A Town Common for All Bolton Residents
In 2012, the Bolton Conservation Trust purchased the abandoned Smith garage and neighboring property on 715 Main Street, in total 8 acres of land in the heart of Bolton. Both properties, along Bolton’s historic Main Street, have been an eyesore for many years. As part of its mission to be good stewards of the land, the Trust took on the risk and responsibility to clean-up the heavily polluted land. In 2013, the Trust researched clean-up options and gathered ideas on how to bring new life to the site in the center of town. Many people expressed the desire for an attractive, common outdoor gathering space, which led to the site’s new destination: a Town Common to benefit all residents of Bolton. That common desire inspired the campaign theme “Our Common Cause." The initiative was led by an independent steering committee led by town residents Bob Roemer and Meg O'Leary.
Residents of all ages, business, civic groups and town authorities came together and gifted more than $1.2 million plus countless hours of service. In spring 2017, the Town of Bolton purchased the Common for $275,000 officially making the Common a town property. The Bolton Conservation Trust is continuing to maintain and beautify the Common with plans for a pavilion and natural play area on the horizon. In addition, the Trust holds numerous community events throughout the year including the Bolton 5K, the Christmas Tree & Menorah Lighting, outdoor movies, Annual Scarecrow Contests and more.