ESLC updates county on Cannery Park job

Dorchester Banner/Dave Ryan Katie Parks-White of the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy presented an update on the Cannery Park project to the County Council on May 15. The approximately 9-acre park will be located alongside the old Phillips Packing Company in Cambridge.

Dorchester Banner/Dave Ryan
Katie Parks-White of the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy presented an update on the Cannery Park project to the County Council on May 15. The approximately 9-acre park will be located alongside the old Phillips Packing Company in Cambridge.

CAMBRIDGE – After seven years of planning and fundraising, the Cannery Park project is underway, members of the Dorchester County Council learned during a presentation on May 15.
Eastern Shore Land Conservancy Director of Conservation Katie Parks-White told the commissioners that the multi-purpose plan is taking shape in the center of town, with some of the work visible along Cedar Street.
The Eastern Shore Land Conservancy is in charge of the project, which will rejuvenate a little-used, 9-acre parcel alongside the old Phillips Packing Company. The plan incorporates concepts gathered from public meetings.
“Our intention was to create a community meeting place,” Ms. Parks-White said, adding that the project is meant to be authentic to the city and its character. “We really wanted to tell the story.”
A number of features will be included in the park. Possibilities include a skate plaza and playground. A bike trail is planned, as is an area providing a quiet vista of the creek.
“The restoration of Cambridge Creek, along with the removal of an inactive railroad line so as to create a rail trail connecting the park to downtown, will be among the first action items in the creation of the new park,” a statement on the ESLC’s website says.
“It could start being a community asset now, though it will take a few years to build out to this concept.” Ms. Parks-White said.
There’s plenty to work with. “Everyone was shocked at how much space is back there,” she said.
The Cambridge City Council unanimously approved the plan during a meeting May 14.
To learn more about the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy, visit www.eslc.org.

Dave Ryan is editor of the Dorchester Banner. He can be reached at dryan@newszap.com.

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