EASTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – Construction began in Easthampton Thursday, on a project to turn the landmark Nashawannuck Pond into a family destination. The project to beautify the already picturesque pond in the center of town has been talked about for decades.
The town secured the proper dam permitting to move forward, so the sidewalks on Cottage Street near the pond were shut down Thursday. When work is done on the more than $840,000 project, Nashawannuck Pond will be surrounded by a promenade boardwalk, to attract families from all over.
The pond is bordered by Nonotuck Park, and serves as the gateway to the city’s Cottage Street Cultural District. Mayor Karen Cadieux told 22News about some of the activities that will be possible.
“Just completely enjoy it. There’s going to be boat launching, people can walk on the boardwalk or sit on it. It’s under the authority of our Park and Recreation Department and the commission, and they are hoping to possibly put in paddle boats; that type of thing,” Cadieux said.
The mayor added that the construction project needs to be completed by the end of May.
About half a million dollars of the project’s total cost was secured through grant money.