DEP “tentatively approved” the DCR proposal on June 13, 2014. A final license for the project was expected to be issued in July.
However, as of February 2019, no further developments have occurred on this project.
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 6/1/2012; no longer online)
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.
Residents Offer Questions, Concerns on Possible Hammond Pond Walkway (Newton Patch article; no longer online)
Nature lovers debate boardwalk proposal for Newton’s Hammond Pond (Boston.com article; no longer online)
A second public meeting was held on July 7, 2011
Project Sparks Questions About Improvements to Hammond Pond’s Health (Newton Patch article; no longer online)
The next public meeting was held on October 24, 2011.
New Details Emerge in Hammond Pond Plan (Newton Patch)
DCR presented new plans at a meeting in April 2012
Department of Environmental Protection requests comments on the DCR proposal by April 4, 2014
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.
DCR image of 2011 “preferred design”