Your town council and I have long
been dedicated to the idea of providing outdoor recreation
opportunities for residents. Our greenway has been very popular, but
Council and I have long believed that a "conventional"
park near the soon-to-redevelop downtown area was something
residents wanted, and our most recent resident survey proved that:
78% of respondents indicated that they would like to see a small
downtown park with benches and walkways. That is exactly what is
proposed, and during the town's recent festival on September 19,
2015 we had our ceremonial groundbreaking for your new downtown park
immediately adjoining the town hall.
The new park will have approximately 1/10 mile of paved walkway for
exercise, benches, picnic tables, several simple exercise stations
geared to residents aged 50 years and over, and a small playground
area for toddlers through elementary school. There will be a
temporary restroom facility within a wood trellis enclosure until
permanent restrooms are provided as part of the future Community
Center project in the historic rock building.
areas of the park will be fully accessible and fully compliant with
the Americans with Disabilities act, and will tie in to the existing
town hall parking lot as well as the future sidewalk connections to
downtown. As shown in the drawing, the park will be heavily
landscaped with predominantly native shrubs and perennial plants,
and will contain numerous new canopy trees that will provide shade
as they grow.
During the park design phase, a public input
session was held where Dan Blackman from the design firm Stewart
presented conceptual drawings and utilized comments and suggestions
received from residents in attendance to produce the final
construction documents. As always, your town council and I listened
to residents and modified the town's plans to conform to what those
residents thought was important!