City Council adopts Long Wharf master plan
— 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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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.