Oakledge Park

Always too soggy for a good game of softball or baseball, the lower field at Oakledge Park (a Vermont Class 2 Wetland) is being converted back to its natural state—a forested wetland. Partnering with Vermont Audubon, Burlington Parks Recreation and Waterfront department has planted over 1,000 native trees and shrubs, many sourced from the Intervale Center's Conservation Nursery and grown right here in Burlington. With support from National Audubon’s Plants for Birds program, many species planted were selected with an eye towards native tree and shrub species that attract and provide cover for birds. Additionally, extensive tree plantings are a notable step towards Burlington’s Climate Action goal of 50% canopy cover in the city by 2025.