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New nature park opens with creek views

MIDDLEBURY The Middlebury Area Land Trust celebrated the opening of Otter View Park at a Grand Opening on Sept. 13. The event included childrens activities and local foods and beverages. Otter View Park, a 15-acre natural area at the corner of Weybridge Street and Pulp Mill Bridge Road, includes a variety of features to support its mission of keeping a mandated green space within a developed neighborhood while also providing opportunities for relaxation and enjoying nature. The park, developed by MALT, was a collaborative effort that received the support of the towns of Middlebury and Weybridge, Middlebury College, the Otter Creek Audubon Society, and many individuals in the surrounding neighborhoods and elsewhere. In addition, the park created three new units of housing in collaboration with the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board. One of the units will be developed by Habitat for Humanity. Otter View Park, said MALT Board President Story Jenks, is an innovative combination of natural spaces connected by paths and a spectacular boardwalk that carries visitors from the field, out over the marsh, and down to the banks of Otter Creek. All the walkways are designed to provide accessibility for those with special needs, so we hope everyone in the area will visit and use this beautiful new park.

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