UPDATE: 12/1/2016: The General Contractor for the park restoration and upgrade has begun to work. Marini Construction was awarded the contract following an open bid process. Marini’s work follows the site preparation completed by Town staff — clearing the Phase 1 site, amending the soil, removing the old electrical components and installing an upgraded system, upgrading the storm water control devices, and contouring the land and building the base for the new pathways. Due to the weather, work is on hold until the spring. In the meantime, the Main Street Steering Committee is in search of more funds to complete Phase 1 and to add Phase 2.
Sponsorships are available — park benches, shade shelters, the pavilion, gateways, trees or plantings in the Memorial Grove. Call 508 457-5305 for more information. The BFDC is a 501 (c)(3) organization so any naming gifts are tax deductible to the extent the law allows.
UPDATE (Apr. 2016) The Community Preservation Committee has endorsed the MSSC’s request for $425,000 to continue the park restoration and upgrade project. The request will appear as Article 14 on the May 2 Town Meeting Warrant.
UPDATE (Jan. 2016) The landscape architectural firm Brown, Richardson + Rowe along with Stantec have been contracted to prepare a Schematic Design for the park upgrade. A site survey is being conducted by Bracken Engineering.
The Main Street Steering Committee has submitted an application for a second grant of Community Preservation Act funds.
UPDATE (Sept. 2015): A Request for Qualifications has been released inviting landscape architects to indicate an interest in working with the Town and the Main Street Steering Committee on the town park restoration and upgrade. Responses were due in mid-October and a contract should be complete by December.
At Bourne Town Meeting on Monday, May 4, 2015, voters approved an allocation of $350,000 of Community Preservation Act funds to support the Main Street Steering Committee’s (MSSC) request for initial-phase funds to upgrade and restore the park located at 90 Main Street in Buzzards Bay, Bourne’s Downtown.
The approved funds will be used for phase one of a multi-phase project to upgrade and restore the town park located on Main Street in Buzzards Bay. Phase one will include engineering, survey and design, irrigation, electrical upgrades, lighting, landscaping and creating a park entrance with amenities. Subsequent phases would include installing a pavilion that could support out-door movies, a splash pad that could convert to an ice skating rink, play equipment, and additional entrances.
The approved funds will have a double impact: 1) by supporting the Phase one activities, residents and visitors will see improvements as early as spring 2016, and 2) the survey and engineering design would strengthen applications for additional funding, both showing the specifics of the project and signaling community support.
The work will begin in July with surveying and creating an engineered design. Some improvements, such as the electrical upgrades and possibly the irrigation system installation, will take place in the fall, with new landscaping and the creation of an entrance from Main Street planning for spring 2016.
Selectmen will review applications for use of the park in 2016 according to a construction schedule that will be developed during the survey and engineering steps.