Vermont Green Mountain Parkway Act (1936)
|Statutes referred by Legislature|
|Amending the Vermont Constitution|
The Green Mountain Parkway was a proposed 260 mile scenic highway curving through in a 50,000 acre national park that stretched through the Green Mountains. The proposed parkway would have created employment for an estimated 16,000 Vermonters as well as promoting tourism and recreation. Vermont would have been required to provide $500,000 to purchase rights of way.
On December 14, 1935, the Vermont State Legislature enacted Act 17 of the 1935 Special Session, which approved a national park known as the Green Mountain Parkway. Act 17 established jurisdiction over the park and appropriated money to begin the project. Voters were asked to choose between effective dates of April 1, 1936 or April 1, 1941.
By voting for the later effective date, voters were seen as rejecting the project and in the 1937 legislature, Act 243 was passed on February 5, 1937, which repealed the Green Mountain Parkway Act.
In the 1950s, the national interstate system began construction of the Green Mountain National Forest area without consulting Vermont voters for their opinion.