The Peace Park was born as a result of the vision and initiative of the local group WILPF, Women's International League of Peace and Freedom. WILPF approached city council with the idea, worked with city staff to identify a good location, and then raised money and volunteers to build the Peace Park. Located at a spot on the bike path to the west of the High School where there is some extra room between the path in a beautiful spot right along the Winooski river, the Peace Park offers a quiet and wonderful spot to enjoy the river, the beautiful flowers that volunteers maintain, as well as a nice place to picnic.
The Peace Park was built mostly by the donations of money, time, materials and labor of the group, with some support from park staff. City taxpayers have provided some yearly support for materials, $500 a year, to buy plant materials, replacement benches, picnic tables, mulch and more. Volunteers continue to do a majority of the work but park staff and volunteers occasionally pitch in to assist when needed.
The Recreation department mows the peace park, as well as other spots on the bike path near the high school, on their way to mow the Dog River ball fields.
Contact us if you would like to help with the Peace Park in any way!