Great Opportunity to Design Pocket Park in Waitsfield

Waitsfield_Covered_Bridge.jpgThe Town of Waitsfield is seeking proposals from qualified consultants to provide engineering and design services for the development of the Waitsfield Pocket Park. The project involves design, permitting, and construction of a public pocket park in Waitsfield Village, along the Mad River, adjacent to the historic 1833 Big Eddy Covered Bridge.

The .05 acre site, owned by the Town, was left vacant after Tropical Storm Irene destroyed the historic building at 50 Bridge Street. The Downtown Action Team (V-DAT) identified and created a conceptual design for a pocket park on the site during a planning and community engagement process with the community.

The goal of the project is to avert future flood damage through the creation of a durable, attractive, floodable park. The proposed amenities are to be scaled and placed in a manner to cohesively integrate the park into the historic covered bridge and street access areas. The project will utilize materials that both reflect the natural surroundings such as well-placed stones to reflect the natural rock outcroppings, but will be resilient to future flood events. The project is being funded with the aid of a Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Relief 2 (CDBG-DR2) grant and municipal funds.

Respondents should submit proposals to [email protected], or Waitsfield Town Office, 9 Bridge Street, Waitsfield, VT 05673, by Friday, August 19, 2016 at 12:00pm. Please contact Town Administrator Valerie Capels at (802) 496-2218, ext. 14, or by email at [email protected] for more information.