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ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center
Leahy Center for Lake Champlain
in partnership with City of Burlington, Department of Parks and Recreation

Aerial picture of ECHO and Burlington Waterfront
Photo Credit: Matt McCarthy

Water is the draw and arguably the greatest asset of the waterfront. Water is why ECHO is here. 

Map of PIAP ProposalWith $500,000 ECHO is the lead partner in creating Sustainability Park, an outdoor, fully-accessible space on the Leahy Center campus where families, youth, school groups and area visitors can get closer to the Lake in an eco-friendly, creative, and dynamic way. 

On town meeting day in March, Burlington voters weighed in on an exciting project that will positively affect the entire waterfront in the Queen City. The cost to fund five selected projects for waterfront improvements come from $9.6 million tax incremental funds (TIF)—and not from the taxpayers—though the taxpayers vote on the measure. The City Council, in January of 2014, awarded these funds to several projects including one presented by ECHO in partnership with the City of Burlington’s Department of Parks and Recreation. All of these projects are a part of the city’s overall waterfront improvement plan.

Other projects involved in the TIF funded waterfront improvements include the New MoranCommunity Sailing Center, Moran Marina, Waterfront Park improvements and Waterfront Park North improvements.


More about Sustainability Park: What is it?

Map of location of proposed education shelter and floating nature walkSustainability Park is a safe, socially, and educationally rich outdoor environment mirroring ECHO’s inside experience. The “green designed” outdoor experience will be free-to-all, with no operating cost to the City.

The new state-of-the-art eco-friendly outdoor educational spaces include a floating nature walk as well as important storm water run-off upgrades to the ECHO parking lot. These improvements include plantings, grading and soil upgrades and will be explained through art installations and interpretive display panels.

ECHO is excited to be a part of the next phase of Burlington waterfront improvements.

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