Buzzards Bay Park Renovations Expected to Start Next Month

ParkBUZZARDS BAY – A plan to give Buzzards Bay Park a facelift is expected to get underway this summer.

The redesign for the park includes new Main Street and Canal gateways with seating and bike racks, a new pavilion, play area and a splash pad/ice rink.

“We are trying to start some of the outdoor work in August,” said Sallie Riggs, the chair of the Main Street Steering Committee. “We’ve got a little bit more planning and a little bit more permitting to do but as soon as we are comfortable with those steps we’ll be bringing in the equipment.”

Riggs said they will get as much as they can done before the winter weather and then will start back up again in the spring.

Construction work will start with onsite grading to help with drainage issues at the park. Other first phase work includes installing underground electrical and irrigation systems, laying down the pathways that will define the areas of the park, and creating an entrance to Main Street.

They will also make sure the water connections are correct.

“In the longer-term we are looking at a play area for kids that would include a splash pad,” Riggs said. “We want to have water available for vendors and for groups that want to plan activities for the park.”

Riggs said the park renovation was needed as it had been deteriorating over recent years.

The Board of Selectmen asked the Main Street Steering Committee to take a look at what could be done to the park, as it is a first impression for many visitors.

“One of the points they made was that when you come into Buzzards Bay Village from the West the first thing that you see is the park,” she said.

The town also voted to join the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority to get commuter rail service.

“If we ever get commuter rail to Buzzards Bay the first thing people will see when they get off the train is the park,” Riggs said.

Riggs said the renovation plans were the result of having a strong first impression for visitors and for a revitalization of the village.

“We started out with a survey of residents to find out what they would like to see in the park,” Riggs said. “Then put together a general concept as to how we might develop the park.”

Riggs said the entire project is expected to take a few years to complete.

“A lot of it is dependent on weather because it’s all outdoor work, but it’s also dependent on funding,” Riggs said.


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