UPDATE: 5/3/2017 Two articles on the Bourne Town Meeting were voted positively, ensuring enough funding to complete the park upgrade and restoration project. The first article, part of the Special Town Meeting on Monday, May 1, proposed that $300,000 be appropriated to complete the work on Phase 1 — adding plantings, installing irrigation, and building a pavilion.
The second article, part of the Annual Town Meeting on Tuesday, May 2, proposed that $1,015,000 to complete the second phase. Phase 2 includes installing recreational features: play areas for children, fitness stations for adults, a splash pad, additional plantings, lighting, irrigation, walkways, shade shelters, fencing, and a security system. This phase is targeted for completion in November 2017.
UPDATE: 4/3/2017: The work to finish the first implementation area of the park is resuming this week.
Warrants at the Town’s May Town Meeting will request voters to authorize the allocation of additional Community Preservation Act funds to complete the park restoration and upgrade. The use of CPA dollars does not impact the Town’s operating budget. The second page of the flyer attached here Investing in Your Town Park describes the votes in more detail.
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 6/6/2016: Schematic Design is complete and plans for the park restoration are moving into a construction mode. Construction is scheduled for two phases: Phase 1 late summer/fall 2016, Phase 2 early spring 2017. Actual construction will be dependent upon funding. This part of the restoration and upgrade project is supported by Weston & Sampson consultants.
UPDATE 5/3/2016: Additional Community Preservation Act funds were authorized for the park project at the Town Meeting on May 2. The vote was almost unanimous — only one “no” — to appropriate $425,000 for infrastructure construction, a Main Street gateway, and other related items.
UPDATE 3/21/2016: Site planning is progressing with the completion of a site survey and drilling of test pits. The consultants are anticipating a complete report on the drilling by the end of March, with a meeting in late April to present a Schematic Design. The application for CPA funds will be reviewed at a series of meetings with the Community Preservation Committee and the Town’s Finance Committee in late March and early April in preparation for a May Town Meeting vote.
UPDATE 1/27/2016: The Main Street Steering Committee met with the selected consultants (Brown Richardson and Rowe, and Stantec) on Jan. 25 to begin defining how the park will function in the future. Alison Richardson and James Pfeiffer offered a site analysis and two concept plans for the Committee’s consideration. The MSSC members discussed the benefits and disadvantages of both. At the Committee’s meeting on February 1 members were in consensus that Concept 1 was the preferred approach.
UPDATE 1/15/2016: The MSSC submitted an application for $500,000 additional Community Preservation Act funds. The request will be reviewed by all the appropriate committees and, if approved, will be forwarded to Town Meeting in May for a vote.
UPDATE: Nine companies submitted responses to the Town’s Request for Qualifications by the mid-October deadline. The RFQ asked for landscape architects and engineering firms to submit their qualifications for the design and engineering required to upgrade and restore the Buzzards Bay Park. An evaluation team from the Main Street Steering Committee reviewed the responses, selected three companies for interviews on November 2, and invited a price proposal from one of the three. Currently the evaluation team and Town officials are negotiating a contract. When the contract has been signed, the name of the company will be announced. Design and engineering are expected to begin in late December or immediately after the first of the year.
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 will strengthen applications for additional funding, both showing the specifics of the project and signaling community support.