The 22-acre site of the former West Yarmouth Drive-In Theater had been vacant for over 30 years since the business closed and was purchased by the Town of Yarmouth for recreational purposes. The parcel is accessed by Route 28 and adjoins the scenic natural resources of the Parkers River and Saltmarsh.
Yarmouth’s project goals are to establish three distinct parcels: the first for a Wastewater Pump Station; the second for a Riverwalk Park and Boardwalk that gives public access to the water, draws in residents and visitors, and activates Route 28 for the final parcel; and a third and final parcel for a possible mixed-use development.
BETA developed the Feasibility Study options and Concept Plans for the Riverwalk Park and Boardwalk that is comprised of bicycle and walking paths, parking with green infrastructure, space for food trucks, artists’ shanties, shade structures, a kayak launch with on-site rentals, native landscape restoration, a butterfly garden, educational opportunities, and a boardwalk with scenic overlooks that could continue from the park through the saltmarsh to neighboring Seagull Beach.
As a result of the study, the Town currently uses the second parcel for events and festivals to help fund long-term goals and revitalize the area.