Ambitious Fernald Rec Plan Revealed

by Chris Wangler
August 2, 2022
A jaw-dropping recreation plan for the northern portion of the Fernald property was released by mayor Jeannette McCarthy last week.
The site plan shows an impressive range of recreation features, including:
• Driving range and disc golf course
• “Meditative labyrinth memorial and walks, braille walk, honoring past [Fernald] residents”
• Sledding hill and ice-skating track
• “Accessible electric train” 
 • Extensive open space, including walking and biking trails
• Amphitheater
• Pickleball courts and other athletic fields and courts
Special care has been taken to make facilities accessible to all, including the disabled, visually impaired and others.
The Fernald design has already been approved by the Waltham Recreation Board and will now be prepared for bid. Once bids are submitted, the projected cost will become evident.
The City of Waltham acquired the sprawling Fernald property from the state in 2014 for $3.7 million.
After years of delays and false starts, plans for the northern part of Fernald have accelerated over the last year, especially after Parcels 1 and 2A-1 were transferred to the Waltham Recreation Department.
Roughy 25 buildings have been torn down by the city, including the badly vandalized Shriver Center along Trapelo Road.
Recreation officials have worked with the mayor and community stakeholders in recent years to redesign almost all of Waltham’s playgrounds and parks.
Plan courtesy of City of Waltham / Recreation Department