The Village of Woodstock Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the completion of a $62,500 Ecosystem Restoration grant to restore the ecosystem at the town snow dump and create the Woodstock Community Riverfront Park located on Pleasant Street. The work the grant financed has been completed and the area is dramatically improved. The area is known locally as “The Jungle” and was a very unattractive area.
The current snow dump is on the Ottauquechee River and collects approximately 12,000 cu. yd. of snow that is picked up annually off Village streets. The grant was awarded to Woodstock for site work to filter stormwater runoff and snow melt from the snow dump before it reaches the river.
The grant paid to install a rain garden over 300 feet long to absorb runoff water, and to install a riparian buffer of shrubs, trees and other native plantings along the top of the bank of the Ottauquechee River. Willow stakes and other natural plants and grasses were planted within the armored river bank. Work also included the placement of a layer of top soil 6″ thick that has been planted with conservation mix to create a lawn area to be a riverfront community park. This area will now be able to filter stormwater runoff from rain and also from melting snow. The park contains access to the Ottauquechee River for boating or swimming.
On October 19th, following construction of the rain gardens, riparian buffer and creation of a park, a community party was held at the site to “Say Good bye to the Jungle” and to usher in a new era for this land.
If you want to learn more about the history of this project check out this blog post from a year ago while the project was in progress: https://vtwatershedblog.com/2013/10/22/woodstock-community-river-park/