Discussion of removal of lower dam of Cold Spring Brook

WESTON, Vt. – On Tuesday, Feb. 12, there will be a public informational meeting at the Weston Playhouse at 5 p.m. to discuss the removal of the dam and restoring the stream in Cold Spring Brook.

In 1946, Lewis Parkhurst deeded this land to Weston Community Association to benefit the public. Maintained since 1950 by the WCA as the Cold Spring Brook Memorial Park as a memorial to Weston residents who served in both World Wars and has been enjoyed by residents and visitors – as well as their pets – for fishing, picnics, quiet contemplation, and even weddings.

In 2011, tropical storm Irene jeopardized that enjoyment and created a safety hazard by breaching the lower dam and altering the stream flow.

Two years ago, the Cold Spring Brook Memorial Park Task Force was formed to explore possible solutions to deal with the breached dam and altered stream course. The Task Force consisting of members from the Weston Conservation Commission, Weston Community Association, and landscape professional, has been working with Dubois and King Engineers and representatives from state and federal agencies to design a workable solution that will again afford the public a safe and accessible community space for recreation and scenic enjoyment. That solution is now at hand and ready for implementation.

At Town Meeting March 5, Weston voters will be asked to consider an appropriation toward this project. Please join us Feb. 12 at 5 p.m. at the Weston Playhouse for more information. Refreshments will be available.

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