The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, May 28, 2004


Residents organize to beautify Town Common lawn

Town Common (Photo by Lois d'Annunzio)

Twelve people met to discuss the unfortunate state of the Town Common at a meeting initiated by Holly Salemy of the Carlisle Garden Club. The group included other club members, townspeople, and abutters to the site.

Over the years the quality of the lawn has fallen into disrepair. The group discussed past proposals to improve the town property, including an ambitious project in the 1930s that beautified the site with the planting of trees. The most recent proposal, dating back to 1984, failed to obtain state funding as the town did not meet required minimum affordable housing standards. That bid, estimated at $346,500 would have included trees, plantings, benches, lighting, sidewalks, and fencing.

The attendees focused discussion on the importance of having a good plan before undertaking any improvements to the site. Eunice Knight, nominated and chosen to lead the group as its chair, emphasized the need for a landscape architect. The group agreed to prioritize regrading and replanting the lawn at the Town Common. Chris Chin suggested an organic lawn would have the least impact on the water supply at the town center. The group hopes to pursue the project aggressively so that the lawn can look presentable in time for next year's bicentennial celebrations. Such an effort would require regrading and reseeding to occur in the fall of 2004.

The group will next meet on Tuesday, June 1 at 7:30 p.m. at the Town Hall. All interested parties are invited to attend.

2004 The Carlisle Mosquito