BETA is working with the Town of Wellesley on the restoration of historic Fuller Brook Park. It is Wellesley’s most popular and well-used public open space, serving not only the approximately 7,500 residents who live within walking distance of it, but many more who come by car and bicycle to enjoy its scenery and recreational opportunities. This linear park, whose 23 acres stretch for 2 ½ miles through the heart of town along portions of Fuller Brook and its tributary Caroline Brook, was established by the Town just before the turn of the 20th century for the dual purpose of improving the drainage of flood-prone areas and providing parkland near the center of town.
The goals of this Park Project are to preserve and enhance the naturalistic character of the Park, restore and stabilize Fuller Brook and Caroline Brook, install a more natural path while retaining most of the existing path alignment, enhance and restore views to historic bridges and other natural features, preserve/restore the existing tree community, and enhance native plant diversity and vegetation cover.
Project components include trail rehabilitation, streambank stabilization and restoration, invasive plant removal, stormwater improvements including a new wet meadow and bioretention features, wayfinding and interpretive signage, tree evaluation and protection and new plantings. BETA also designed five raised walkways to carry the path over streams, wetland and areas subject to flooding.
In addition to the preparation of construction documents BETA assisted the Town to permit this project. Regulatory agencies included the Army Corp of Engineers, the Department of Environmental Protection and the Town’s Protection Committee.
To receive community approval and funding BETA lead an extensive public outreach process. Meetings included four formal public meetings, on site meeting with stakeholders and residents, and biweekly meetings with the Town’s coordination committee for the two and half year duration of the design process. This effort culminated with a presentation to Town Meeting to approve funding for this 5.5 million dollar project.
BETA is currently assisting the Town during the construction phase of this project.