Masterplan Unveiled at Plan Open House

AUGUST 18, 2018 — At 9:00 a.m. on Saturday morning, community members of all ages gathered in the House of Hope parking lot across from the future home of Great Falls Park for a Final Plan Open House. Volunteers brought coffee, fruit, and homemade baked goods to the morning event, and using a tactical urbanism approach, drew and marked a sidewalk-chalk crosswalk across Saw Mill Hill to illustrate the need for a proper pedestrian crossing and traffic calming infrastructure in that area.

The multi-generational group moved across the chalk-crosswalk to the GFP plateau around 9:20 a.m. where process designs, masterplans, and perspective renderings were on display. After a brief introduction by GFP committee members Serena Galleshaw and Paul Boisvert, and Selectboard Member Tom Wright, the ecological designer for the project, Cornelius Murphy, was on hand to discuss the process to date and new masterplan concepts. After the presentation, the group moved into a Q&A period that included discussions on favorite ideas and thoughts about safety and pedestrian access; following which, attendees walked through the gallery-style displays and were able to leave comments via sticky notes and markers.

Finally, GFP committee members led the group down Moulton Street to the southernmost plateau of the future GFP. Perspective drawings were posted on-location to help envision the future space. Some on the tour had been through the woods before to explore with children or walk dogs, while some had never seen the space—all expressed enjoyment of the walkabout and excitement in thinking about the future of the land.

Designs will be on display at and in the town hall, as well as on this site.

Next Events
Community Work Day, Saturday 9/22 9am-12pm at GFP
Regular monthly meetings in fall 2018 and through 2019 dates TBD — contact if interested in joining the regular meetings!

Serena Galleshaw