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Hammond Pond "Access Enhancements" Proposal

What's Next:

DEP "tentatively approved" the DCR proposal on June 13, 2014. A final license for the project is expected to be issued in July.

In 2010, the Michael Rudyak Memorial Fund approached DCR "with a vision to improve access to Hammond Pond by funding the installation of a continuous path along the shoreline."

Newton family offers to build a walkway over Hammond Pond (Newton Tab article 4/21/10; no longer online)

Plans for tribute run adrift (Boston Globe article)

On March 10, 2011, DCR held a public hearing at Newton City Hall to discuss this proposal, and possibilities for "improved ecological function" of the pond.

Public hearing presentation

Residents Offer Questions, Concerns on Possible Hammond Pond Walkway (Newton Patch article)

Nature lovers debate boardwalk proposal for Newton's Hammond Pond (Boston.com article)

A second public meeting was held on July 7, 2011.

DCR presentation

DCR request for public comments

Project Sparks Questions About Improvements to Hammond Pond's Health (Newton Patch article)

The next public meeting was held on October 24, 2011.

DCR presentation

DCR request for public comments

New Details Emerge in Hammond Pond Plan (Newton Patch)

Chestnut Hill Association requests that work proceed more slowly

Letter from Alderman Ruthanne Fuller

DCR presented new plans at a meeting in April 2012.

DCR Presents Final Design Plans for Hammond Pond Enhancements (Newton Patch)

Department of Environmental Protection requests comments on the DCR proposal by April 4, 2014

Notice

Superceding Order of Conditions cover letter

Superceding Order of Conditions

Approved Plans

Chapter 91 Application

Plan for floating walkway at Newton pond resurfaces (Boston Globe, 4/6/14)

DEP approves DCR proposal June 2014

DEP "tentatively approved" the DCR proposal on June 13, 2014. A final license for the project is expected to be issued in July.

Approved site plan
 
DCR image of 2011 "preferred design"    
     

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An aerial view shows vegetation on the surface of the pond.   A trail passes near the west edge of the pond. Parking lots abut the south edge. The east edge is privately owned.
     
 
Images of proposed walkway by Loze Bnick from 2010 (Newton Tab)
     
 
By summer, much of the pond's surface is covered by vegetation.   Stormwater retention facilities were built at the edge of the DCR parking lot in 2006.
     
 
A heron at the pond   The Street Chestnut Hill parking lot is next to the pond.

 

 

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