The Mill Pond Park was added to the Montpelier Parks system in 2004 and turned into a beautiful space in 2005. This project was thanks to 2 weeks of help from a Vermont Youth Conservation Corps (VYCC) crew, a week of work from an International Volunteers for Peace group, a number of community volunteers, and our own Montpelier Parks staff. As a team we were able to remove an old house and its foundation, then sculpt the site. Then we planted numerous trees, riverbank plants and native flowers (including blueberries), worked on removing invasive species, and put in a pathway, a set of steps, the large "stone bench", and a place for launching boats.
Behind the Name
We are told that the dam down the river was put in to create water power for a mill, and the dam subsequently created a pond behind it, hence the name.