Killington gets gateway grant
By Gordon Dritschilo
Staff Writer | December 28,2012
Killington’s Gateway project got an $80,000 boost.
The town recently announced it had received state grant funding for a park-and-ride on Route 4, just east of Killington Road.
The park-and-ride will include a parking lot, picnic tables, gardens and a walking path. Town officials said the grant requires no matching funds, but Killington will need to use its own money for the garden and “other planned amenities.”
How much will depend on how ornate the town decides to make the facility.
“It depends on the extent the town would like to landscape and manicure the area around it,” Town Manager Seth Webb said Thursday. “That’s going to be something we’re going to discuss.”
The town hopes to begin construction in late spring or early summer.
The project is part of the town’s overall “Killington Gateway” plan, and will anchor the eastern end of the Gateway area, according to town planner Dick Horner.
The larger effort started last year with a $30,000 state grant funding a study on improving pedestrian access and the “sense of arrival” between Killington Road and Sherburne Pass. In addition to the park-and-ride, the study recommended sidewalks, landscaping, wayfinding and traffic-calming measures.
The overall plan is expected to cost about $2.5 million, and town officials hope to fund most of it with state and federal grants. The town gathered input for the project from a series of public forums.
“The project ... could be between five and eight years depending on the speed of grants and the level of municipal funding,” Webb said. “It could go faster, too.”
The park-and-ride project detailed in the study includes a spot for the “town holiday tree,” an information kiosk, a trio of sculptures representing a jumping skier, a rain garden and an alpine garden featuring berms, boulders and benches.