Rutland Community leaders in Rutland will celebrate the opening of segment 1 of Rutland Creek Path, the city's multi-use path, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The public is invited to join the celebration on Saturday, Nov. 3 at 8:45 a.m.
The event will be held at the Giorgetti Park parking lot located at 2 Oak Street Extension. The newly completed segment of Rutland Creek Path runs from Giorgetti Park to State Street along the bank of East Creek.
“The bike path's origin began with the gathering of like-minded people at the initial Creative Economy public forum nearly 8 years ago,” said Paul Gallo, the volunteer Chair of Rutland Creative Economy. “This project was driven by volunteerism—a group of folks from the community that didn't know much about each other but had common interests and a lot of energy.”
Construction of this first segment relied on many thousands of dollars of donations from local residents and businesses, hundreds of volunteer hours (including students from Stafford Technical Center and G.E. Volunteers), and federal taxpayer support.
Led by the Rutland Regional Planning Commission and Rutland Creative Economy, work continues to complete Rutland Creek Path south of State Street. The organizations are awaiting word on VTrans' Bicycle and Pedestrian Program funding and actively seeking private donations.
“We still have a way to go, but I see great buy-in and local ownership that captures the fabric of who we are here in Rutland: a wonderful, caring community,” noted Gallo.