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Milton Community Recreation Center Project

Town of Milton, Chittenden County, VT

Milton, located in northern Chittenden County is bordered by Franklin County to the north and Grand Isle County to the northwest. Despite being the eighth largest town in Vermont, located near the state’s largest city, Milton has held on to the small town and tight‐knit community
feel. With strong roots in the farming and dairy industry, Milton is a vibrant and diverse community that has worked hard over the years to attract commercial growth restaurants and retail space. The median household income in Milton is just under Vermont’s median household income, but well under Chittenden County’s median household income. The percentage of residents below poverty level is 14.6%, higher than both Chittenden County and Vermont. Vermont Population Projections indicates that the Town of Milton is likely to experience an increase in young children, a decline in teenage children and young adults, and a sharp increase in older adults. Although Milton has seen much growth over the years, it must be proactive in addressing the issues that the wealth gap and shifts in population makeup that will impact recreational and physical activity access and ultimately the health and well-being of residents.

Project Goals Statement: 

The goals of the Milton Community / Recreation Center Project are explore options for a year-round facility that serves the community year-round with a rich variety of classes, programs, recreational opportunities, and events for seniors, adults, youth, and children. Increasing the communities capacity to sustain multi-generational and free- and low-cost programming across the lifespace and for all levels of ability will create a culture of welcome and create and foster social bonds that will help build a strong, safe and inclusive community.

Partner Organization:
Milton on the Move Initiative
Town of Milton

Equity Focus:
Access to childcare and senior services

Special Populations of Focus
Youth, older adults

Technical Assistance:

  • Data collection and analysis
  • Planning and programming resources
  • Outreach and engagement strategies
  • Marketing and communications
  • Fundraising and grant resources

Health Assessment Outcomes:

The Milton Community Health Equity Assessement collected input from community members (n=234) on their top contributors to health, health issues, and health behaviors. The survey also assessed community preferences for community center amenities and ideas for the Milton on the Move initiative to address community health needs/concerns and health equity issues the intiative should focus on.

Top 5 Most Important Factors for a Healthy Community

  • Low crime/safe neighborhoods
    Good schools)
  • Affordable and safe housing
  • Parks and recreation
  • Good jobs and healthy economy

 

Top 5 Most Important Health Problem in the Community

  • Mental health
  • Domestic violence
  • Child neglect/abuse
  • Lack of health insurance
  • Aging problems (e.g., arthritis, hearing/vision loss, etc.)

 

Top 5 Most Important Behaviors That Impact Overall Health

  • Substance abuse/ Drug abuse
  • Alcohol abuse
  • Unsafe driving (e.g., speeding, driving under the influence, reckless driving)
  • Lack of exercise
  • Poor eating habit

 

Technical Assistance Outcome:

Community Health Equity Assessment results were used to inform and engage leaders from different groups in the refinement of priority resources and program offerings of the community center and fill the gaps created by existing community services. Recommendations were also provided on how the new community center can be maintained operationally and financially. The Milton Community Recreation Center Project also utilized capital campaigns, fundraising, and communication resources to further their efforts to create an inclusive community center.

Demographics

Census Population

  • 2022: 10,689
  • 2020: 10,723
  • 2010: 10,352

(Resource: ACS 5-Year Estimates)
There’s an increase of 3.3% from 2010 to 2021.

Age Profile

  • 0-14: 17.3%
  • 15-64: 68.7%
  • 65+: 14.0%

(Resource: 2021 ACS 5-Year Estimates)

Population by Sex:

  • Male 53.5%
  • Female 46.5%

(Resource: 2021 ACS 5-Year Estimates)

  • 1-Year Mobility (Residents that have moved within the previous year): 10.8%
  • 5-Year Mobility (Residents that have moved within the previous 5 years): 58.5%

(Resource: ACS 5-Year Estimates from 2017 to 2021)