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Community Preservation Committee

Community Preservation Projects

Open Space and Recreation


Open Space Plan

(Town Council Order 17-024)

These appropriations were approved to provide support from an outside consultant on the update of the town’s Open Space and Recreation Plan.  The majority of the plan update will be performed in-house by Planning and Community Development department staff.


Land off Old Country Way

(Special Town Meeting 2006 Article 11C)

The Town was able to acquire 4.5+ acres of naturally vegetated land adjacent to the Cochato River with funding provided by the Conservation Commission and the appropriation of Community Preservation monies.  The three parcels off Old Country Way are identified on Assessors’ Plan 1056 as Plots 63 and 65 and on Assessors’ Plan 1057 as Plot 32 and have been added to the Town’s conservation land.  They are also subject to a Conservation Restriction held in perpetuity by The Wildlands Trust of Southeastern Massachusetts.  The parcels abut South Street Conservation Land, include floodplain of the Cochato River and will remain in their natural state.

Land Purchase – Franklin Street

(Special Town Meeting 2007 Article 12E)

Town Meeting appropriated funding for the purchase of approximately five acres of naturally vegetated land off Franklin Street identified on Assessors’ Plan 1021 as Lots 4 and 4A.  The parcels abut and include part of the marsh which feeds Sunset Lake.  The purchase was made in order to retain open space, conserve the marshland and protect the water quality of Sunset Lake.  And, the parcels are subject to a Conservation Restriction held in perpetuity by The Wildlands Trust of Southeastern Massachusetts.

Land Purchase - off Pond Street abutting Sunset Lake

(Special Town Meeting 2007 Article 12F)

After purchasing a parcel on Pond Street, the Town preserved as open space the 2/3 of an acre fronting on Sunset Lake..  This parcel is subject to a Conservation Restriction held in perpetuity by The Wildlands Trust of Southeastern Massachusetts.  

Land Purchase – 75 [rear] Plain Street

(November Special Town Meeting 2007 Article 4D)

This purchase of approximately 3 acres identified on Assessors’ Plan 1086 as Plot 29 increases the Town’s ability to protect Cedar Swamp, the unique natural resource of now more than 81 acres located behind parcels on Washington Street, Plain Street, Grove Circle and Alida Road.  Atlantic White Cedar, for which this area has been named, are generally found only along a narrow coastal band and have become increasingly rare over the last century as many were lost to development.   

Land Purchase – Norfolk County Land

(November Special Town Meeting 2007 Article 4E)

After Norfolk County closed the former Norfolk County Hospital, Chapter 209 of the Acts of 1997 authorized the County to offer for sale the 4.5 acre parcel of land bounded by Washington Street, South Street, and county property in Braintree Highlands.   The Town, having the right-of-first refusal, was able to purchase the property from Norfolk County to be used for open space/recreation or community housing. 





Pond Meadow

(Special Town Meeting 2004 Article 17F)

Town Meeting appropriated funding for the restoration and preservation of the pond at Pond Meadow Park which had become inundated with a foreign invasive plant species [variable leaf water milfoil].  The growth was so abundant that the habitat and recreational value of the pond was severely compromised; the degradation negatively impacted the quality of pond life and limited fishing and canoeing.  The funds were appropriated to initiate a pond restoration program to eliminate the invasive aquatic plant growth.  The project re-established an important recreational and environmental area of Pond Meadow Park.



Town Forest

(Town Council Order 11-029) 

Braintree Town Forest comprises 130 acres of scenic woodlands.  Funding was sought to enhance this community resource with the construction of an information kiosk at the Peach Street entrance to the Forest.  The kiosk displays a large map of the Forest and provides information about the area’s plants and wildlife and includes trail maps available for visitors.  In addition, an off-street gravel parking strip was constructed by the Department of Public Works and trail markers were affixed along the various trails.




Hollis Playground

(Annual Town Meeting 2003 Article 19-5; Special Town Meeting  2004 Article 17D)

Neighbors of the Hollis School undertook a campaign to raise funds to construct a playground at the school for the children of the community, a playground which would provide new, safe, fun, and developmentally-appropriate activities.  The location was chosen for its high visibility and attractiveness.  A community-wide fundraising effort was enhanced by an appropriation of Community Preservation funds to complete this project, which became one of the most popular community spaces.


Dyer Hill Playground

(Special Town Meeting 2007 Article 12D)

Funding for this project was appropriated to aid in the rehabilitation of the 5-acre neighborhood playground which had fallen into a state of disrepair.  Improvements were undertaken by the Department of Parks and Playgrounds and Community Preservation funding was supplemented by neighborhood fundraising.  The project resulted in a welcome improvement to the neighborhood which now boasts a safe and active community play place.


Sunset Lake Stormwater Improvements/Rain Gardens

(Town Council Order 11-029) 

This project helped to preserve Sunset Lake as a recreational and environmental asset for the Town by reducing pollution entering the lake and by improving the water quality.  Community Preservation funding was added to monies from the Town’s Conservation Fund and a 2011 Environmental Protection Agency nonpoint source pollution grant in the amount of $89,100.


Highlands Playground

(Town Council Order 11-037)

To increase outdoor recreational opportunities for Braintree’s young population and add playground facilities in an underserved section of Town funding was appropriated to use a portion of the 4.28 acres purchased from the County to construct a playground in Braintree Highlands.  The extreme popularity of the facility attests to what was a perceived community need.


Monatiquot Riverwalk

(Town Council Order 13-002)

The Monatiquot Riverwalk is a .8 mile recreational path which parallels the river for over half its length and will connect the two ends of Watson Park and Gordon Road with the riverfront.  The area is heavily used for recreational walking and activities at Watson Park and the path provides pedestrians, bicyclists and others the opportunity to enjoy Watson Park’s frontage along the Monatiquot River. 


A team from the Community Development Resource Center worked pro bono to explore an idea for the riverwalk for which the Town received a Technical Assistance Grant from the National Park Service.  Staff in the Planning and Community Development Office worked with Park Service staff to design the proposed path [including stabilization of eroded riverbank] which was constructed by the Town’s Department of Public Works.

John Adams Plaza

(Town Council Order 13-025)

This project created open space for passive recreation.  The brick plaza commemorates the story of writing of “The Braintree Instructions” by John Adam.  In the Instructions John Adams laid out a legal argument that the Stamp Act passed by the British Parliament was unconstitutional because the colonist lacked representation in parliament.  Authoring of the Instructions marks the beginning of John Adams’ political activism. The construction of the 525-square foot plaza at the southwestern point of the First Congregational Church property on Elm Street included the design and installation of a four-sided panel kiosk, planting of flower beds and installation of park benches.


Arts and Recreation Center - 1969 Washington Street

(Town Council Order 13-035)

Community Preservation funding was appropriated to renovate the former doctor’s residence at the Norfolk County Hospital to create a recreational center where classes are offered to residents of all ages.  The building was renovated under the supervision of the Department of Public Works with assistance from Blue Hills Regional Vocational School.

Hollingsworth Playground

(Town Council Order 14-059)

Funding for this project was appropriated to replace old playground equipment that had been removed due to safety concerns.  A major goal of the project was to provide accessibility for children with disabilities as a complement to the “Challenger Baseball League” program located at Hollingsworth.  Improvements were undertaken by the Department of Parks and Playgrounds and Community Preservation funding was supplemented by the “Our Common Backyards” state grant program.