Published on May 28th, 2013 | by Aimee Benton Alexander0
Christening of the New Paddling Access at the Plainfield Co-op
From our friends at Friends of Winooski River:
The Friends of the Winooski River teamed up with the Vermont River Conservancy and the Plainfield Co-op to construct a public canoe and kayak access on the Winooski River on the Co-op property. On Sunday June 2, a group representing the partners and others will paddle from Marshfield to the new access to officially christen the new site.
The upper Winooski has a shortage of maintained public paddling access sites. Prior to completion of this access, there was no public access in Plainfield. An access at this site was particularly important given the need to exit the river above the dam located in the center of the village. Local volunteers and students from Cabot School cleared debris, installed a gravel trail, and constructed two sets of timber-cribbed access stairs. Students also helped develop a landscape plan that will incorporate a rain garden and interpretive signage.
Funding for the project was provided by the Lake Champlain Basin Program and Cabot Creamery.
Friends of the Winooski River is a non-profit dedicated to the restoration and protection of the Winooski River and it’s tributaries. We work throughout the 1,080 square mile watershed to protect habitat, stabilize stream banks and improve water quality. We are also committed to providing people with access and opportunities to enjoy the river. To learn more about our work visit http://www.winooskiriver.org