Want to help take care of Fuller Brook Park? The Natural Resources Commission is developing a Fuller Brook Park stewardship program to help maintain this 23-acre crown jewel in Wellesley’s park system. The NRC will hold two workshops in July to train volunteers to recognize and remove invasive plants along the path and stream banks. Space is limited; sign up in advance to attend one of these sessions:
- Monday, July 23 at 2 pm
- Tuesday, July 24 at 9 am
Workshops will be held in Fuller Brook Park; meet at Cameron Street.
An Olmsted was here
Back in July 2014, the town broke ground on restoration of the 100-plus-year-old Fuller Brook Park project. The park was established in 1899 and designed by John Charles Olmsted (nephew of Frederick Law Olmsted and a noted landscape designer in his own right) and others. A large portion of the park is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The park runs roughly parallel to Washington Street along Fuller Brook and the Caroline Brook.
So many tasks
In late 2017, work was completed on the previously eroding 2.5-mile route. Here are just a few things the town and outside contractor R. Bates & Sons, Inc. did:
-upgraded drain pipes and repaired 5 bridges and culverts
The best-laid plans…
What fun would this have been without a late afternoon macroburst on July 18, 2016 (pictures of the damage here) just to keep things interesting? The wild wind storm tore through parts of Wellesley, including the section of Fuller Brook Park between Grove Street and Dover Road. In Fuller Park several large old maples, oaks, and pines suffered significant damage. Luckily no one was hurt. The DPW Park Department had to first remove hazards blocking the park path, then remove trees impacting the construction contractor’s access to the project, and then remove downed trees from Fuller Brook itself.
It didn’t come free
The total project cost was a little over $600,000; the United States Environmental Protection Agency covered 60%, and the Town of Wellesley covered 40%.