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Town of Bourne Breaks Ground - Begins Buzzards Bay Park Renovations

Town Breaks Ground, Begins Park Renovation
Ceremony set for Monday, September 12
For immediate release
Further information: S. Riggs 508 314-4801

Bourne Town Administrator Thomas M. Guerino announced today that on September 12 at noon the
Town will break ground at the park on Main Street. After an 18-month planning process, the groundbreaking
ceremony will signal the implementation of a restoration and upgrade project.

“We welcome this next step in the revitalization of Buzzards Bay,” Mr. Guerino said. “A restored park
with new, exciting features will welcome visitors and residents to Main Street and complement the
other upgrades that are occurring in Bourne’s Downtown.”

The restoration process will occur in two phases. The work this fall centers on infrastructure: upgrading
the electrical system, installing an irrigation system, bringing water to critical points in the park, ground
shaping for better site lines and better drainage, and preparing new pathways and entrances. Phase
two, to begin when funds are available, will include landscaping, creating a play area with a splash pad,
building a pavilion with an outdoor movie screen, and creating a Memorial Grove with a walkway.
“A large number of people – both Town staff and interested volunteers – have put a lot of effort into
bringing the plans to this point,” Mr. Guerino added. “We’re grateful for everyone’s contributions. This
truly is a project that will benefit the whole community, and one that has been shaped by the
community.”

In late-2014 Bourne’s Board of Selectmen asked the Main Street Steering Committee to prepare a plan
to restore and upgrade the park. The Committee, including representatives of the Town and private
Main Street entities as well as individual volunteers, immediately sponsored an on-line survey of
residents to help define the amenities for the restored park. A movie screen, a playground, a splash
park, and a boardwalk were among the items receiving the most votes.

In May 2015 and again in May 2016 Town Meeting authorized the expenditure of Community
Preservation Act funds for the restoration project. Some of the funds have supported professional
design and engineering consultants: Brown, Richardson and Rowe, Bracken Engineering, and Weston &
Sampson Engineers, Inc.

The Schematic Design phase was completed in late-April 2016. Since then work has focused on design
engineering and reviews by the Board of Selectmen, the Planning Board, and the Conservation
Commission.

Town of Bourne
Thomas M. Guerino, Town Administrator