Project: Charles River Park Improvements

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 webpage provides background materials and updates on the riverfront park improvement project. If you are looking for information about the dam removal project, click here.

Map of Charles River Parks

Project Timeline

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. 

CR Park Project Timeline

Project Updates

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. 

Review Recent Updates

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Upcoming Public Meetings

Date / Time / Location Topic / Purpose Link to Register
February 27, 2024 | 6:30 - 8:00 PM
Memorial Elementary School
In-Person Only
Riverfront Park Improvements
- Dive deeper on potential features based on prior feedback
- Seek community feedback to inform park concepts


Registration link

Registration not required to attend event, but recommended
March 5, 2024 | 6:30 - 8:00 PM
Online Only

(Same content as meeting on February 27)
Riverfront Park Improvements
- Dive deeper on potential features based on prior feedback
- Seek community feedback to inform park concepts


Registration link

Registration required to attend event
Date and Time TBA

Dam Removal & River Restoration
- MEPA Public Meeting

Link will be available 
once MEPA submission is filed.

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!

The meeting recording can be viewed through Natick Pegasus.

Please use this survey to provide additional feedback on the concepts presented by our Weston & Sampson partners at the 1/16/24 meeting.