Open Space and Recreation Plan Hearings – Round 2

As you may recall, in November and December, the City DPW&P held the first round of open space and recreation plan hearings.

The City contractors and staff synthesize public comments from these meetings into a 7 year open space plan to guide projects, grants, groups and planning.

Here’s what the current open space plan looks like.  Here are the comments I heard at the D4 and D5 meetings last month.

There will be another round of hearings to get further comments and hone the plan.

Note that you are most welcome to attend any meeting, and you are encouraged to comment.  While there’s a meeting held in each district of the city, anyone can attend any meeting and comment about any part of the city.

Whether you visit, work, or live in Worcester — please come and give input on what you want to see for parks, recreation, open space, trails, trees, gardens, sidewalks, cemeteries… You name it!

We need you to come, bring a friend or two, and give your input!!

Here’s when the meetings will be held:

Tuesday, January 15, 4:15pm until 5:45pm, City Hall, 3rd Floor, Levi Lincoln Chamber, with the Commission on Disability

Thursday, January 17, 6:00 PM at Meeting Room A, Parks & Recreation Commission Administrative Office, 50 Skyline Drive, with sports leagues and organizations

Thursday, January 24, 6:30 PM at Clark University, Grace Conference Room, 1st Floor, 950 Main Street (District 4)

Monday, January 28, 6:30 PM at Beaver Brook Park Community House, 9 Mann Street (District 5)

Thursday, January 31, 6:30 PM at Meeting Room A, Parks & Recreation Commission Administrative Office, 50 Skyline Drive (District 2)

Monday, February 4, 6:30 PM at Bancroft School Multi-Purpose Room, 110 Shore Drive (District 1)

Monday, February 11, 6:30 PM at Mass Audubon Broad Meadow Brook Program Room, 414 Massasoit Road (District 3)

I will try to attend the meetings that happen on Mondays.  If someone else is attending another meeting, and wants to take notes to be posted on the blog, let me know!

Burns Bridge Project – Lake Quinsig Winter Safety Advisory

via MassDOT — please share with those you think might need this information:


The construction operations at the Route 9 Bridge over Lake Quinsigamond are scheduled to continue throughout the upcoming winter months. The winter construction will result in changes from normal winter conditions on the lake, and the public should be aware of these conditions. The majority of the bridge work will be performed from the lake using heavy equipment on barges. A secondary off-site ‘staging area’ has been established approximately 1000 yards south of the bridge from which workers, equipment and materials will be transported back and forth to the bridge site on a daily basis.

In anticipation of a typical winter with a frozen lake surface, the project team will be maintaining an OPEN WATER NAVIGATION PASSAGE between the two sites. This area must be avoided by all snowmobilers, Xcountry skiers, skaters, ice fishermen, or anyone else on the ice.

For public safety: warning signs, floats and lights will be anchored to the lake bottom to mark the boundaries of the open water. An aerial view of the open water zone and warning system is located on the DOT website. Please take note of the following:

  • The limits of this area extend from Route 9 approximately 1000 yards south. As a point of reference this is between the Shrewsbury Police boat house and the Italian-American Civic Club in Worcester.
  • A minimum 100-foot wide channel will be maintained through the ice for the full length.
  • Anchored at the north and south ends of this zone will be flashing message boards and reflective signs on steel floats. The message will read “DANGER – OPEN WATER”
  • Along either side of the channel, floating drums with lights and reflectors will alternate with additional signs on floats.
  • The elements of this marking system will be installed so that they remain in place though frozen or thawed lake conditions. The markers will be removed at spring thaw.