The busy days of summer are moving towards fall and children are back to school. Just as the seasons change, you can also see the Town Common site has changed from a view of derelict buildings to a wonderful, open green space. Every time I drive through town center, it gives me great pleasure to see this welcoming space that is evolving so quickly.
Throughout the balance of this year and into next year, the Town Common project will be stepping up activity with site remediation and, ultimately, construction. By our next annual meeting in the spring of 2016, the Town Common will be well on its way to becoming a community space with a play area, fitness stations, a pavilion, and an amphitheater.
In the pursuit of our goal of preserving the rural heritage and natural assets of our community, the Trust has served as the nucleus for the creation of the Town Common, but it is the community that must organize around this core to make the Town Common a reality. The Trust initially bought the property, but then it was the organization of the community, the many volunteers, that have come together to form the Town Common Steering committee, who participated in the design charrette, and are helping to prepare the Town Common for its grand entrance into our community. Indeed, just as we are all bringing the Town Common to reality, the Town Common is helping us realize the values and dreams of Bolton’s future. In fact, the Town Common is already breathing life back into our community, in how we now organize and breathe life into the Town Common with our commitment to this wonderful green jewel.
I am greatly pleased by the individuals and businesses who have already stepped forward to offer their support and services to the make this dream a reality. You may say that it is one thing to offer resources that you already have, such as engineering skills or heavy equipment, but that is much more than many of us as individuals have or can do on our own. In fact, you are already part of this community, and can reach out to your friends and neighbors, even the 3-4 families on your street or immediate neighborhood. Ask yourself “What can we do, as a community of families and friends, for the Town Common?” By way of example, knowing that we have the 5K fundraiser coming in October, I asked the Trust board of directors – what can we do? After a few minutes of discussion we became Platinum-level sponsors of the race. Our small community was able to make a combined contribution to show that we have the resources, that we care, and that we can make a difference.
At this point you may be wondering about the emphasis on community throughout this letter. It’s simple. The Trust works for the community. The Town Common is for the community. It is the Bolton community that is going to make the Town Common a reality. As individuals, please continue to support our community.
Lastly, I wish to acknowledge and thank some of the individuals and businesses who are stepping up to this next important phase in the development of the Town Common. If you run into any of these individuals or do business with them, please thank them again on behalf of our Town Common.
Save the Date: Christmas Tree & Menorah Lighting on Dec. 10th
November 1, 2016
A Call for Community Support from the Bolton Conservation Trust President