Maggie’s Pond Walking Path Upgrade Complete

by Bobbie Nisbet, Community Journalist

GREENSBORO — The Maggie’s Pond walking path upgrade at the Greensboro Nursing Home is complete, with a celebration to be held on September 17, at 3 p.m., on the viewing platform overlooking the pond.

The path upgrade included leveling the walking area, providing a firm gravel pathway, and building a footbridge over the small wetland. This allows those in wheelchairs, those with walkers, and those that need extra assistance to have a safe journey on the trail and over the bridge, which includes a handrail and lower side rails for added safety. There are two benches for resting, one at the end of the gravel portion of the path and another on the newly renovated viewing platform. There is also room for additional benches.

In the early 1990s, the Hood family donated money to Greensboro Nursing Home to build a pond in memory of Maggie Hood Stabell. The pond provided many years of pleasure for the residents and their families, although later it became apparent an upgrade was needed. In 2020, the board of trustees began the process, but COVID prevented the plan from being implemented until 2022. Residents, staff, family members and community members are now able to walk the short trail around Maggie’s Pond. 

Timber and Stone Construction, LLC, of Montpelier provided the upgrade services under the direction of the owner, Josh Ryan. Contributing to the upgrade were AARP, the Richard and Deborah Tarrant Foundation, The Vermont Community Foundation, and friends of the Greensboro Nursing Home.

Cake and lemonade will be served at the September 17 celebration.