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Providing for the Needs of Tomorrow

By Wethersfield Historical Society on September 5, 2011 1:50 PM

"In the spring of 2001, the Town authorized funding for a comprehensive study and Master Plan of Mill Woods Park....with the goal of meeting the recreational needs of the Town for the next several years."
The study, performed by Kaestle Boos Associates, Inc., concluded that while "Mill Woods Park is generally in good condition, and is used extensively by a wide variety of community participants."  - the numbers of athletic fields did not meet the Town's growing needs; most of the park structures and building were not "American with Disabilities Act" compliant; inadequate parking and traffic flow problems still exist; and the apparatus in the parks playground also was not ADA compliant.  Among the plan's recommendations were: an increase in the number of soccer and little league fields; several improvements to the beach; bicycle trails, more nature trails, and a footbridge to connect the park's east and west sides at the southern end.  The plan also noted that the dam at the Upper Pond was already scheduled for replacement.
From the plan, as of this article, several projects have been completed - the Moeller Home has been converted to a Nature Center; Bocce Courts have been constructed; a Little League field has been lighted and the adjacent parking lot expanded; a water line to the upper softball fields was installed; walking trails have been improved; and new playground equipment set up.

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