Montpelier Park Expanding Thanks to Donation from Union Mutual
MONTPELIER – Union Mutual is proud to announce its support of a local historic public park with a large financial contribution, enabling the City of Montpelier to acquire additional land surrounding Hubbard Park.
“Union Mutual believes strongly in being a corporate community steward,” said the Company’s General Counsel, Sarah Jarvis. “We are pleased to know that our contribution to the Park fundraising efforts will help expand opportunities for conservation, recreation, and natural education.”
According to a release issued by the City of Montpelier Parks, “The City of Montpelier is pleased to announce a donation of $10k from Union Mutual Insurance Company. This donation, along with several other recent donations from individuals, means that the City of Montpelier has achieved their goal to raise the funds needed to grow Hubbard Park by almost 80 acres! They want to thank Union Mutual, as well as the over 200 individual donors who helped them raise the final funds needed.”
The comprehensive project involves more than just expanding the land comprising the park. According to the City’s website, the project also includes:
- Add neighborhood access to Hubbard Park for over 200 households.
- Protect the headwaters of two high priority rivers and over 12 acres of wetlands, helping improve drinking water for Vermonters and providing quality habitat for frogs and salamanders, black bears and moose.
- Provide easier (less steep) access into the park, creating opportunities for gradual trails into the heart of Hubbard Park’s hilly terrain.
- Expand opportunities to teach kids and adults about the natural world, adding to park areas that can host kids’ ECO classes, Vermont Master Naturalist courses, Vermont Youth Conservation Corps, and a host of other community education opportunities.
- Protect Montpelier’s parkland for generations to come.
- Protect the only 2 state-significant natural communities in Hubbard Park .
- Increase trails for Montpelier to capitalize on economic development through outdoor recreation.
For more information on the project: www.montpelier-vt.org/1222/Expand-Hubbard-Park
Featured aerial photo of the tower at Hubbard Park courtesy of City of Montpelier Parks