Green Up Day 2021

Saturday, May 1st

Grab a handful of those stylish Green Up bags and help us take out the trash! Green Up Vermont‘s annual spring ritual brings thousands of Vermonters together to clear their communities of litter. Last year alone 421 tons of debris were removed across the state because everyone knows a tidy neighborhood is good for health, environment, business, and property value.

Swing by one of our 3 primary areas to pick up your bags, and check out our Old East End list of litter problem spots. Tackle any of the areas on your own, or join forces with our coordinators. However you choose to pitch in, we look forward to seeing you out and about in the Old East End!

Rain Dates: Sunday, May 2nd or Saturday, May 8th

How It Works

  • Pick up free Green-Up bags at Schmanska Park, Greenmount Cemetery, or the Little Free Library at 166 East Avenue – available all day / until we run out, beginning at 8am
  • You can also visit Burlington Parks Recreation and Waterfront for additional bag pick up locations throughout the city
  • Take your bags and do your thing, or work with our fabulous and friendly coordinators from 8-10am
  • Tie your litter-stuffed bags closed and leave them along the closest major street for pick up – Colchester Avenue, East Avenue, Riverside Avenue, Barrett Street, Chase Street, or Grove Street

Note: Personal bags, household trash, bulk items, recyclables will not be collected

Safety Tips

  • Wear bright, visible clothing, long pants, boots, and work gloves
  • Practice appropriate social distancing and wear a mask
  • Work facing oncoming traffic
  • If you come across any hazardous items, leave them alone. Alert the city using the See Click Fix website or mobile app
  • Check yourself for ticks at the end of the day

Schmanska Park

63 Grove Street – parking lot / crosswalk

Dave Cawley has bags for everyone and is coordinating efforts around the park

Schmanska areas of focus include:

  • Schmanska Park
  • Parking Lot
  • Grove Street
  • Calarco Court
  • Colchester Court

East Avenue Corridor

166 East Avenue – Little Free Library

Cindy Cook has bags for everyone and is coordinating efforts along East Avenue

East Avenue areas of focus include:

  • East Avenue
  • UVM bank, paths
  • East Village Drive
  • Bilodeau Court
  • Case Parkway
  • University Road

Greenmount Cemetery

339 Colchester Ave – main gate

Jason Stuffle has bags for everyone and is coordinating efforts around the cemetery

Greenmount areas of focus include:

  • Cemetery
  • Upper Colchester
  • Nash Place
  • Thibault Parkway
  • Latham Court

Additional Litter Problem Spots

After grabbing your free Green-Up bags, you might want to check out these areas. They could use a little litter-picking love.

Grove Street Corridor Barrett Street to Burlington City Limits

Lower Colchester Triangle Lower Colchester Avenue, Chase Street, Barrett Street, Chase Lane, Rumsey Lane

Chace Mill and the River Winooski bridge, river bank, Mill Street, Chace Mill

Salmon Hole parking lot, trail head, Riverside Avenue to Winooski bridge

Anywhere else you notice a pile of litter!

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See something, say something

While you’re out collecting litter, you may notice other opportunities for neighborhood improvement. Report them through the See Click Fix website or mobile app.

Keep an eye out

Broken or Missing Infrastructure – traffic signals, pedestrian buttons, bus stops, street drains, fire hydrants, utility boxes, overflowing trash cans, park equipment, bike racks, unclear signage, etc.

Road or Bike Lane Hazards – faded crosswalks or lane lines, potholes, broken or missing curbs, illegal parking, needs sweeping, etc.

Sidewalk Hazards – broken or uneven pavement, etc.

Vegetation Hazards – overgrown power or utility lines, dead trees, encroaching on walkways, bike lanes, roads, or signage, etc.

Unwelcome Additions – graffiti, illegal dumping, etc.

For More Information

Old East End History

The Old East End Neighborhood Coalition is dedicated to preserving and sharing the rich history of people, structures, and events that have shaped this community. We look forward to dishing the dirt, but here’s a little teaser put together by students in Patricia Stokowski’s Parks Recreation and Tourism Program; UVM Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources. The original posters are currently on display at the Schmanska Park barn.

Lantern Crafts

UPDATE: Due to recent wind and rain, we’ve moved all the lanterns to the small trees around the Schmanska Park barn. Please feel free to take your lantern to enjoy at home. Any left in the park on March 9 will be removed and stored in the barn. If you want to be reunited with your lantern after March 9, contact us and we’ll make arrangements for its safe return.

It’s time to unleash your inner artist and help us glow-up the park with a vellum lantern masterpiece. We’ll provide the lantern material, all you need is your imagination and the art supplies necessary to turn your vision into reality.

Here’s how it works:

Thursday, February 18, 4 – 6pm
Pick up free vellum sheets at the Schmanska Park barn. If you can’t make it to the barn on Thursday contact us. We’re happy to make other arrangements.

Each 9 x 12″ or 14 x 17″ sheet is prepared with the side margins marked, the tops reinforced with craft tape, and the holes pre-punched for hanging.

Illustration of vellum sheet

Create a design on the Vellum sheet using your own markers, crayons, paint, stickers, etc., leaving some of the paper clear where you want the light to shine through most brightly.

