On behalf of the Park in the Street Organizing Team, I would like to issue a heartfelt ‘Thank you’ to the community of Montpelier for the overwhelming support it showed on Saturday, June 21. Our attendance counters tallied just over 9000 visitors – a number that far exceeded expectations.
The goal of the Park in the Street was to feature Montpelier’s businesses and community in a fun, creative and innovative fashion. We had over two-dozen area businesses and organizations transform parking spots into urban parks for the day. They engaged with the attendees in a wide variety of creative ways, from the Montpelier Business Association’s collaborative park with a sitting area and a bike blender, to Ondine Salon’s outside lounge and henna artist. Attendees repeatedly commented how fun it was to interact with businesses in such a different way.
And speaking of all the great parks, I am pleased to announce the Park Award Winners!
Most Educational Park: Vermont Works for Women – their booth featured sample projects and information about the programs that they run.
Most Creative Park: The North Branch Café – their booth featured a stunning recreation of their beautiful hand painted floor and a relaxing seating area with chair massage and more.
Most Relaxing Park: Circle of International Women – They created a beautiful Red Tent: a place where women could gather, share stories, celebrate feminine power and honor moon cycles.
Most Recreational Park: Woodbury Mountain Toys – They hosted a wide variety of kids’ games and toys for all ages and collected the most votes, earning them the coveted The Pedestrians’ Choice Award as well!
I heard many great things throughout the day from assorted visitors; many people were excited to interact with the businesses that hosted parks, many were excited to be sitting on State Street in chairs instead of cars. But the most commonly repeated sentiment was how much fun it was to simply hang out with the community in the heart of the city. Hearing this all day was proof that we successfully created a Park in the Street, accomplishing everything we set out to do and more.
The Park in the Street is a huge undertaking and would not have been possible without our hardworking and tireless team of volunteers and staff. Thank you to the Downtown Improvement District grant that almost exclusively funded the event. Thanks also to 802 Toyota, 802 Honda and Twin City Subaru for their generous support and providing free cab service for attendees, and to all the city officials and employees who help with everything from paper work to barricading the road. This event would have a much taller task without all of your help!
Please click here for a link to our survey. We invite all event participants and attendees to take a few minutes to give us your feedback. The Park in the Street is truly a community event so your input is key to the long-term success of the event. Thank you in advance for your comments.
Thanks one last time to all who came down to our event! Over all the years and events I’ve planned, this one has leapfrogged right to the top of my list as one of my favorites! The energy of the crowd was incredible and the participants were phenomenal, making it no surprise how successful the event was. I cannot wait for the chance to do it all over again next year!
Park in the Street Event Coordinator