Capital Improvement Projects

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Update on  Projects 7/14



The City of Waltham, Planning Department receives funding from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development to invest in housing and community development projects each year. This survey is our opportunity to hear what the specific needs of the community are that are not being met. In turn, the City is able to better invest these limited funds throughout the next five years (2015 - 2019).

Click this link to be directed to the Survey

Nipper Maher Park - Phase 6
Improvement Plans Underway

Nipper Maher Park has reopened.  A small punch list of items remain for this project.  The grass growing season will continue into the fall. 

Installation of the preschool children’s “Brain Trail” play stations will begin the week of August 18, 2014.  Once completed preschoolers and parents will enjoy visiting the play stations along the paved walking trail.  Each station emphasizes recreation and education.  The “Brain Trail” is sponsored by the Sallie Mae Foundation and United Way in partnership with the City of Waltham.

You’re invited to the Learning Trail Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting!
Where: Nipper-Maher Park, 65 Dartmouth St. Waltham, MA 02453
When: Thursday, September 18, 2014, 10:30 a.m.
We hope to see you there!  

(click to download full version of invitation)

Pond End Tot Lot

The City has finalized a contract with the Tasco Construction, Inc. of Belmont for Park Improvements. Construction will soon be starting and continue through the summer and fall seasons.  The Park will be closed during construction. 

Click to view the Master Plan

Elsie Turner Field

AS a result of the Public meeting held on June 26, 2014 see the plan which highlights the recreation elements to be included in this renovation project.  A final plan will be developed with will include the following: appropriate size softball field to accommodate the Waltham Girls Softball and amenities including players benches, spectator bleachers, shade canopies, scoreboard, and night lighting of the field.  The final plan will also include the footprint for a concession stand/restroom building with utilities to operate it.  It will also include a walking path, picnic tables, small play area, exercise components and parking lot improvements. 

The City’s consultant is currently working on final plans and specifications to begin discussions with other City agencies including Engineering and Conservation Commission.  Once the final plan is ready it will be presented to the Recreation Board for approval and the City will have cost estimates to present the Mayor and City Council.  

Elsie Turner Field Plan

Graverson Playground

As a result of the Public Meeting held on June 17th the attached plan is a summary of the preferences expressed in review of the three conceptual designs presented.  Another community meeting is scheduled for August 21 at 6:30 p.m. at Prospect Hill Recreation Building to review a final plan. 

Graverson Playground Plan

Cedarwood Playground

The Conservation Commission has reviewed the final plan and issued it’s order of conditions.  Carolyn Cooney & Associates will now develop plans and specifications to prepare the final construction budget to seek funding from the Mayor and City Council

Cedarwood Playground Plan

Drake Playground 

Final Designs for both of these projects are currently before the Conservation Commission.  More information to follow.

Drake Playground Plan


Peter Gilmore Playground

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds will be appropriated this summer.  Once received, the demolition of the former South Branch Library will take place. 

Koutoujian Playground

Community Block Grant Funds (CBDG) will be appropriated this summer.  Once received, the City will be seeking proposals for design services.

Woburn Street

A community input meeting with held in March of 2014 for developing a possible dog park at this location.  As a result of very little support for the dog park at this site, it was decided the site would not be developed at this time.