Town selects designers to aid in park restoration

For release: March 1, 2016
For further information:
Sallie Riggs, 508 314-4801,

The Town of Bourne has selected Brown, Richardson and Rowe, a landscape architecture firm, to assist in the design of its Main Street Buzzards Bay park. Brown, Richardson is partnering with Stantec for project engineering. Bracken Engineering, a Buzzards Bay firm, was also contracted for the existing conditions survey.

The park restoration and upgrade project is a multi-year undertaking with the goal of creating a town park that offers a variety of recreational opportunities to residents and visitors of all ages and all abilities, an inclusive park.

The existing conditions work has begun with the drilling of test pits and a survey of the existing park. Initial concepts have been developed (see attached) and Schematic Design is expected to be complete in early April.

The team of professionals was identified through a Request for Qualifications process in the late fall. Brown, Richardson was selected from nine applications and contract negotiations were completed in January.

A year ago the Bourne Board of Selectmen asked the Main Street Steering Committee to make recommendations on how to improve the park as part of the downtown revitalization program. The area is the first thing one sees when entering Bourne from Wareham on Main Street. An on-line survey of town residents gathered information on what features people would like to see in a restored park. Highest on the list were a movie screen, a playground, seasonal ice skating, and a splash park. Park planners are committed to making the play areas inclusive and have added the availability of Wi-Fi service to the list of features.

Selectmen endorsed a concept plan in February 2015 and in May 2015 voters at Bourne Town Meeting approved the use of $350,000 in Community Preservation Act funds to begin the restoration project. The total restoration and upgrade is expected to cost about $1.5 million with support coming from additional CPA funds and state and federal grants.

The park is on Main Street and can be accessed from the Cape Cod Canal bike path.