Berczy construction on schedule

20 Nov

IMG_6609Mild fall weather has helped construction proceed on schedule according to Somerville Construction, the firm contracted to oversee the Berczy Park revitalization.

A project liaison reported that work has gone well over the first two months, aided by good conditions, and most in-park demolition and excavation is now completed.

Soon, crews will begin installing the utility conduits to serve new park features, like lighting and fountain mechanisms, as well as the ‘silva cells’ for new tree plantings (technology-aided tree pits that provide ample room for tree roots and water collection).

IMG_6614Planning will also begin for the installation of the new park features in the spring, including the granite terrace, seating and art elements. See our Sept 10th blog update below for full park description.

Contractors report that no archeological finds have occurred on the historic site, thus avoiding digging delays, and crews plan to work right up until Christmas. They are hopeful that work can continue onsite in January and February depending on the weather. This bodes well for park re-opening by mid-summer 2016.

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5 Responses to “Berczy construction on schedule”

  1. Ruth Armour November 24, 2015 at 12:10 pm #

    Why are they taking the big trees down on the southwest corner of the park. They were supposed to keep these big trees?!!! November 24, 2015

    • Friends of Berczy Park Working Group November 24, 2015 at 2:37 pm #

      Hi Ruth, which trees do you mean? I think they have preserved the four large oaks along Scott St. as planned. The other smaller trees in the s.w. quadrant were destined for removal. It is possible that 1-2 larger trees would be removed if they were determined to be less healthy than estimated but I’m not sure exactly which ones you mean. Write us at berczypark@gmail.com if you’d like to elaborate and we can investigate. Thanks!

      • Ruth Armour November 24, 2015 at 2:51 pm #

        Thank you for responding.

        There were actually about 6 or 7 trees along Scott Street. 2 or 3 were cut down today. I apologize, I didn’t realize that there were plans to leave only four. I am rather attached to these large trees because I overlook the park and have lived here for 30 years. I have watched all these trees grow to maturity…. it takes so long. I just became worried when I saw removal of some of them today, that this was the beginning of the removal of the remaining ones standing.

        I have watched the work going on in the park with great interest, fascination, pleasure and in anticipation of its revival.

        I will stop panicking.Thank you again.

        Ruth

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  2. Friends of Berczy Park Working Group November 24, 2015 at 3:04 pm #

    No problem Ruth, I have contacted the contractor to confirm the rationale for the cutting of those two trees and hopefully they will advise that no more cutting is planned. Will keep you posted.

  3. Friends of Berczy Park Working Group November 27, 2015 at 10:07 am #

    Hi Ruth the park project team confirmed that those trees cut on Tuesday were removed because of poor health. The designers had hoped to save them/adapt the plans to accommodate them, in order to maintain as much of the original canopy as possible, however the trees’ latest condition revealed that removal was the best option. Thanks for keeping an eye on park progress and do write us whenever you see something you question.

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