Located at the top of Battery Street in downtown Burlington, lies Battery Park. This historic park, deeded to the City in 1870, boasts a panoramic view of Lake Champlain and the Adirondacks, with a promenade, playground, monuments and a bandshell. The park is host to a series of concerts throughout the summer on Thursday and Sunday evenings and the bandshell is available for use by reservation. In the winter an outdoor skating rink is available for use by the public.
Built as a military camp during the War of 1812, American gunners, aided by the U.S.S. President anchored in the Burlington bay, successfully defended Battery Park against an attack by a British squadron on August 3, 1813. This historic battle is commemorated by a single decorative cannon in Battery Park. Other noteworthy monuments within the park include an 8' bronze statue of Vermont's famous civil war General William W. Wells and a red oak sculpture acknowledging the heritage of the American Indians, named "Greylock" after a renowned Abenaki Indian chief. The Battery Park Extension, developed in 1972, runs from the southern end of Battery Park south to College Street. The extension includes several marble art pieces as well as a memorial fountain and plaza dedicated to Burlington architect and Chamber of Commerce President, Robert A. Metz.
The bandshell and grassy lawn at Battery Park are available for concerts and other events, by permit only. Amplified sound may be permissible in Battery Park, but its use requires prior approval and certain limitations apply. Call 802-865-7247 for more detailed information.
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