Reservation - Pathways Rehabilitation Final Design Presentation
December 6, 2007BrightonMarineHealthCenter,
(Attendance sign-in sheet includes twelve names, though there
appeared to be several more people at the meeting.)
Ruth Helfeld, DCR Project Manager, noting briefly that this project, about to
be implemented, is the first major priority project identified in the Resource
Management Plan, completed last year, after many months of planning and public
process.The Pathways Rehabilitation
contract work will be out to bid Dec.
12, 2007; a pre-bid conference for interested contractors will be
held at the Reservation on Dec. 20, and bids are due January 9.Once
the bids come in, we will have a “ball park” idea of how much remains of the
$900,000 Community Benefits funds; DCR will meet with the public again to
discuss the use of the remaining funds, based on priorities identified in the
Resource Management Plan.
Landscape Architect with Pressley Associates, which designed the project on
behalf of DCR, presented the final design via Power Point.He pointed out the main elements of the
main work being the re-building or new construction (depending on the
section of path) of the stone dust perimeter path around the entire
Reservoir, to create a consistent 10-ft. width (with the exception of a
small stretch along St. Thomas More Rd., where the narrowness of the site
will constrict the path to eight feet for a small portion), and overall
uniform appearance, as well as creating a sturdy, well-built,
benches will be installed on concrete pads, adjacent to the path, and
distributed around the Reservoir
of accessible routes for people with disabilities, in particular, from the
Commonwealth Avenue entrance just off Chestnut Hill Avenue, crossing the
slope in a gentle downward angle, to meet the perimeter path; similarly,
from the Beacon Street entrance adjacent to the Reilly Rink, a new path
will rise gently to meet the perimeter path.
“dual path” :the section along
Beacon Street and St. Thomas More Rd. which will contain both a 5-ft.-wide
new asphalt sidewalk adjacent to the curb –a plow-able sidewalk, and an
8-ft to 10-ft. wide stone dust path, the two being separated by a five-ft.
and seeding of disturbed areas
of the remainder of the old fence (portions have already been removed).
project cost estimate is $800,800; an additional estimated $160,000 is
needed for the Chestnut Hill Driveway sidewalk, which DCR plans to pave
under its general paving contract.Of the $800,000, approximately $134,000 (20%) was shown as
contingency.This was explained to
include unforeseen conditions and other unexpected costs which can occur
on construction projects.
West District Manager, DCR Urban Parks, reviewed the construction period
logistics.The construction period was
noted to be approximately three to four months, likely beginning in early
April, depending on weather conditions.Kevin noted that there will be construction fence and signage posted,
informing the public of what portions of the paths are closed, and directing them
to safe routes.The construction schedule
and related information will be posted on the Chestnut Hill Reservation web
page.All questions about the
construction should be directed to Kevin, via telephone or e-mail (Kevin.Hollenbeck@state.ma.us).There will be a full-time DCR Resident
Engineer at the Reservation during construction, to ensure contractor
compliance with the contract provisions.
Kevin also noted that DCR will be installing park entrance
and gateway signs at various entry points around the Reservation.Each point of entry will be assigned a
letter, so that park users as well as emergency response personnel can be
directed to a specific location.
Some questions arose:
protection during construction:protective fencing or planks will be placed around trees in the
vicinity of construction; tree roots will be protected from excavation,
particularly in relation to the placement of the concrete bench pads, to
which the benches will be bolted.
size of the existing park signs was questioned, and Kevin explained that
those are according to DCR standards, and we are required to use
them.The secondary entrance signs
–those planned for the pedestrian access points- will be smaller, pendant
signs, hanging from an arm coming off of a black metal post.
future use of the Shaft #7 site was questioned; this is under MWRA
control, which agency should be contacted with questions.
future projects, such as repair of the stone wall along Chestnut
Hill Avenue, and a proposal to try to screen
development adjacent to the Reservoir were discussed.DCR staff noted that the current cost
estimate for the stone wall repairs is $200,000; the possibility of
remedial repairs to prevent further deterioration was discussed.Its repair is a priority project in the
Resource Management Plan; Kevin noted that there are currently no capital
funds in the DCR FY 08 budget for the Reservation.These are issues to discuss at a future
public meeting.DCR is bound by Massachusetts Commission
review of any work proposed for the wall.
have several inches of tree stumps been left in the area cleared for the
planned woodland path running from Chestnut Hill Driveway down to the
perimeter path?Kevin notes that those
trees were cut down by volunteers, whose work is difficult to control
precisely.Kevin’s staff has and
will continue to cut them flush with the ground. Kevin will likely put down some gravel
between the Driveway access and the path, to equalize the grade.
8’-high hemlock stump was noted; Kevin will look into it.