Officials Still Hopeful Buzzards Bay Park Renovations Ready for Summer Season

BOURNE – While phase I of a project to overhaul Buzzards Bay Park has been completed, work has finished for the winter, and necessary funding the second phase has increased by $300,000.

Needing about $1.3 million to complete the project, the town is exploring ways to get as much work done as possible before the summer 2017 season arrives, and scheduling will play a big part.

“It might be a way of addressing that by scheduling different work on portions of the park that would allow a major portion of the open space to be used and then finish up maybe in the fall or next spring by putting it off to another fiscal year,” said Steve Mealy, Bourne Selectman.

The town will look at Community Preservation Act funds, short-term borrowing, grants, and free cash to finance the remainder of the project.

Despite the financial bump in the road, Mealy is confident that when completed, the park will continue to be a jewel for residents and visitors alike.

“It may not happen in the same schedule we all had hoped,” Mealy said. “It may not happen to the completion of what we’d like to see as the final product, but it will definitely be completed and be something that the residents of the town can be proud of.”

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