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Date Posted: 12:44:51 03/20/13 Wed
Author: John Buczek
Subject: Will changes to Ward Park be beneficial to the Youth of Marlborough?

The "battle" for Ward Park still goes on.

What the Mayor and Council seem to forget is what the park was intended for:

"THE ARTEMAS WARD PARK"

"Of about twenty acres mostly within the bounds of WILLIAM WARDS original house lot"

"Acquired by the City of Marlborough and DEDICATED TO THE BETTER DEVELOPMENT OF ITS YOUTH"

November 11, 1925

This plaque sits at the NEW entrance to the current park (go here)

http://freepages.history.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~historyofmarlborough/wardparkmem.htm#WARD

They used to be closer to Main Street however the city took part of the park to make Granger Blvd. Now they want more.
(go here)

http://freepages.history.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~historyofmarlborough/nowandthen16a.html#NOW

From what I read below... there is little to do with the youth.

Vigeant said that with Ward Park improvements, the fields would be raised about 18 inches to solve drainage problems, a move that would add 50,000 square feet of field space.

The track currently there would disappear, but an informal rendering showed walking trails going around the park, leading to tennis and basketball courts, picnic areas, and a new walking trail through existing woods.

The plans also call for bocce courts and horseshoe pits in the corner closest to the proposed center.

Some councilors said they still weren’t sure about the placement of the building within the park. Councilors Ed Clancy and Rob Tunnera wondered if the building could be placed on what’s now woods on higher elevation between South and Liberty streets. Vigeant said other locations within the park could be considered.

The Ward Park Neighborhood Association, a group opposing the project, has garnered 644 signatures on an online petition.

Christine Manzi, a member of the group, said after the meeting Thursday night that she is happy that improvements to the park are being proposed, but still thinks there are a number of substantial problems, including a dearth of parking. Manzi also said she thinks the architect will be hard pressed to fit the building on the small plot Vigeant said the center will require.

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