Neighbors voice wish list for Dewey Park

GREAT BARRINGTON — The town’s parks commissioners are looking to make a long-term plan for the park next to Southern Berkshire District Courthouse and after receiving comments from neighbors the recurring items on the early stages’ wish lists included benches, fences, a backstop for softball, a grill, some open space and perhaps some pollinator gardens for bees.

About ten residents of the area surrounding Dewey Park shared their hopes with the commissioners at their Tuesday night meeting. Several of the neighbors highlighted that the area immediately around the park has all ages of people, and their youngest representative emphasized this.

“I think there should be a playground in one little area and another part where you could do frisbee,” said Finn Devoti, a six-year old resident of the neighborhood.

Several of the parks commissioners agreed that some wide open green space would be good for the area, hopefully less expensive than most of the equipment. Finn’s mother Emily DeVoti added that it would give kids “a place to stretch their legs.”

Rob Slonaker, a grownup resident, said that, especially given the proximity of affordable housing Forest Springs Apartment, children and young teenagers have been making more and more use of the park’s swing sets and riding their bikes around it.

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