Friday, December 21, 2001
Short test path will preview the 'school loop'
At their December 11 meeting the board of selectmen voted to authorize the spending of up to $2,000 to construct a small portion of the pedestrian path on the grounds of the school near the Carlisle Castle play area. Funds will be spent from $30,000 in state highway funding allocated for a feasibility study for a much longer path, the "school loop," which would connect Carlisle Center, the Carlisle Public School campus, Banta-Davis Fields and Kimball's ice cream stand.
The short path, to be constructed this spring, will "wrap around the street side of Carlisle Castle," as selectman Carol Peters put it, running from the circular driveway at the Spalding Building to the intersection of Church and School Streets, then down Church Street to the first entrance to the main parking lot, all within the stone wall.
The pedestrian and bicycle safety advisory committee plans to use the same material as the newly constructed walkways at Minuteman National Park. According to chair Deb Belanger, these paths have a rustic look and are reported to wear well, but are more expensive to construct than asphalt. This test path will let townspeople see whether the material is acceptable for the longer path while increasing safety for children walking to cars waiting on School Street.
Selectman Vivian Chaput cautioned the committee to consult on plans with the planning board, which under the scenic roads bylaw has jurisdiction over removal of trees and curb cuts on School Street .
Citizens speaking in favor of the path at the selectmen's meeting included third-grader Alex Moskowitz who emphasized the benefits of a path extending from the school to East Street, and Carolyn and Dick Shohet of Bedford Road, abutters to the proposed longer path to Kimball's.
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