Hartford Selectboard Names Quechee Pocket Park

  • The pocket park at Quechee Main Street and Waterman Hill Road in Quechee, Vt., on April 24, 2018. (Valley News - Carly Geraci) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. Carly Geraci

Published: 8/29/2018 12:16:46 AM
Modified: 8/29/2018 9:00:46 AM

Quechee — Seven years to the day after Tropical Storm Irene sent a building on Quechee Main Street into the Ottauquechee River, the pocket park that has replaced it has been named Quechee Falls Park.

The Selectboard on Tuesday voted unanimously on the moniker, which received pre-vote nominations from five of its seven members.

Quechee Falls Park and variations including “The Quechee Falls Park” and simply “Quechee Falls” made up 10 of the 64 nominations sent to the town by participants in a naming contest.

Each of those entrants went into a drawing for a $100 gift card, won by White River Junction resident Marie Wesson.

Tuesday was the seven-year anniversary of the day Irene ravaged Vermont, dumping up to 11 inches of rain in some areas and costing hundreds of millions in damage.

Selectwoman Becca White nominated Irene’s Park, though she said she was torn between that and Irene’s Overlook.

Alan Johnson nominated “La Poche Du Fromage,” which he said translates to “Pocket Cheese” and was suggested by his daughter.

Other public submissions included Park at River Quechee, Glass Blowers Park, Serenity Park, That Dam Park and Hartford’s Folly.

Thanks to funding from FEMA, the state’s Community Development Block Program and other sources, the out-of-pocket cost from the town to build Quechee Falls Park is about $151,500, according to Hartford Town Manager Leo Pullar.

That’s significantly less than the $250,000 the town had budgeted for the project last winter.

The multi-tiered park includes five benches, donated and installed by neighboring business Simon Pearce and the Quechee Community Church.

— Jared Pendak

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