Friday, June 2, 2006
Historical Commission hears plans for a "modest" Central Park
Abutters to the town-owned park next to Ferns' garage overflowed the Heald Room at Town Hall on May 30, when the Carlisle Historical Commission heard preliminary plans to upgrade the park. Sabrina Perry, representing the Friends of the Carlisle Center Park, displayed several designs detailing proposed changes — replacing the fence, adding three granite benches and paving the parking area. The design had previously been presented to the Selectmen.
Selectman Tim Hult attended the meeting on behalf of the town and the project's landscape architect, Lowell Robinson, was present to answer questions about the design. The goal, said Perry, is to create a place of beauty in the center for the entire community.
Part of the fundraising effort for the upgrade would include memorial bricks around two of the three granite benches, and names would be carved on the benches themselves. Some Historical Commission members took a dim view of the memorial "messages," preferring to keep the park as natural as possible without creating a "cemetery atmosphere."
The Commissioners agreed that the surface of the parking area should not be paved and suggested that Perry return with, among other changes, plans for paving material that will not require maintenance.
Abutter Bob Hilton pointed out two "deep ponds" and a stream within the park area, and said that water drains onto his property. He was advised that this is a Planning Board issue.
Landscape architect Robinson assured the Commission and the public that the park is a "modest undertaking" and is not intended to be a destination. Chair Larry Sorli said the Historical Commission agreed in concept to most of the proposals over which it has purview. Perry will present the design to the Planning Board, then return to the Selectmen before revisiting the Commission. Hult emphasized that abutters' concerns can be aired at the Selectmen's meeting when the park is next considered.
In another application before the Commission, David Galvin presented a proposed business sign for his office at 50 School Street. The design was approved.
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