Statement from Senator Brownsberger and Representative Moran

We write to confirm statements we have both made over the past few days.

Thank you to all who have given us feedback about our proposal for the property on Birmingham Parkway.

Based on that feedback, we are committing to the permanent preservation of the Birmingham-Salvucci park as a park. We will develop legislation to facilitate community leadership in improvement of that park. We will share drafts of that legislation with the community before moving forward on it

We will also develop new approaches to our long term goals for improving public infrastructure in the area. We will keep the community closely informed as we develop thoughts on that front as well.

Will Brownsberger and Mike Moran

Below, please find potentials ideas that were suggested during the 9/9 and 9/11 meetings about ways to improve the park space:

Park Ideas

  • Increase the number of bocce courts
  • Add corn hole boards
  • New pool for neighborhood
  • Dog park
  • Playground/recreational facility for children
  • Not including basketball courts, soccer fields, or other sports-oriented facilities
  • Park benches
  • Fountains
  • Community Gardens
  • Garden mirroring Rose Kennedy Greenway
  • Wild flower meadow
  • Planting more trees but leaving land un-manicured for wildlife to reside
  • Bird watching area
    • Engaging kids through phone app to identify different types of birds and bees
  • Installing lights in park to make the space accessible after dark
Road Ideas
  • Make road feel like boulevard
    • Antique-looking lights along road
    • Benches along road
    • Trees along road
  • Keep road 4 lanes to mitigate increased traffic in Brighton/Allston
  • Decrease number of lanes on road
    • Convert one lane into bike lane
  • Take away/decrease size of median to add to green space in park
  • Improved signage for Salvucci bocce courts
  • Improved signage for Birmingham Parkway
Partnerships/Funding Opportunities
  • Partnering with Brighton Garden & Horticultural Society and/or Brighton Historical Society to develop park
  • Creating Trust or ”Friends of…” organization to oversee restoration and funding of park
  • Applying for Community Preservation grant