Although Framingham today has many parks and recreational facilities, residents want more outdoor recreation opportunities. The municipal budget has not been able to keep up with this demand.
The distribution of outdoor recreation resources across the City is uneven, with some districts having fewer opportunities than others. Recreation areas where hiking, walking, skiing, and or bicycling are permitted are even less evenly distributed. In the City’s more urban neighborhoods, there are not enough parks with recreation amenities.
Recreation projects approved by other CPA municipalities include: pocket parks; community gardens; splash parks; basketball courts; dog parks; trail improvements; and much more.
A SAMPLE OF POTENTIAL OUTDOOR RECREATION PROJECTS
- New outdoor recreation hubs (e.g. Farm Pond recreation could be expanded to include a walking and bike trail, improvements for kayaking and canoeing, upgraded family picnicking areas, and more)
- Dog park
- Splash parks
- School and park playground upgrades citywide (e.g. Pusan Road playground)
- Beach improvements (e.g. Waushakum Pond bathhouse renovations)
- Community garden improvement and expansion
- More off-road bicycle and walking paths (e.g. extending the proposed Bruce Freeman Trail extension through Nobscot; extending the Sudbury Aqueduct Trail through South Framingham)