Where are they now? Birchwood checks in on two recently completed projects

Posted by on Oct 23, 2015

6Ballardvale Park, completed 6 months ago. Located in the Historic Ballardvale District in Andover MA, this local park was in great need of a rehab. Championed by Andover facilities and neighborhood groups, Birchwood Design Group created a new plan for the rundown park4

The new design maintained the existing Little League Fields and basketball court and created serpentine walking paths that meander through the site and surround the new tot lot and play area. Adjacent to the existing train tracks, the tot lot includes a train inspired climbing structure as well as swings and a sandbox. The piece de resistance is a monstrous climbing rock connected by a “Burmese Net”

3Around 12:00 on Thursday the park was in full swing. Pizza had just been delivered and was being shared underneath the new shade structure. The paths originally designed as passive walking areas for parents, turned out to be perfect race tracks for tike sizes cars. If there was any concern initially of these rocks being too high, these two were kids were rising to the occasion…proving the point that no mountain is too high… especially when you are 8.

Bartlett Pond Park completed 1 year ago. Created when the Bartlett pond dam was removed in 2014, Birchwood Design Group worked to conceptualize a new park and trail system at the site of the old dam that would accentuate the beauty of the restored wetland and celebrate its rich history.

7Working closely with the Lancaster Historic and Conservation Commission, Birchwood developed a plan that would do both. The original turbine was restored and re-inserted into the landscape alongside a new trail system, shaded overlook, picnic tables and benches. New educational signs were also added. In the summer of 2014 The Bartlett Pond Dam removal marked the completion of the first project awarded funding under the EEA Dam and Seawall repair and rehabilitation fund.5

Just over a year later we would love to take credit for the crowd of people enjoying the picnic tables and benches but something tells me Murph’s hot dog truck, a constant fixture at the park, might have something to do with it. Either way we are happy to see the park is being enjoyed. Lunch with a view… what’s better than that?