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Wolcott Village Connectivity and Community Greenspace Enhancement Project

Wolcott, Lamoille County, VT


The Town of Wolcott is a small, rural community in Lamoille County. The Town has several assets including Town Forest, Lamoille Valley Rail Trail (LVRT), greenspaces, community gathering space, and a community garden. Some of these town assets are bisected by the Lamoille River. New infrastructure projects such as a new bridge with a sidewalk will be completed within the next two years providing better access to the village. Public spaces near the Lamoille River and LVRT can benefit from thoughtfully planned bike and pedestrian pathways/infrastructure to connect them.

Project Goals Statement: 

This project will help foster collaboration among local boards and community groups while considering connectivity, accessibility, and opportunities to enhance community greenspace in Wolcott Village. Efforts will create a community-led placemaking vision to enhance connectivity and accessibility of town-centralized public gathering spaces and green infrastructure in the village of Wolcott.

Partner Organization:

Health Assessment Outcome:

The Wolcott Community Health Equity Assessment collected input from community members on their top contributors to health, health issues, and health behaviors. The survey also assessed community members’ preferences regarding support for forms of active transportation. The assessment also collected residents’ level of interest in supporting active transportation and types of support for walk audits.

Top 5 Most Important Factors for a Healthy Community

  • Clean Environment
  • Affordable and safe housing
  • Low crime/ safe neighborhoods
  • Parks and recreation
  • Places and opportunities for community connection

Top 5 Most Important Health Problem in the Community

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

Top 5 Most Important Behaviors That Impact Overall Health

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

Technical Assistance:

  • Data Collection and Analysis
  • Placemaking + Outreach and Engagement
  • Marketing and Communications
  • Fundraising
  • Long-term Project Sustainability

Technical Assistance Outcome:

The key deliverables of the technical assistance included developing a resource entitled Walk Audit Training and Improving Pedestrian Connections. The training material provided an overview of conducting a walk audit and delivered case studies from Danville, VT, and Bethel, VT regarding the goals, relevant activities, and outcomes of their recent walk and accessibility audits.

Demographics

Census Population

  • 2021: 1,744
  • 2020: 1,702
  • 2010: 1,719

There’s an increase of 1.5% from 2010 to 2021.

(Resource: Census Bureau ACS 5-Year Estimates)

Age Profile

  • 0-14: 16.9%
  • 15-64: 73.5%
  • 65+: 9.7%
  • 40.8 Median Age

(Resource: ACS 2021 5-year)

1-Year Mobility (Residents that have moved within the previous year): 10.0%

5-Year Mobility (Residents that have moved within the previous 5 years): 57.1%

(Resource: 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates)

Population by Sex:

  • Male: 55.8%
  • Female: 44.2%

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