Park Benches Coming to Sprague’s Cove

Residents who walk their dogs over to Sprague’s Cove will soon have a spot where they (and their dogs) are welcome to sit and enjoy the view for a while.

The Marion Conservation Commission has allowed resident Susannah Davis’ request for two benches to be placed at two locations at the Town-owned property, pending final approval by the Board of Selectmen, the overseeing authority.

“We have a group of about ten people who walk their dogs at the beach every morning,” Davis said, “and pretty soon we will not be able to use that property because the beach is blocked off from dogs.”

The next logical place for people to walk, said Davis, is over by the Sprague’s Cove retention pond.

“It’s a great space and it’s there and it’s accessible and the people who are there would be very grateful to have a little spot to land,” Davis said.

There is a picnic table there now, Davis pointed out, “And that got us through the winter, but moving forward this seems like such a win-win for everybody.”

Davis also requested that a rubbish bin be placed there as well.

A private donor has offered to provide two new benches, but if that does not work out for whatever reason, Davis said, the Recreation Department has offered two used park benches that need a bit of work.

Also during the meeting, the commission approved the Notice of Intent for the Mektukquaamsett Improvement Association and issued an Order of Conditions to repair a storm-damaged Association pier at the end of Reservation Way.

“Yeah, it’s all torn up,” said commission member Shaun Walsh. “You really roll the dice when you walk down there [on] those boards…”

The entire 60-foot length of the pier will be repaired, for now – nothing fancy – and ultimately replaced, according to Diligent Marine Services of Fairhaven.

“It’s a rickety old, very lengthy dock and pier, and it’s a safety issue at this point,” said Walsh. “Some of the boards are pretty worn out and some of them cracked. It just takes one person to step…”

The original 3-foot wide pier was built in the 1960s and would require an amendment to the Chapter 91 license in order to change the design, the commission pointed out.

In other matters, the commission gave a negative determination for the Request for Determination of Applicability for MassDOT to install a 5-foot wide sidewalk with granite curbing along Route 6 beginning at the Mill Street intersection and down west to Main Street.

The commission chose to hold off from issuing a Certificate of Compliance to Michael Zinner, 538 Point Road, for the completion of seawall repair, in order to inspect the site.

The next meeting of the Marion Conservation Commission is scheduled for April 25 at 7:00 pm at the Marion Town House.

Marion Conservation Commission

By Jean Perry


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