February 22 – 25
Once your masterpiece is complete, put your flat artwork in the weatherproof red cooler by the front door of the Schmanska barn. We’ll take it from there and turn your creation into a working lantern!

Illustration of fully built vellum lantern

February 26 – 28
All the lanterns will be hung Friday afternoon and lit over the weekend, so don’t forget to visit Schmanska Park and enjoy the glow!

March 1 – 9
Please feel free to take your lantern to enjoy at home. Any left in the park on March 9 will be removed and stored in the barn. If you want to be reunited with your lantern after March 9, contact us and we’ll make arrangements for its safe return.

Barn Illumination

We wanted to bring some after-dark pop to the park, so we draped our favorite barn in warm cozy lights. Gone is the Schmanska black hole, replaced by an inviting glow to be enjoyed from sundown to midnight every night. Just in time for a romantic stroll or a poop patrol with the pooch, get out there and enjoy a walk in the park… it’s so lit.

You can find the barn in section B3 on the Winterlude Activity Map

Pro tip: After-dark sledding is totally a thing you should be doing.

Woods Ramble

Let’s get ready to ramble!

Make your way behind the the Tennis Court (section C7 on the Winterlude Activity Map) and follow the orange trail markers as you wind your way up the hill to Greenmount Cemetery. Don’t forget to explore the side trails that split off along the way, there’s a lot to see in this little corner of the woods.

Over the years, Old East Enders have left their mark with a random array of farm equipment, fence posts, a stone bridge, a filled-in well, and the rediscovered gravesite of a Civil War veteran and his family. Current residents cross our path too, so keep an eye out for deer, squirrels, raccoons, skunks, and woodchucks. If you’re really lucky, you may catch a glimpse of an elusive bobcat or fox. There’s even a rumor that a fisher cat lives among these trees.

Speaking of trees, you’ll find a variety of huggable white and red oaks, sugar and red maples, black cherries, and hemlocks. We’ve got quite a diverse community going here, and now you’re part of that story!

Once you reach the top of the hill, take some time to explore Burlington’s original burying ground. Greenmount Cemetery was established in the late 1700’s and is the final resting place of many recognizable Old East End characters. You may recognize the names Chase, Barrett, Fletcher, Nash, and Ticonderoga hero and 1st son of Vermont, Ethan Allen. Check Branch Out Burlington’s self-guided tour to hit the highlights.

If the stoke is high and you still need more trail action, continue your adventure through the gate at the back of the cemetery. Follow along the Centennial Field fence, turn left at the grounds keeping area, shimmy through the fire road gate, and hook up with the Centennial Woods trail system. From here, you can enjoy miles of trails in the very heart of the Old East End.

Winter Rambling Tips
Stay safe while exploring the outdoors. Dress in layers to protect against the shifting elements. A warm hat, gloves, neck gaiter, jacket and pants (yes, I said pants) are a must. Winter hiking boots protect your feet and, if you need additional traction when the trails get packed and icy, consider adding micro spikes. For the fluffy deep stuff, snowshoes and poles keep you moving safely through the winter wonderland.

So what are you waiting for? Get out there and breathe!

Story Walk®

The snowflakes were resting
after their twisting twirling dance
through the crisp night air.

Every twig in the forest wore
a new coat of glimmering white.

Daybreak came softly
moving through the woods and yawning
as its rays slowly stretched
across the snowy meadows.

The birds were the first to notice...

Enjoy a New York Times best-selling winter tale as you stroll through Schmanska Park. Stranger in the Woods: A Photographic Fantasy, written by Carl R. Sams II and Jean Stoick, has won multiple awards including the Benjamin Franklin Award and International Reading Association Award.

It’s a heart-warming winter wonderland adventure with enchanting images and endearing text.

Stephen B. Freligh, children’s nature writer

To begin your adventure, find the first story sign just up the path from the Grove Street crosswalk. Follow along as twenty-three panels guide you up the hill, twisting around the basketball court, and twirling toward the barn. If you’re lucky, you may hear animal sounds or spot new critters along the way as you discover who, exactly, is this stranger in the woods!

The Story Walk begins in section E4 on the Winterlude Activity Map

The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, Vermont and developed in collaboration with the Vermont Bicycle & Pedestrian Coalition and the Kellogg Hubbard Library.


Do you know Schmanska Park is home to one of the most epic sledding hills in Burlington? Well, now you know. So what’s stopping you?! Grab a sled, garbage can lid, cafeteria tray, or unicorn and send it! Make us proud.

How do I get there?

  • The big hill is a trail linking the park with Greenmount Cemetery. Look for the break in the trees between the tennis court and barn.
  • For beginners or the supremely cautious, there’s a smaller hill between the fire road and playground.

Find the big hill in section B4 and the small hill in section E2 on the Winterlude Activity Map

Need more inspiration? Jason has gone shredding, double black diamond style from top to bottom.

Jason, Old East Ender and Unicorn Whisperer, shreds Schmanska

Still not convinced? Ok fine. Go get your board and huck yourself off Cemetery Ridge or enjoy a nice glade run through the Ramble. The choice of slide is up to you, just keep your head on a swivel and don’t flatten any neighbors! I’m talking to you, Jerry.

Little known Old East End fact – It is not crazy to snowboard Schmanska

Got your own pro tips for sliding Schmanska? Send them over and we’ll share.