We’ve reached a huge milestone in our initiative to build the new Bolton Town Common. The former brownfield that once housed the Smith Garage has now been remediated making it possible to build out a clean and green town common next spring.
More than 100 hours of volunteer time per week has been dedicated during these autumn months to get the future Common "clean." In-kind donations of professional services and resources from Bolton residents and businesses also played a huge role in reaching this milestone.
Bob Roemer, co-chair of the Bolton Town Common Initiative, said, “Everything necessary to move forward on remediation and site preparation has been completed.” According to Roemer, this includes permission by the DEP to complete the remediation as well as the completion of detailed engineering plans and drainage calculations. Simultaneously, the Common Committee received approval from the Conservation Commission regarding wetlands and drainage as well as approval of the Site Plan by the Planning Board and Selectmen.
“All contaminated soil has been removed per the DEP remediation plan requirements and several thousand cubic yards of fill have been brought to the site and graded per the engineering plans,” continued Roemer. “As a result, we’ve been moving forward with engineering plan including pruning trees, grading the soil, excavating the access road, replacing degraded culverts, and installing drainage features. We are now completing the upper pavilion and prepping the land for the natural play area.”
As the work on the site continues, the committee is also moving forward with its fundraising efforts. To date, approximately $875,000 has been raised against the goal of $1.47 million. “The Bolton 5K and Family Festival was a great success with over 500 people attending and yielding approximately $38,000,” said Meg O’Leary, co-chair, Bolton Town Common Initiative. “We’ve also hosted four neighborhood meet-ups for over 100 residents to learn more about the initiative and decide if Our Common Cause is something they’d like to support financially. We are thrilled at tremendous support we are seeing across town.”
To reach the next phase of development, we are seeking additional financial and volunteer support. More information can be found at www.BoltonTownCommon.org.
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