City Coun­cil adopts Long Wharf mas­ter plan

Dorchester Star - - Regional - By VICTORIA WINGATE vwingate@ches­pub.com

— The Cam­bridge City Coun­cil adopted a draft mas­ter plan for Long Wharf Park dur­ing its Mon­day, Jan. 23, pub­lic meet­ing.

The draft plan was pre­sented by Jeff Hub­bard of Lane En­gi­neer­ing.

Hub­bard high­lighted sev­eral de­tails of the plan, in­clud­ing im­proved park­ing ar­eas, signage at the park’s en­trance, a kayak launch point, a bait cut­ting and fish cleaning sta­tion, and con­ve­nient elec­tric­ity and audio-vis­ual sources for the open lawn per­for­mance area, to name a few.

“Keep in mind, this was not just Lane En­gi­neer­ing,” Hub­bard said. “There was a num­ber of com­mu­nity out­reaches that we at­tended. A lot of peo­ple were in­ter­viewed, and a lot of opin­ions were taken on dur­ing this process.”

Na­tive marsh grasses will be planted along the wa­ter’s edge to aid in stormwater man­age­ment, such as stem­ming runoff from the park­ing lot that will have mixed with the oil from ve­hi­cles.

Por­tions of the plan have al­ready been com­pleted with about $340,000 of grant money from the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay Trust.

“One of the things that we felt the park re­ally needed was a sense of iden­tity,” Hub­bard said.

The asphalt is­land at the en­trance to the park has been re­placed with grass and flow­ers, and soon a sign will go up to iden­tify Long Wharf Park. The op­por­tu­nity fit well with the green in­fra­struc­ture na­ture of the project as it al­lowed for the re­moval of im­per­vi­ous sur­face, Hub­bard said.

Chair­man of the Long Wharf Com­mit­tee Lou Hy­man spoke in sup­port of the plan and to of­fer in­sight into the in­put from the com­mu­nity.

Lo­cal stake­holder groups in­volved in the plan­ning and de­sign process in­clude the Richard­son Museum, West End Cit­i­zens As­so­ci­a­tion, Schooner Ren­dezvous, Cam­bridge Yacht Club, Ro­tar y Club, Dorch­ester Skip­jack Com­mit­tee, Cam­bridge Marina staf f and slip-hold­ers, Cam­bridge Main Street, Cam­bridge Farmer’s Mar­ket, Cam­bridge Light­house As­so­ci­a­tion, Iron­man Club and lo­cal fish­er­men.

“We feel as if this plan is a ma­jor step for­ward in en­hanc­ing this as­set and en­sur­ing pub­lic long-term ben­e­fit of this park,” Hy­man said.

City Coun­cil voted 3-2 to adopt the plan, and in­clude it in the Five-Year Cap­i­tal Pro­gram. The op­pos­ing votes came from Ward 2 com­mis­sioner Don­ald Syd­nor and Ward 3 com­mis­sioner La’Shon Foster.

The plan is ac­ces­si­ble for the pub­lic to view on the City of Cam­bridge web­site, www.choose­cam­bridge.com.

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PHOTO BY DUSTIN HOLT

Lane En­gi­neer­ing pre­sented a draft mas­ter plan for Long Wharf Park dur­ing the Mon­day, Jan. 23, Cam­bridge City Coun­cil meet­ing. The coun­cil ap­proved the plan with a 3-2 vote.

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