On April 26th, Lieutenant Governor Tim Murray, along with Mayor Joseph Petty, City Manager Michael O’Brien, members of the Worcester City Council and students from the Elm Park School and Doherty High School celebrated the groundbreaking for Phase I of the Elm Park renovation project.
“As a community, it is critical that we come together to preserve and improve one of the city’s and nation’s historic sites – Elm Park,” said Lieutenant Governor Murray. Established in 1854, the 21-acre park is considered to be one of the oldest public parks in the United States, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. With elements designed by the famous landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmsted, the park hosts many activities including boating on the ponds, walking paths, picnic areas and a playground.
Phase I renovation activities include playground equipment and safety surfacing enhancements, new park-wide pedestrian lighting, accessible pathways, new site benches and picnic tables, stone wall reconstruction along the pond, and electrical upgrades throughout the park. Phase I renovations are expected to be complete by the end of June 2013.
Future phases include enhancements to perimeter sidewalks, street lighting and entry points, additional tree plantings, and renovations to the park’s iconic red and black bridges.
Beals + Thomas is providing master planning, design services and construction administration for the Elm Park renovation project.