Yarmouth Selectmen Get Update on Drive-In Site Options

GOOGLE Earth: Site of former Yarmouth drive-in

YARMOUTH – Yarmouth selectmen met with members of the Drive-In Site Utilization Committee last night to get an update on the group’s work.

The Committee is looking at designs and options for a Riverwalk and Boardwalk concepts for the site.

The BETA Group is conducting a feasibility and conceptual design study for both options and the committee has been tasked with providing oversight over the study.

Since their last meeting with selectmen in March, the committee has met 10 times, related to the feasibility study.

In early May, concept sketches for three alternatives for the Riverwalk Park and three for the Boardwalk were reviewed.

The committee then held public input meetings in May and June to discuss the options.

“Some of the events that could take place there include exercise classes, small theater groups, weddings and reunions, so there are a number of options the can be made available to the community in addressing issues of quality of life,” said committee chair James Saben.

For the Riverwalk Park, committee members determined that their preferred option is a compilation of elements from two options.

That concept includes 81 parking spaces, a kayak launch, areas for artist tents and public art display and special event areas with a pavilion.

The plan has been given to BETA to develop into a rendered presentation plan and to start estimating costs for the project.

There were also three Boardwalk concepts considering including two routes that would cross the marsh to reach Seagull Beach and a loop from the Drive-In site that would extend over the marsh.

BETA is currently preparing a photo visualization of what the three alignments might look like from the Gateway Isles neighborhood.

Before estimating costs for the boardwalk, there will have to be exploratory test borings in the marsh to estimate the depth of peat.

Prior to the committee’s presentation, members of the Gateway Isles Association, which opposes the project, voiced their concerns and opposition to selectmen.

“We’re aware of the opposition of the Gateway Isles neighborhood and we’ve also received a great deal of positive feedback from residents in the community as well,” said Raben. “We do have a lot more to do.”

By JUSTIN SAUNDERS, CapeCod.com Newscenter

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