The contractor for the Fuller Brook Park project completed his work for the 2016 construction season on January 6, 2017. The stream restoration work that was done over the past two winters was completed last year so the contractor moved on to a project elsewhere for the winter. After a prolonged end to winter in March and early April, we are working with him to get back on site to finish the project this spring and summer.
Also, please notice that the annual fish migration in the brook has begun and hundreds of white suckers and perhaps some alewife will swim up Fuller Brook from the Charles over the next 3-4 weeks.
The greatest part of work remaining is completion of some planting between Grove Street and Dover Road and extensive lawn restoration work, mostly between Wellesley Ave. and Dover Road, but really throughout the project area. All seeding operations are supposed to be completed by June 1 and the contractor remains responsible for a minimum of 60 days or until the seeding work is accepted by the town.
There is paving and sidewalk work remaining at Brook and Cameron streets and some patching of pavements at areas paved last fall. There is also some puddling at several areas along the path. These areas will be addressed this spring.
A significant drainage project on Cottage Street is scheduled to start after school lets out in June and completed in approximately four weeks.
We are hoping for all construction to be completed by the end of July.
The project has resulted in some new maintenance challenges and also an increase in use of the park. Recognizing the need to protect the town’s significant investment in the Fuller Brook Park project, Town Meeting passed a DPW budget that included additional funding to enhance maintenance in the park. This effort will result in continued work on stream restoration, invasive plant management, and general park conditions. The public support for the project remains outstanding.
Your comments and questions regarding the Fuller Brook Park Preservation Project are always welcome. Please call the Department of Public Works Engineering Division at 781-235-7600 x 3315 or visit the Fuller Brook Park Preservation Project page for more information.