Park Master Plan Focuses on Environmental & Trail Restoration

As you may know from previous bulletins, the City has been engaged in a master planning process for Ward Acres, our largest park. Last month, this process culminated with the presentation by Vollmer Associates, our park consultants, of a series of recommendations for park improvements and preservation. The Vollmer report focuses primarily on environmental and trail restoration, including control of invasive species, wetlands management, and other steps intended to protect and enhance the park’s natural, unspoiled character. The report also proposes rules of usage for the park, and suggests rehabilitation of the Ward Acres barn. A full copy of the Vollmer report can be viewed at the City’s website HERE. The City Council must now consider these recommendations and determine whether and on what timetable to act upon them. I support the swift implementation of the plan’s core proposals related to trails and park ecology.