The Town of Natick is in the early stages of redesigning and revitalizing South Natick’s historic riverfront park network, including South Natick Dam Park, Grove Park, South Natick Multipurpose Courts and the Hunnewell Fields.
This project is managed by the Recreation and Parks Department, with support from the Conservation and Sustainability Offices, and is being coordinated with the removal of the Charles River Dam.
This project is expected to take multiple years and will require review and permits from a variety of state and federal organizations. Natick is currently in Phase 1: Design & Permitting.
In 2023, Natick received a Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) Action Grant to develop permit level design plans for these parks. The Town hired Weston & Sampson to complete this phase, which is expected to take two years.
Project updates are provided to the Select Board every few months, as part of the Board's regularly scheduled meetings. The public is welcome to attend, ask questions about the project, and comment.
Materials from Select Board updates that occurred in the last 12 months are provided below. Updates dating further back are available at the bottom of this page.
Public Workshop #1 - January 16th, 2024 - Meeting Materials
Thanks to all those who attended on January 16th to kick off the engagement around the Charles River Park Improvement project. The presentation for the meeting can be viewed at the link below, and a coloring activity for younger residents is also available!