Sound off on Draw 7 Park redesign

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Groundwork Somerville announced that it will host a meeting regarding the complete redesign of Draw 7 Park in Assembly Square by The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation from 6-8 p.m. on March 26.

And they want you to speak your mind about the project.

In order to create a report to the state, Groundwork Somerville and regional partners will host the Public Meeting on that Tuesday, from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 26 at Cross Street Senior-Community Center (165 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02145) to hear the community’s voice.

This will be the third meeting held by Groundwork Somerville regarding the Draw 7 Park. Previous meetings on October 27 and March 6.

Here’s the lowdown from the press release:

“Though located in Somerville, this state park that is abutting a growing network of bike and pedestrian trails, a future Orange Line MBTA Station, and the largest mixed-use redevelopment in the area, is more than ever turning into an ideal regional resource. Historically an under resourced, underutilized, and inconvenient park, Draw 7 Regional Park will soon be an attractive hub for all types of active and passive recreational uses. The public’s opinions are essential as Groundwork Somerville prepares a full report of specific recommendations to the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation in 2013. All are welcome and encouraged to attend this informational and interactive meeting. Dinner will be served.”

Draw 7 Park has a large and rich history that might is hidden under today’s looks. For one, the mall currently at the park was originally the Ford Plant. The same site would also be the home to a supermarket distribution center before becoming the mall it is today.

The point of the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation’s project is to make the park more public-friendly. According to University of Massachusetts – Boston, the plan is to create a “recreational site, which will be environmental friendly, accessible, and safe.” Draw 7 Park is to be transformed into a waterfront park with more trees, play fields, benches and even places to fish.

The website also mentions that, currently, there are no features to attract people to the waterfront. Of course, the project hopes to change that.

There are still several issues to be tackled though, from noise pollution, little visibility and even difficult accessibility.