013 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury voters in April will be asked to endorse a new playground design to replace the popular Kidspace structure at Mary Hogan Elementary School, a project that would be installed next summer at a cost of $224,723.

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Grant is key to new city playground

Posted on October 17, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — The proposed Vergennes toddler playground has a few hurdles to clear before it can be built near the city pool this spring. The project depends on whether the city receives a $25,000 state grant, aldermen heard at their Oct. 8 meeting.

Alderman and city recreation committee head Joe Klopfenstein and City Manager Mel Hawley updated the council on the proposed toddler park at that meeting.

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