Funds needed to enhance Westborough's Bay State Green

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Westborough – What is missing at the Bay State Green, the town park at Bay State Commons? A flag to wave over this public space where people gather for community events? A plaque to describe the park's history as the site of a former football field and Bay State Abrasives, the second largest grinding wheel manufacturer in the world? A permanent planter with seating to bring interest to the southeast entrance of the park?

After months of discussion, the Bay State Green Committee has identified these as main elements needed to enhance the park. For an entrance to the park, the group has been working with Terrascaping to design a 20-foot-diameter fieldstone planter seating wall and, as a reminder of the park's history, the seating wall will incorporate four grinding wheels recovered from the former Bay State Abrasives. It will also feature landscaping in the center to provide interest in all four seasons. Seating will be provided along the brownstone edge of the planter. Also planned are a flagpole and a plaque to welcome visitors at the northwest corner of the park.

To accomplish this, the committee has already half the funds required. However, another $9,000 must be raised to complete the projects. An appeal for funds will be made to the town's civic organizations and to individuals who would like to help create a permanent legacy for the park. Those interested may send a check to Leah Talbot, Town Accountant, Town Hall, 34 West Main St., Westborough. Checks should be made payable to the Town of Westborough, with Bay State Commons Gift Fund on the memo line of the check, as the intended recipient.

For more information, contact Kim Levesque, chair of the Bay State Green Committee, at [email protected].