Fishing pond in Derby to receive $173K for repairs, accessibility

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DERBY —Governor Phil Scott and the Vermont Outdoor Recreation Economic Collaborative recently announced twenty-four recipients of the VOREC Community Grant Program, two of which are based in Orleans County.

At an event in Danville last week, Gov. Scott announced that the town of Derby was awarded $173,000.

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The Derby Fish and Game Club will use the money to continue work on fixing a dam that holds up a beloved fishing pond.

The pond is a popular place for children to learn how to fish and for seniors with accessibility issues to enjoy fishing.

The project plans to improve the accessibility of both the parking area and cement platform for fishing around the dam.

Sterling College was also awarded $200,000 through the program.

The money is set to build a public-facing community wellness center and outdoor recreation hub to serve as a wayfinding point at the confluence of three trail systems in Craftsbury Village.

The project goal is to develop wayfinding and signage for the trails system, renovating an existing building to provide space for the center which includes space for exercise including a climbing gym, recreation programming and workshops, and equipment rentals.

The VOREC Community Grant Program was created to help Vermont communities fully leverage their local outdoor recreation assets to become true ‘outdoor recreation friendly communities.’

Governor Scott established the VOREC Steering Committee by executive order in June 2017 to bring together a broad set of outdoor recreation stakeholders to promote stewardship of state recreation assets and market Vermont’s outdoor recreation values and attributes to effectively foster economic growth.

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