On the Burlington Waterfront
November 04, 2010
I am always up for a visit to the Burlington Waterfront. Whenever I find the time, I’ll go there to watch the sunset or stroll along the boardwalk. The park is where the city celebrates the Fourth of July and where visitors flock to take ferry rides on Lake Champlain.
Over the past 20 years, the park has been transformed from a neglected space into one of the most scenic and popular places in Burlington.
Burlington was a thriving lumber port in the 19th and early 20th centuries when Lake Champlain was a major transportation waterway. But commerce along Lake Champlain went into decline by the 1930s, and the waterfront eventually sat abandoned for decades.
The waterfront’s renewal began in the late 1980s when its revitalization came into focus. Now, the waterfront is a place where people gather to play Frisbee, ride bikes, listen to music, feed the ducks, and of course, watch the sunset.