By Joan F. Simoneau, Community Reporter
Marlborough – A master plan for renovation and rehabilitation of Ward Park was well received by immediate abutters and neighbors at a public meeting held May 21 at City Hall. Mayor Arthur Vigeant, Department of Public Works Commissioner (DPW) John Ghiloni, and representatives from CDM Smith, the firm who drafted the conceptual plan, fielded questions and comments from attendees as details of the project were presented.
Among those offering comments and making suggestions were Ned Fenstermacher and Paul Brodeur, who have stated opposition to the center being built at the park. Placement of playgrounds, the concession stand, bocce court and lighting were discussed. Ward 7 City Councilor Don Landers stressed the lack of sports fields in the city and urged the mayor to encourage use of the multi-purpose field area for all major sports activities.
City Councilors had approved an appropriation of $3 million for the park project as well as a request for $6.5 million to construct a senior center at the northern corner of Ward Park.
A lawsuit filed by opponents of the senior center to build on a portion of the park was recently dismissed by a Superior Court judge.
City Council President Trish Pope, who also serves on the Building Committee, charged with overseeing construction, said: “The Ward Park location gives our city the ability to offer unique and innovative programs and amenities that most communities do not possess.? This is a project we can all be proud of.”