Playground approved for opening (September 8, 2017)
Construction on phase one has been completed and all approvals received. The playground will be open for use on Saturday, September 9. Please know that the new grass in front of the playground is still blocked off in order to continue establishing itself. The playground can be accessed through the entrance nearest Town Hall.
Handicap Accessible parking is available by using the driveway near the intersection with Town House Road and Boston Post Road. This should only be used for those with proper Handicap Accessible permits.
Construction resumed (July 12, 2017)
Soil removal and replacement is complete. The project has moved back into playground construction, though the Licensed Soil Professional will still inspect any disturbed soil as necessary to determine if further testing is needed. A fence will also be added at the rear of the playground to comply with an Activity Use Limitation (AUL) to protect a certain area outside of the playground. Specifics of this fence are not yet determined and will be dictated by state requirements for this AUL.
Equipment installation began on Monday, July 10 and is expected to last 1.5 to 2-weeks. It is expected that the majority of construction work will be completed by early to mid-August.
AUL FENCE UPDATE JULY 17: The AUL Fence will be a 6-ft. chain link fence with black vinyl coating. This is the only fence that would gain approval to install the AUL. The contractors and Town pushed to get post-and-rail approved, but the frequent curvature, dramatic grade changes and existence of substantial ledge made installing post-and-rail in a pattern that would meet the AUL requirements prohibitive. We plan to use vine plantings to screen the fence as much as possible, though details for this have not been sorted out yet. For more information, please call the Recreation Department at 781-786-6260.
Construction of the playground has been paused due to soil testing and remediation. There was a concern with the safety of the soil in the sub-grade which prompted the testing.
Testing analysis has been completed within the playground area. An area of extent identifying where elevated levels of lead have been found has been established and will require remediation. The town will remediate by having the contaminated soil removed and replaced with clean soil. This work is being arranged through the Town Manager's office and the Recreation Department. Remediation will be completed before playground construction resumes.
Soil remediation has begun and was interrupted by rainy conditions and high levels of ground water. Further analysis has been completed and continued remediation efforts will begin in mid-to late-May. Additionally, new material was found outside of the previously identified area of extent. This is currently being analyzed to determine whether further remediation is necessary and the scope of that remediation.
As part of the remediation, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection Agency (MassDEP) is placing an Activity Use Limitation (AUL) on a small area to the north of the playground (indicated on the attachment as ARC-5). This is the area where elevated levels of arsenic was found as described above. The levels found are reportable but do not qualify as an Immanent Hazard according to MassDEP. As part of the AUL, the fence that crosses the southwest portion of the playground will simply be extended to the northern and eastern sides, completely enclosing the playground.
The MassDEP tracking number for this remediation effort is 3-34108
For questions regarding this project, please call the Recreation Department at 781-786-6260.