We've Reached Over $800K in Funding Against Revised Goal of $1.47M
September 22, 2015
Things may look quiet on the future Bolton Town Common, but nothing could be further from the truth. Campaign Co-Chair Bob Roemer reports that the committee has spent much of the summer completing the investigation and remediation of the site, which has been a contaminated brownfield for the last several decades. The committee reports that the type and extent of the contamination have now been fully defined and specific estimates have been reached for the Common features, such as the Community Pavilion, the parking lots and so on. According to Roemer, “Thanks to the positive outcome of the investigation and the generosity and hard work of several residents who have offered materials and services at no cost, we are delighted to lower our total fundraising goal to $1.47 million – down from the original $1.7 million.”
Meanwhile fundraising for the initiative has reached a new milestone, crossing the $800,000 mark. Meg O’Leary, co-chair for the Bolton Town Common Initiative, said that these funds have been come from Bolton residents who are showing tremendous enthusiasm for the project. To help reach the finish line of $1.2 million in private funding, O’Leary says that the committee is planning a series of fundraisers as well as informational sessions to help residents fully understand the project. Additionally, committee member Liz Schoepke is heading up the grant submission process and reaching out to foundations and organizations throughout Massachusetts.
“We’ll be holding the Bolton 5K and Family Festival at Schartner Farm on October 10th and we already have more than 250 people signed up and more than $20,000 in sponsorships from businesses and families,” said O’Leary. “But we have also come to realize that residents want to learn more about the project so we are holding neighborhood get-togethers throughout the fall where people can come and learn what the Bolton Town Common initiative is all about.”
O’Leary says that six neighborhood gatherings are planned over the next 10 weeks and invitations are currently being sent out. Anyone interested in participating in one of these small gatherings is welcome to reach out at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Residents and friends can register for the Bolton 5K & Family Festival at www.Bolton5K.com. The walk/run will be followed by a cookout, live music, hayrides, corn maze and more. People can buy tickets for the festival even if they don’t want to participate in the 5K. “We hope that people will come just for the fun,” said O’Leary.
With fundraising in full swing, construction on the Common is also continuing. The foundations for Overlook Pavilion, which will be nestled at the edge of the conservation land and trails, are being excavated and the trees below the overlook have been selectively removed to provide a great view of the lower Common from the Overlook above. The post & beam pavilion will be constructed from prefabricated parts as part of an Eagle Scout project. Nashoba Winery Owner Rich Pelletier has designed the circular trellis that will sit at the center of the Common, which he will build next spring. Soon passersby will also see the fill being delivered in preparation for the remediation and build-out of the lower area of the common.
Roemer says the excavation part of the remediation will soon be underway which will be followed by the overall fill and grading of the lower Common. These activities are scheduled to be completed with grass planted before the snow flies. Resident are encouraged to pledge their support at www.BoltonTownCommon.org or get more information by contacting email@example.com.
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