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Park and Recreation Commission, August 29, 2023

Commission Members and Attendance
The Arlington Park and Recreation Commission held an online meeting via Zoom. Scott Walker, the Chair of the Park & Recreation Commission, took attendance and read a statement about the change in public meeting law due to COVID-19, which allows for virtual meetings. He also covered the meeting’s ground rules and procedures.

Landscape Architect Interviews
The Commission interviewed three design firms: Copley Wolff, Stantec, and Kyle Zick Landscape Architecture. Each gave a 20-minute presentation followed by a 10-minute question and answer session.

Capital Plan Review
Joe Connelly presented the Capital Plan for fiscal years 2025, 2026, and 2027. The plan includes various projects like Crosby Courts, Parallel, Field Master Plan, Playground Master Plan, Florence Field, Thorndike Dog Park, and Buzzell Playground. Funding for Menotomy and Parallel is for design only, and build money has not been secured yet.

Poet’s Corner Discussion
The Commission discussed the need to establish a concept for the town’s land and to have concepts ready to work with the new buyer of the Archdiocese parcel known as Poet’s Corner. They discussed how to incorporate the plot into the capital request and the possibilities of constructing a dog park, maximizing field space, installing a playground, and negotiating with the new owners.

New Business
Member Phil Lasker presented Weston and Sampson’s revised proposals for Hills’ Hill. He suggested doing the full design and phase construction as needed.

Public Comment
There were no public comments.



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