Around 15 residents attended a public hearing for the proposed improvements to the park on Monday at Sacred Heart Church. It was facilitated by the Parks Commission and Ward 3 Councilor Kevin Sherman after a request from residents.
The free event will take place on Saturday, Sept. 18, at the park from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There is open admission for the car show with a suggested donation and trophies will be given out for "Best of Show" and "Attendee Pick."
The proposed park will abut the Ashuwilticook Rail Trail and will have as one of its central features the Coal and Grain Elevator building. The historic building was used to store coal and grain, but now sits as a relic off Columbia Street.
Berkshire Design Group out of Northampton has been hired by the city and is currently helping to develop a series of questions for a public input survey that is expected to be deployed in the next couple of weeks.
Actions include installing new signage and increased awareness of park rules, cleaning abandoned sites and monitoring for new ones, leaving "friendly written reminders" of the overnight camping rules at sites, and circulating community reminders on the best ways to direct goodwill to those in need.
Members of the Community Development Department gave a presentation to the Selectmen at its Wednesday workshop and informed the board that now that the park designs are complete, the town can apply for funds to begin park.