06.15.09

Burlington Waterfront Improvements Prepare Waterfront For Quad Celebration

…$2.7 M In Leahy-Secured Grants Used to Improve Waterfront Access

BURLINGTON, Vt. – U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Burlington Mayor Bob Kiss and members of Burlington’s business community marked the completion of new public restrooms, a visitor center, additional parking for tour buses and traffic flow improvements on Burlington’s Waterfront during a Monday morning news conference outside the new visitor center adjacent to the Pease parking lot.

The $2.7 million in federal grants used to fund construction were secured by Leahy in the 2005 federal transportation authorization bill.  The improvements, officially completed Monday, mark the first phase of traffic, pedestrian and bicycle access improvements on the waterfront.  Additional construction will occur this fall, after the busy summer season and the events commemorating the Quadricentennial celebration of Samuel de Champlain.

“Bold vision and leadership over the past two decades have turned old warehouses, a power plant, and a grain silo into parks, a science center, a maritime museum, and a sailing center,” said Leahy.  “Today, we continue cultivating this public space so that more people can conveniently access it and enjoy it.  These improvements will be especially helpful this summer, as we draw people to the waterfront to celebrate the Quadricentennial celebration of Samuel de Champlain’s voyage to Lake Champlain.”

“The improvements and amenities completed this spring on Burlington’s waterfront represent a responsible investment of public funds to better serve the needs of people who live in and visit the City,” said Kiss.  The accessibility of Burlington’s waterfront is an asset that we should all appreciate and enjoy.”

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