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CORNELIA WARREN PARK
The City of Waltham retained Beals + Thomas to design the renovations and site improvements to the Recreation Department’s property known as Cornelia Warren field. At the time, only home to a softball field, the City had a vision to turn this is into more than just a field; to create a multi-use park for many user groups. This vision aligned with the property’s namesake, who was a social philanthropist well known for her investment in community improvement projects, as well as encouragement of health and fitness activities for the general public throughout her career in the latter half of the 19th century and turn of the century.
Beals + Thomas prepared design plans based on the City’s need for an upgraded field as well as the goal of incorporating new and unique features at this park, ones that could not be found at any of the City’s other properties. Community input was received during a public meeting as well as through the City’s online forum.
In addition to a newly renovated natural grass softball field with new appurtenances, such as fencing, bleachers, players benches, scoreboard, dugouts, and backstop, the design also boasts a new playground, a fitness area featuring both traditional and “Ninja Warrior” inspired fitness equipment, a 1/4 mile walking path, a covered picnic area, and a nearly 14,000 square foot synthetic turf putting green. This one-of-a-kind putting green, which has two practice areas with a total of 36 holes, will be open to the public and utilized for kids golf clinics.
This project also includes a newly paved parking lot, a new irrigation system, and drainage improvements.