Capital Improvement Projects

Parks and Facilities
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Update August 2016

The Recreation Department is currently working on various capital improvement projects to enhance parks, playgrounds, and open space with renovations and additional new recreational opportunities at different locations throughout the City.  The following list below provides a brief summary of each project and its current status, since they are at different stages from design to development and actual construction.


Drake Playground re-opened to the Public on 
Wednesday, September 14 , 2016



(click to enlarge the park plan)

Construction has begun at Peter Gilmore.  The contractor awarded the Park Improvement Project is Green Acres Landscaping and Construction Co. of Lakeville, MA.  The contractor recently completed improvements at Cedarwood Playground and is currently finishing improvements at Drake Playground.  We are pleased to be working with them again.  The contractor started with securing the site, fencing off the area during construction for safety purposes, posting signs alerting residents that the Park is closed during construction.  Work has consisted of tree removals and pruning of existing trees at the site.  The next couple of weeks they will concentrate on demolition of all materials to be removed before starting to prepare the site for proper grading, utility lines and services and underground drainage.  We will be updating the project as the construction schedule changes.  Construction will continue throughout the remainder of the calendar year, with a spring of 2017 re-opening of the park.


Elsie Turner

Click to view approved plan

Graverson Playground

Click to view approved design and details of play equipment

Notice of Intents have been filed with the Waltham Conservation Commission with Public Hearings held in August and scheduled in September.  Once this process is complete the City’s consultant, Mr. Ben Gary of Marshall/Gary LLC will finalize the plans with city officials and prepare documents for public bid.


The City’s Engineering Department has begun the process of investigating the drainage issues and will assess the impact of preliminary improvements discussed at the Community Meeting.  Upon receipt of their findings, we will then be able to move the design phase forward.   


(click to enlarge park photo)

The City's Planning Department is currently working with a consultant surveying land at this property.  The results of the survey will assist in determinating anticipated future park improvements and renovations to existing facilities.