Town Hosting Open House on Planned Changes to Arsenal Park

The Town of Watertown announced it will host a meeting where residents can comment on the conceptual designs for renovating Arsenal Park. The Town sent out the following information:

Please come to an Open House to see the final Conceptual Design Plan for Arsenal Park. The Conservation Commission, who has care, custody and control of the Park, has reviewed the design and recommended to move forward with the plan and with this open house presentation. WHEN: June 13, any time from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: Town Council Chamber
WHAT: Concept Plan (Click here to see the plans)

See Proposals for Renovation of Arsenal Park at Oct. 11 Meeting

On Oct. 11, Town officials will present some proposals for how Arsenal Park could look after being renovated. The meeting is the second public meeting on Arsenal Park, which is located behind the Arsenal Mall. At the first meeting in August residents gave input about what they like about the park, and things they would like changed. See results of the Arsenal Park survey filled out by residents by clicking here.

Second Arsenal Park Design Meeting Moved, Survey Results from First Meeting

The second meeting for the Arsenal Park Design has been moved to Wednesday, October 11 at 6:30 p.m. at the Commander’s Mansion, the Department of Community Development and Planning announced. The DCDP sent out the following announcement:

Below is a summary of the information about the upcoming meeting and links to documents from the first meeting:

Community Meeting # Two: Options for Design and Enhancements

When: Wednesday, October 11 –6:30-8:30 PM
Where:  Commander’s Mansion, 440 Talcott Avenue

See the Content for Community Meeting # One held August 15, 2017

Survey Results:  Arsenal Survey #1 Results 
Meeting Documents: Click the link to explore the presentation, breakout meeting summary, and look at the breakout sessions map exercise with comments received: Document Center Meeting Folder
With the folder, there is also a link to the online comments received prior to the meeting. Presentation: Meeting Presentation with Breakout summary report out. Project Webpage:

Residents Weigh in on Enhancements, Improvements to Arsenal Park

In preparation to renovate Arsenal Park town officials are collecting ideas from the public for enhancements and additions to the park located off Arsenal Street, behind the Arsenal Mall. 

On Tuesday night, the Community Development and Planning Department hosted a Community Meeting at the Watertown Library where residents broke into groups to brainstorm ideas. Arsenal Park, at 13.2 acres, is the second biggest park in town, after Filippello Park. It features numerous activities and features, including playing fields, tennis courts, basketball courts, a tot lot, a skate park, community garden plots, gazebos, grills, a spray deck, a bocce court and an amphitheater. Residents brought up a number of ideas for improvements including better access to the site. Arsenal Park can be hard to find, and the only auto entrance is through the Arsenal Mall parking lot.

Discussions for Renovation of Arsenal Park to Start Soon, See One Possible Addition

With all the changes coming to the Arsenal Mall, the park next door will also see some changes. Town officials will soon begin discussing how to renovate Arsenal Mall, and the changes could include the relocation of a small piece of the historic Arsenal. During a community meeting about the second phase of the Arsenal Yards project Watertown Senior Planner Gideon Schreiber said that discussions about the park will begin soon. “On June 21 there will be a meeting with an internal (town) group and abutters to discuss the process,” Schreiber said. Following that meeting, there will be public meetings to discuss changes to the park.