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Berlin Ice Rink Solar Canopy

Berlin, Washington County, VT

Berlin, VT, located in Washington County, is a small town in northern Vermont, surrounded by the rolling hills of the Green Mountains and picturesque farms. The town has a strong sense of community, with plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy like hiking, kayaking, and camping. In June 2022, the Town of Berlin received from the State of Vermont Department of Housing and Community Development, a New Town Center
designation. This designation was the third in the 25-year history of the program.

Project Goals Statement: 

The goal of the Ice Rink Solar Canopy project is to create a four-season community gathering space. This is critical to Berlin’s goal of creating a more affordable place for families and businesses to call home by providing a walkable Town Center within easy access to home, work and play. This project will also focus on developing a solar canopy over the ice rink to produce electrical power and reduce Berlin’s carbon footprint.

Partner Organization:
Town of Berlin

Health Assessment Outcome:

The Berlin Community Health Equity Assessment collected input from community members (n=13) on their top contributors to health, health issues, and health behaviors. The survey also assessed community member preferences and level of support for the creation of recreational spaces.

Top 5 Most Important Factors for a Healthy Community

  • Affordable and safe housing
  • Low crime/safe neighborhoods
  • Places and opportunities for community connection
  • Good schools
  • Clean environment 

Top 5 Most Important Health Problem in the Community

  • Domestic violence
  • Aging problems (e.g., arthritis, hearing/ vision lose, etc.)
  • Heart disease and stroke
  • Child abuse/ neglect
  • Diabetes

 Top 5 Most Important Behaviors That Impact Overall Health

  • Lack of exercise
  • Substance misuse/Drug misuse
  • Poor eating habits
  • Alcohol misuse
  • Being overweight

Technical Assistance:

  • Data Collection and Analysis
  • Placemaking + Outreach and Engagement
  • Marketing and Communications
  • Fundraising
  • Long-term Project Sustainability
Berlin, Washington County, VT

Demographics

Census Population

2,884
(Resource: ACS 2021 5-year)

  • 2022: 2,859
  • 2020: 2,795
  • 2010: 2,844

0.5% increase

Age Profile

  • 0-14: 16.5%
  • 15-64: 55.2%
  • 65+: 28.3%
  • 53.1 Median age

(Resource: ACS 2021 5-year)

1-Year Mobility (Residents that have moved within the previous year): 8.8%

5-Year Mobility (Residents that have moved within the previous 5 years): 41.7%

(Resource: 2021 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates)

Population by Sex:

  • Male: 1,423, 49.3%
  • Female: 1,461, 50.7%

(Resource: 2021 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates)