Revitalize Memorial Park
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We, the Members of Taunton's Memorial Park Revitalization Project, would like to see the following changes made in an effort to help improve our Memorial Park. We understand that the city has recently received $80,000 for improvements to the park, and feel that the following improvements would help to revitalize the park, and make it a point of pride within our community once again.
1. Explore and implement the addition of a well and/or water pump to help keep the pond at sufficient level throughout the year. We would like to see something similar to Easton’s Yardley-Wood Ice Rink established on the pond if possible. This winter time attraction has the potential to generate revenue for the city during the winter months and increase usage of the park.
2. Establish a community garden and small fruit-tree orchard on the park. The large open space abutting Orchard St. could be a potential location of a garden area, and the area around the park is heavily populated. Offering a space for residents to grow food and subsidize their food budget is a critical improvement that we feel will dramatically improve our community’s health and our environment, while also increasing the public's use of the park.
3. Find a creative reuse for the storage building by the pond. The current storage use for Pop Warner football teams is an inconsistent use of the space that does not help improve our park. We need to first identify a new storage location for the football teams. If the building was instead used to facilitate ice skate rentals during the winter, storage for a community garden space, or boating/fishing rental and supply during the warmer months, we feel that this would be a better use of the building.
4. Installation of appropriate signage to deter feeding of animals and reduce the population of Canadian geese on the pond.
We would also be open to the idea of partnering with the City to start a nonprofit organization to help assist in these projects, by reducing some of the staffing and financial burdens from Parks, Cemeteries & Public Grounds Department. Thank you for listening to our concerns, and we hope that these suggestions guide your decision making for improving our park.
Memorial Park Revitalization Project
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