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Baxter Street Park

Impact Area: Health and Wellness, Social Equity
Region: Northeast

We will create a community park designed by neighborhood residents on Baxter St in Rutland. We want a gathering place where kids can play.

$25,231 Raised out of $10,000
38 Donors
0 Days Remaining

About this project.

At the corner of Baxter Street and Library Avenue sits a large abandoned and blighted  home with an empty lot next door. Regardless of this scary unsafe structure, it is a place where children in this neighborhood play. But soon that building is coming down and a park will be created  in its place. NeighborWorks of Western Vermont and the Rutland City Recreation and Parks Department are excited to work together with neighborhood residents to determine what will be created in this 7,000 square foot space.  


On a sunny evening in July, residents came together to share ideas of what they would like to see happen in this space. All green space was an option but overwhelmingly, neighbors wanted to see this as a place with features for children to play on and the neighborhood to gather. "The children already play here, it would be great for it to be a clean safe space where they could have fun" a resident replied.  


Cindi Wight, the Recreation Department Director listened. She allowed neighbors to vote for their first and second choices as well as other things that were important to them and listen to concerns they had for the park. The number one item neighbors wanted to see was a play structure for young children. Along with this apparatus, a bocce court was important as well as a shelter to put a picnic table.  Wight noted "it is exciting to be adding a new park to our city and one that will be well used by the many children and families in the neighborhood."


We hope to raise $10,000 to directly benefit this new playground. These funds will go a long way to establishing just what the neighborhood residents would like there such as a new play structure, bocce court and shelter with a picnic table.

If you have questions please email Cindi Wight at cindiw@rutlandrec.com.

How will this impact your community?

The new park on the corner of Baxter Street and Library Avenue is at the beginning of the transformation of this Northwest Neighborhood. Children in the neighborhood currently play alongside the abandoned and blighted property and it is important to local residents that they remain able to do that but in a safe and fun environment. Community members were asked to give the Recreation Department feedback as to what they wanted to see in the park and the majority of the residents replied "a place for the kids to play"!

e creation of the park sends the message of transformation to both those inside this neighborhood and those looking in.  Soon the looming decrepit building will be gone and a fun community space  where residents can meet will be created. In the process, the neighborhood residents will have a say in what will be there. Important to the process is resident engagement and pride of ownership. Although planning has been in the works, establishing this park will be the impetus to creating pride and confidence in the neighborhood and contributing to the positive image building and healthy neighborhood we all want    

About us!

Rutland Recreation and Parks Department works hard to create opportunities for a more vibrant community. We provide extensive youth sports opportunities, an award winning youth theatre program, a varied arts program, programs for seniors along with many special events that bring our community together. We take great pride in our parks and making them safe and fun places for all ages to enjoy.

NeighborWorks of Western Vermont is a nonprofit one-stop shop, providing all the answers and support homebuyers and owners need: homebuyer and financial management classes, realty, lending, home repair, energy efficiency and more. 


  • Thank you for your donation and positively impacting the lives of the northwest neighborhood both current and future.


  • August - September, 2015:  Building demolition
  • August - October, 2015: Site preparation and fundraising
  • October - November, 2015: Level and seed park
  • December 2015 - March, 2016: Survey property
  • April - May, 2016: Park construction

Cindi Wight
Mary Cohen
Homeownership Center Director
Kayla Ploof
Social Media
Sara Gilbert
Director of Business Development

About Cindi Wight

Cindi oversees the Rutland Recreation & Parks Department and strongly believes in the power of parks and play for improving the quality of life for residents.

About Mary Cohen

Mary makes a difference every day helping first time home buyers make their dream happen of owning their first home. In this project Mary makes sure we not only do the right thing but do the thing right.

About Kayla Ploof

Kayla joined the Rutland Recreation and Parks team after graduation from Castleton University. She completed her internship with the department in the spring of 2015. Kayla loves field hockey and is an assistant coach for Rutland High School.

About Sara Gilbert

Sara is Director of Business Development for NeighborWorks of Western Vermont.

September 4, 2015 - Progress!

If you have been by our park location you can see that the demolition of the house is moving right along! It is impressive how the contractor is working to re-use as many materials from the house as possible. There is a pile of wood for sale and a pile of materials available for free. Many times a house demolition all goes straight to the transfer station.

Chip Greeno from The Local raised $800 for the park through a cover charge at The Local. Thank you Chip for supporting our community! We received a check from Rutland Blooms to go towards landscaping. ACF church has committed to raise funds and build a pavilion in the park. Stay tuned as they will be looking to recruit neighborhood volunteers to help make it happen. Linda Justin stopped by and donated on behalf of the Dream Center. We have also received many individual donations from $5.00 to $100.00. All donations are helpful in working towards our goal of a great park! You can donate on-line; stop by and visit us at 16 North Street Extension; or drop a check off in the mail to the same address.

Have a fun Labor Day Weekend and remember to GO PLAY!

October 27, 2015 - Park Update

We are excited to share that the Rutland City Rotary Club donated $10,000 to go towards the cost of a nice fence at the property. We were able to use all prior funds raised to purchase a swing and spinner plus have $2,000 extra to go to the fence. With the use of an existing wood fence down 3/4 of one property line we are optimistic that we will be able to cover all costs except removal and installation of playground pieces with donations of cash, items and labor. We will be utilizing our parks staff to remove and install the playground that is coming from the Allen Street Campus and installing our new playground pieces.

The lot has been leveled and seeded. The survey of the lot will be done over the winter and we should be all set to go for a park raising in April or May depending on weather. It will be an exciting spring!