Battery Park (Burlington, Vermont)

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Battery Park
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Location Located at the top of Battery Street in downtown Burlington, Vermont
Area 14 acres (6 ha)
Created 1870
Etymology Built as a military camp during the War of 1812
Operated by City of Burlington Parks, Recreation & Waterfront
Website http://enjoyburlington.com/venue/battery-park/

Battery Park is a public park overlooking Lake Champlain at the western end of downtown Burlington, Vermont. The park includes a bandshell, a playground, and various monuments, including a bronze statue of Civil War veteran General William W. Wells, and a red oak sculpture of Chief Gray Lock, a veteran of Gray Lock's War.[1]

History[edit]

Monument to Gray Lock's War veteran Chief Gray Lock by Peter Wolf Toth.

The park was named for the artillery stationed there by American forces during the War of 1812.[1] On August 13, 1813, American gunners, aided by the USS President, successfully defended their position against an attack by a British squadron led by Lt Colonel John Murray.[2]

The park land was deeded to the City of Burlington in 1870, and the Battery Park Extension was added to the southern end in 1972.[1]

Trivia[edit]

  • Because of its unobstructed view high above Burlingon's harbor, Battery Park is a very popular spot for observers of the Independence Day fireworks launched from a barge in the bay.
  • According to noted author Rudyard Kipling (The Jungle Book), Battery Park has one of the two finest sunset views in the world.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Battery Park | Burlington Parks, Recreation & Waterfront". Burlington Parks, Recreation & Waterfront. Retrieved 2018-03-29. 
  2. ^ "Burlington and the War of 1812 | City of Burlington, Vermont". www.burlingtonvt.gov. Retrieved 2018-03-29. 
  3. ^ "Lyndon B. Johnson: Remarks at Battery Park, Burlington, Vermont - August 20, 1966". www.presidency.ucsb.edu. Retrieved 2016-05-10. 

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Coordinates: 44°28′52″N 73°13′12″W / 44.4810733°N 73.2199423°W / 44.4810733; -73.2199423