July 24, 2008

Design Under Way to Revamp Camp Site

By Chris Camire, The Sun, Lowell, Mass.

Jul. 24--TYNGSBORO -- Residents may be able to enjoy the land formerly known as the Tyngsboro Campground by summer's end if a new plan to revamp the Frost Road parcel moves forward.

Drawn up by Southboro design firm Beals and Thomas, the plan calls for picnic tables and a volleyball pit to be installed on the riverside property.

The initial improvements are expected to cost $15,000, according to Beals and Thomas engineer Dan Feeney.

A master plan, which will focus on completing the project, is expected to be finished in December.

"This is a very important project for the entire community," said Selectman Richard Lemoine.

Lemoine said that if the land is opened to the public this summer, it will be considered a "pilot program." Rules for swimming, fishing and boating have yet to be determined.

Selectmen have set their sights on turning the former eyesore into a public park. It is expected to be a place where residents will launch boats and perhaps participate in water sports.

In 2006, voters approved purchasing the parcel for $515,000, using Community Preservation Act funds.

Voters also approved spending $85,000 in CPA funds to clean up the town-owned 6.7 acres. With 400 feet of water frontage, it's the only town-owned land with access to the Merrimack River.

Last year, a bus, campers and other vehicles were removed from the property. Septic tanks were pumped out and filled in with dirt, and hydroseed was put down.


Tyngsboro Campgrounds originally was a seasonal facility for vacationing families.

Tocci Frost Road Realty Trust purchased it from former Selectman Richard Fay and turned it into a year-round camp. It became a home mostly for a group of men struggling to get by.


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