Soon, the parking lots behind Old Town Hall and next to Park Street and Bartlet Street will be reconfigured to better incorporate pedestrians, vehicles and all movement and circulation downtown. It will incorporate many green infrastructure and environmentally sustainable elements such as rain gardens and electric vehicle charging stations.
The lots behind Old Town Hall were constructed in 1986 and have been in need of updates to improve stormwater management, traffic and circulation, and the overall pedestrian experience.
The improvement plans boast wider sidewalks which will enhance pedestrian safety, larger tree planting areas for healthier growth, and additional crosswalks and gathering spaces to enhance connectivity between the parking lots and downtown. The plans also include electric vehicle (EV) charging stations, areas for bike parking, and accessible van parking.