Yarmouth Drive-In Site Utilization Committee Considers Park/Boardwalk

YARMOUTH – The Town of Yarmouth’s Drive-In Site Utilization Committee hosted a public meeting Monday night to consider the future of the vacant Route 28 location.

Officials discussed plans for a new park in the space featuring 82 parking spaces, a welcome center with restrooms, a large grassy area, shared use pathways, a kayak shed and launch area, seating, native plantings, and a crosswalk with pedestrian signal.

The site on Parker’s River would also feature wooded areas, lighting, solar trash receptacles, drinking fountains, a fabric sail shade pavilion, interactive and natural playscapes for children, and educational signage.

The $4.8 million project would leave much of the property’s 22 acres in their natural state and could eventually host artist shanties and exhibits, similar to those at Aselton Park in Hyannis.

The effort would likely take years to develop and as a result it was suggested that the property could undergo more minor developments to be used to host special events, concerts, craft fairs, farmers markets, and boat or car shows.

A second part of the project brought forward was the construction of a raised boardwalk over the marsh, which could extend all the way to Seagull Beach.

Those proposed projects range in cost from roughly $2.4 million to more than $5 million depending on the boardwalk’s length and materials used to construct it.

The committee will make its final recommendation to the Yarmouth Board of Selectmen on April 24th, all proposals would require town meeting approval.

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