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CIP 56 Update: Rollins Park.

Last winter (2016/17) the infected trees at Rollins Park were taken down and removed due to disease. At the community meetings last fall and this spring the residents of the Rollins Park Neighborhood asked for the area to be returned to a forested park area as soon as possible.

In the FY18 CIP there is $160,000 allocated for work in this area. This will allow the following work to be completed: remove all stumps, grade area, install walking paths and replant trees. 

This spring, the Parks and Recreation Department along with the Planning Division held a community meeting at the Park. From this meeting a “park concept” was created that included the top four requests from the fall meeting: replant area, add walking trails, add an educational area and add picnic/gazebo areas. The Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee also approved the concept at their May meeting.

On June 29, 2017, department staff along with Planning Division staff held a community meeting at the park to review the new park concept. The residents at the meeting all agreed the concept was in line for what they wanted for the area and were extremely happy to hear the work can begin this fall.

The plan below has also been approved by City Council. We anticipate the work to begin fall of 2017 and should be completed by late spring 2018.

See attachments below:

Report to City Council - December 2016
Report to City Council - July 2017
Approved Park Design - July 2017

Fall 2017

Clean-up and improvements of Rollins Park, where the red pine trees were re-moved, is now underway. The contractor, Ray-mond Landscaping and Excavation, will be removing approximately 250 stumps; back filling and compacting the stump holes; removing the new growth of vegetation; creating a 2,000 linear foot walking trail with stone dust material; grading and removing rocks, twigs, and limbs; removing and replacing a 550 foot long paved path that connects the park to Bow Street; utilizing City material in the formation of a natural play area; and seeding the entire area. All of this work was completed by end of November.

Spring 2017

Around 50 trees and shrubs will be planted in the spring. There is opportunity for the general public to donate funds for the purchase of additional trees and shrubs – our hope is to fund raise enough money to re-plant an additional 150 trees in the spring. If interested, please contact Chris Jacques at the Parks and Recreation Department at 225-8690.

Adopt a Tree Program   Help us plant more trees - all level of donations accepted. Checks payable to City of Concord and mailed to Concord Parks and Recreation, 1 White Street, Concord, NH 03301

On Thursday, April 19, 2018, City Staff and the Recreation and Parks Advisory Committee will hold a community meeting at the Park. Please join us at 5:30 pm - meet at the Gazebo at the Park.