Public Art Proposal: Herb Ferris

HERB FERRIS Herb Ferris is a sculptor who describes his work as “the feeling of a hockey player’s gesture when he scores a goal; a batter celebrating a home run; the raised arms of the referee in football signaling a successful field goal.” He states that some of his work creates an entrance into the landscape, calling your attention to that space. In Japan those structures are called toriis, or gates, marking the entrances to special places. Walking through them becomes a reminder to stop and look. Other work…

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Public Art Proposal: Echo by Billings & Wasserman

ELIZABETH BILLINGS & ANDREA WASSERMAN Working together, Elizabeth and Andrea have been producing public art for more than 20 years—designing, fabricating, and installing site-specific public art projects of all sizes and budgets.  Both alumni of Cranbrook Academy of Art, their work celebrates the history, the community, and biodiversity of a geographical area, connecting community with nature. Bold, as well as contemplative, respectful of the environment and a focal point, the artwork anchors the viewer to a location. The dynamically patterned artwork, integral with landscape, creates a quiet strength that…

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A New Master Plan for Jaycee Park

O'Brien Center at Jaycee Park

You may have noticed the orange fencing and yellow tape that is now encircling the O’Brien Center at Jaycee Park. This area will now be a construction area, as the house is scheduled to be dismantled. Weather-permitting the work will begin next week. First, shingles will be removed and then the structure will be razed. The building had become unsafe for the public to use and is lacking structural integrity. The Parks Department staff has removed any items that could be recycled or reused. The appliances and the furnace have been…

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I-89 Exit 14 Bike/Pedestrian Crossing Workshop—Output

Last week, the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission and the City of South Burlington hosted a public workshop to explore the needs and improvements for the I-89 Exit 14 Bike/Pedestrian crossing. As you might imagine for one of the busiest areas in the state, this crossing (both east and west over I-89) could use some improvement for many reasons. Attendees were engaged in identifying ideas—broad and specific—that could be useful to prepare options for improved transit for this busy area. At the end of the workshop, each participant had the…

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South Burlington Weekend Wrap Up

Autumn park

What a weekend!  First, the weather—a beautiful Saturday with temperatures in the 60s. followed by the sharp decline in temperature and falling snow. This is fall in Vermont! Hope you were able to get out and enjoy our City this weekend—whether a walk on one of our many trails, a bike ride on the recreational path, or playing in the falling snow. Don’t forget that our parks are open for the winter, with limited facilities—but a great place to get out and enjoy the outdoors.   FAMILY BINGO NIGHT There…

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Spooktacular 2016 – A Smashing Success

It was a BOOtiful weekend of festive family fun as little ghosts and goblins flitted in and out of the annual Spooktacular Halloween events produced by the South Burlington Recreation and Parks Department. We kicked off the weekend with a community pumpkin carving party where families brought their energy and enthusiasm for carving and were able to leave the mess to us.  It was great to see so many families getting in on the fun and we are proud to announce that we had three adults in attendance who were first time…

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