May 2018: New event pavilion at night.

Children enjoying the new play areas with the splash pad in the background. Bourne Enterprise photo by Brenda M Sharp

June 2018: The restoration and upgrade of the Buzzards Bay Park on Main Street was completed in late May and a re-dedication ceremony on June 1 marked its official opening.

May 2018: After a break for winter weather, the restoration and upgrade of the Buzzards Bay Park is continuing. Play area surfacing and a splash pad are being installed, along with adult fitness stations. A large pavilion for events and gatherings has been completed, including lights for evening activities. A smaller shade pavilion is positioned so that parents can supervise their children in the fenced play areas.

A re-dedication of the park is being planned for Memorial Day Weekend. By then sod will have been installed and more trees, grasses and bushes will have been planted.

December 2017: As winter approaches and threatens to halt work on the Buzzards Bay Park, the Green Acres crew continue installing equipment and preparing for the final steps in the park’s upgrade and restoration. As the photo above shows, several items of play equipment are installed. The plan is to finish the installation of the irrigation system in the Phase Two area, complete the preparation of the new walkways for the final asphalt layer next spring, and finish the grading in preparation for seeding in the spring. The materials for both the large and small pavilions have arrived and several dozen trees have been planted. More trees and other landscaping material will be installed in the spring. The rubber pads for the play area and the splash pad must wait until temperatures are reliably above 50 degrees, so that also means spring.

December 2017: Installation of play equipment continues despite the start of winter weather.

October 2017: The contract for the next phase in the park restoration and upgrade was awarded to Green Acres Landscape and Construction Co. from Lakeville in ;ate August. They have begun working by preparing the concrete bases for the pavilion and the new shade structure near the children’s’ play area. The expect to plant large trees part way around the central lawn by the end of October. Play equipment and splash pad features are expected to arrive in the November-December time period. The rubberized surface for the play areas will be installed in the spring — it is a temperature sensitive process. Also in the spring they will complete the final grass seeding and plantings.

Fall 2017: Completed entrance to renovated park with Wagner Gazebo in background

May 2, 2017: In an overwhelmingly positive show of support for completing the Buzzards Bay Park, Bourne residents voted 171 to 9 to appropriate the $1,015,000 needed to add the features and amenities that Town residents asked for in a survey when the park restoration project began. The appropriation was supported by the Town’s Community Preservation Committee, the Open Space Committee, the Finance Committee, and the Board of Selectman.

The project is using Community Preservation Act funds to support the restoration and upgrade of the town park on Main Street, Buzzards Bay, Bourne’s Downtown. The park was established in the 1970s when Town Meeting voted to acquire the land from the railroad.

The Board of Selectmen asked the Main Street Steering Committee to recommend changes to the park. The Committee immediately offered a survey to residents asking what they would like to see in a restored park. The features identified included those that will be built with the new appropriation: play areas, a splash pad, fitness activities, new lighting, a security system, and a fence to protect children in the play areas.

A vote at the Special Town Meeting the night before appropriated $300,000 to complete the work started last year — adding plantings, irrigation, and a pavilion to the area referred to as Implementation Area One. This first phase includes new entrances from both Main Street and from the Army Corps of Engineers’ parking lot on the Cape Cod Canal (shown in the pictures). The current restoration area is also getting all new infrastructure (electrical, water, drainage), grading, new walkways, lights, and amenities such as benches, bike racks, and water fountains.

 

HISTORY OF PARK PLANNING

The restoration and upgrade program began with a request by Selectman Peter Meier to the BFDC’s Main Street Steering Committee to propose a plan for upgrading the park. The MSSC began work in November 2014 with a survey of residents to determine what features an upgraded park should include.

MSSC member David O’Connor, a landscape architect, prepared a concept plan which was reviewed and endorsed by the Board of Selectmen in the early spring 2015.

 

UPDATE: 12/1/2016: The General Contractor for the first phase of the park restoration and upgrade has begun 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.

UPDATE Apr. 2016 The Community Preservation Committee 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.

Concept Plan for Buzzards Bay Park

Concept Plan for Buzzards Bay Park

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.