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 picture). 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.