Bliss and Laurel Parks Master Landscape Plan

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THURSDAY, MAY 7, 2020 @ 7PM

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ONLINE SURVEY

Complete an online survey about your use of Bliss and Laurel Parks and what you would like to see in the Master Plan. Link will be posted as soon as it is available.

The Longmeadow Open Space and Recreation Plan currently has an open survey, visit here to take the online survey.

Welcome to Bliss and Laurel Parks  

On any given day these 81 acres of Bliss and Laurel Parks provide Longmeadow residents with a place for respite and a place for recreation. During this time of social distancing these open spaces have become even more important to our mental and physical well-being. Join in the plan to restore these park spaces.

A Plan for the Parks

This spring a plan for the parks will get underway. Your participation is critical. The Conway School of Landscape Design graduate students and faculty will develop a master plan for Bliss and Laurel parks. This sustainable master plan involves you! Join the conversation, attend the virtual park planning charrette, provide feedback to key park design ideas and be a part of this park plan.

A Restoration Roadmap

The Sustainable Master Landscape Plan for Bliss and Laurel Parks provides a comprehensive roadmap for park improvements over the next several years. These important recommendations can be implemented through state, federal and CPA grant funding. This project was approved by town vote in 2019 and is supported by Town Administrators and Committees. 

A Story of Stewardship

  • 1895 - initial 9.8 acre parcel is transferred to the Town for public water supply
  • 1934 - the 80 acre watershed district becomes parkland by state legislative resolve and Town Meeting vote.
  • 1934 - Laurel Street extension divides the watershed into Bliss and Laurel Parks
  • 1934 - 1935 - Olmsted Brothers commissioned to design a plan for the parklands ~ Works Progress Administration (WPA) workers commence execution of the design in Laurel Park
  • 2016 - Town attempts to site Adult Center in Bliss Park ~ project defeated by “friend” group effort to preserve the intended parkland use of these lands
  • 2017 - Town of Longmeadow vote confirms Bliss and Laurel Parks legal protection under Article 97 of the MA Constitution
  • 2017, 2018 - CPA grants provide park beautification, improved entry from Bliss Road, protective fencing, benches, picnic tables and tree planting
  • 2019 (March) - all deeds, with the exception of the 1895 parcel, still following, are properly documented, parks are legally protected in perpetuity under Article 97
  • 2019 - CPA grant approved for Master Landscape Plan Development
  • 2020 - YOU! Become part of this parkland habitat restoration!

Other Conway School projects

A New Vision for Delta Park

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This urban oasis surrounded by various types of development, compromised water sources and directly abuts the Connecticut River. The plan created an attractive, safe, and navigable system for pedestrian, bike, and vehicular traffic, as well as addressing green infrastructure and stormwater management.

Vision Carpenter Street Field Landscape Master Plan

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This landscape master plan offers design alternatives that address increased recreational use, drainage issues, and safe and accessible connections to downtown and nearby trails. The plan recommends brook and bank remediation to improve habitat and provide floodwater storage, and increased public stewardship.

Learn more

Conway School of Landscape Design https://csld.edu/