We currently have over 20 miles of Recreation Path in South Burlington.
Maps of the Rec. Path: Print a map from one of the links below
- PDF- Rec. Path Map
- On-Line- Rec. Path Map on Local Motion site
- Official City Map of Recreation Paths, Trails & Bike Lanes
As contained in the present draft of the comprehensive plan being reviewed and needing final approval by the planning commission and city council.
The South Burlington Recreation Path began as an idea that developed into a large grass roots citizen`s organization. A few friends gathered in the winter of 1989 to discuss how there could be a safe off-road community path that might connect South Burlington`s parks, schools, and neighborhoods. Burlington`s bike path and Stowe`s Recreation Path were used as models. A survey indicated strong support and a volunteer committee was formed. This committee first convinced the City Council and Planning Commission that a path was possible and then proceeded to coordinate all aspects of the development. Landowner negotiations, fundraising, and public education were ongoing for three years. Voters approved a bond in May 1990 for $400,000 to construct Phase I (4.3 miles). A Land and Water Conservation Fund Grant of $69,000 was awarded in November 1990 to build Phase II (1.5 miles), and an Agency of Transportation Grant of $613,000 was awarded in March 1992 to build Phase III (2.2 miles). More than 500 other individuals, groups, and businesses donated additional funds to help build this path. Over 100 volunteers have served on the committee since its beginning. Landowners generously donated rights-of-way so the path could cross their property.
The South Burlington Recreation Path has truly been a community team effort and everyone should be proud of the results. There is still more that can be built within South Burlington and many connections to be made to neighboring communities. The path currently connects to the Burlington Bike Path system.