Whittemore Park Planning Project

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 Click here to view the June 20th presentation and recomendations

Whittemore Park is the small green space at the corner of Massachusetts Avenue and Mystic Street in front of the Jefferson Cutter House (home of the Dallin Museum) in Arlington Center.  

The Whittemore Park Planning Project builds on momentum generated by past projects aimed at transforming the park into a focal point for recreation and civic functions, as well as a place to appreciate Arlington’s cultural heritage. The planning process which will conclude in August 2018, will generate a recommended design that will lead to physical improvements in the park.

This project is being guided by the Department with input from a working group composed of representatives from the Historical Commission, Historic Districts Commission, Dallin Museum, Chamber of Commerce, Cutter Gallery, and property and business owners in Arlington Center and professional landscape architecture services by Crowley Cottrell, LLC.

Crowley Cottrell, LLC was hired by the Town in February to develop recommendations and design plans for the park. The firm is a Boston-based, certified women-owned business enterprise, with professional landscape architecture licenses in MA, NY, and VT. They are also LEED AP. The firm’s practitioners bring decades of design and construction experience to Arlington. Their project experience is broad, including parks, campuses, historic properties, and residences.

The Whittemore Park Planning Project is supported by Community Preservation Act (CPA) funds. 

Project Input
Following public input throughout the Spring of 2018, the final public forum was held on June 20th which culminated into a presentation describing two options for the park plan. The presentation also outlines the design goals for the park plan, the project timeline, and the planned and possible tree removal and replacement in the park.

The public process began with a Community Open House on April 9th. At this meeting, we learned about the park's history, the park's assets and challenges, and gained feedback about the types of amenities people are seeking in the park. A tree inventory was also shared.

At a community meeting on May 17th, Crowley Cottrell presented three design options informed by information gathered at the Community Open House and the online survey results (View the final comprehensive results.).

A "Design Day" was held on June 13th in Whittemore Park. Crowley Cottrell presented a design plan for the park. Three stations were set up to allow people to see and respond to the proposed designs. Construction flags and paint marked places in the park where new pathways, benches, and other amenities would be installed.

For more information about this project, please contact Jennifer Raitt, Director of Planning and Community Development at (781) 316-3092 or jraitt@town.arlington.ma.us.

Whittemore Park Project Estimated Timeline

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