Conservation Commision to discuss proposed changes at Hammond Pond

On Thursday July 26, Newton’s conservation commision will consider the changes proposed at Hammond Pond by the DCR and Rudyak Foundation. The public meeting will be held at 7:30 in City Hall Room 209. The discussion will focus on the “proposal to convert existing trail to impervious surface and construct a 10,000 sq ft boardwalk in the pond” and will be a continuation of discussion from last May. View the Conservation Commission agenda here. For more information on the proposed changes, view some of our previous coverage here.

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Hammond Pond final plans presented, public comment period is now

Last Wednesday at City Hall, the DCR presented final plans for the access improvements intially proposed by the Rudyak family foundation. Presenters started with the results of the feasibility study, which included both short and long term recommendations for addressing the health of Hammond Pond.

Next, they presented the Rudyak Family foundation plans to construct  a boardwalk extending from the “salt parking lot” (behind the former Macy’s) into the wooded area and to fund some of the short term” recomendations for addressing the health of Hammond Pond, including raking of water lilies, stabilization of eroding slopes, repairing exisitng rain gardens and installing new ones.

Presently, there is no funding available or on the horizon for “long term” recommendations for Hammond Pond (including annual hydro-raking of the waterlilies, increasing surface flow into the pond, constructino of a settling basin or Rt. 9 run off) but the Rudyak family annnounced plans to contribute $10,000 per year to upkeep of the proposed access imporvements.

The DCR will be accepting public comments on the project until April 24. Comments can be submitted by email to dcr.updates@state.ma.us ,by phone (617-626-4974), or mailed to:

Department of Conservation and Recreation
Office of Public Outreach
251 Causeway St., Suite 600
Boston, MA 02114

Full text of the Feasibility Study on Hammond Pond, Hammond Pond Characterization and Imporvement Recommendations, is available on the DCR website here. Newton Patch coverage of the meeting is avilable here.We will bring you a link to Wedensday’s presentation when it becomes available.

Public comment period for proposed changes at Hammond Pond

On October 24, the DCR held a public meeting concerning proposed changes at Hammond Pond. Slides from the presentation are available for viewing here, on the DCR website. The presentation includes plans for improving the existing walkways, recommendations for restoring the water quality of Hammond Pond, and construction details for the proposed floating walkways. The slides indicate that  the next meeting will be held when final design and construction documents are delivered, which should happen in late winter, 2012.

The DCR is looking for public comments on the proposal, until Monday November 7. Comments can be emailed to dcr.updates@state.ma.us or sent via U.S. mail to Office of Public Outreach, Department of Conservation and Recreation, 251 Causeway St., Suite 600, Boston, MA 02114

View the official letter from DCR commissioner Ed Lambert regarding the proposed enhancements at Hammond Pond: Hammond_Pond_public_meeting_followup_communication final_10_26_111.

For more information on the October 24 meeting, view coverage in the Newton Patch.