Arlington-Final Recommendations for the Whittemore Park Planning Project

Review the presentation from the June 20 Forum

The Arlington Department of Planning and Community Development (DPCD) is pleased to share its recommendations for Whittemore Park from Crowley Cottrell, LLC, the project designer, as presented at the June 20th forum held in the Town Hall Auditorium. Two options for Whittemore Park were presented based on the following design goals: enhance small and large gathering opportunities; improve and provide more types of seating; preserve railroad tracks and improve interpretation; and balance tree preservation with a healthy lawn. The full presentation and the two options can be viewed at https://www.arlingtonma.gov/planning.

Throughout Spring 2018 input was sought from the community on the park design. The public process began with a Community Open House on April 9. At this meeting, we shared information on the park’s history, assets and challenges, as well as the trees currently present in the park. We gained feedback about the types of amenities people are seeking in the park. An online survey was also launched which received over 500 individual responses. A second forum was held on May 17, during which three design options were presented. Finally, a “Design Day” was held on June 13 in Whittemore Park. Design Day attendees were able to visit three stations to see and respond to the proposed designs. Proposed elements were marked on the ground with construction flags and paint.

Over the summer, Crowley Cottrell will take the feedback received on the two final design options and create a final design plan for future funding opportunities. Along with a final plan, Crowley Cottrell will also prepare cost estimates and develop a potential construction schedule.

This project, supported by Community Preservation Act (CPA) funds, builds on momentum generated by past projects aimed at transforming the park into a focal point for recreation and civic functions, as well as a place to appreciate Arlington’s cultural heritage. Crowley Cottrell was supported by a working group composed of representatives from the Historical Commission, Historic Districts Commission, Dallin Museum, Chamber of Commerce, Cutter Gallery, and property and business owners in Arlington Center.

For more information about this project, contact Jennifer Raitt, Director of Planning and Community Development, at 781-316-3092 or jraitt@town.arlington.ma.us, or visit https://www.arlingtonma.gov/planning.

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