Study to determine how to best preserve historic Oliver Mill Park in Middleboro

By Jane Lopes/Contributing Writer | South Coast Today

MIDDLEBORO – Oliver Mill Park, the site of Judge Peter Oliver’s colonial iron works as well as 19th-century industrial operations, will be the subject of a study to be undertaken this winter. The study will help the town determine how best to preserve the historic aspects of the park as well as to make improvements that will benefit visitors.

The selectmen will act on a proposal from the engineering firm of Fuss and O’Neill of Providence, R.I. at their regular meeting next Monday night. The proposal was one of three submitted for the project, which will be funded with Community Preservation Act (CPA) money.

The engineering firm has been involved with similar projects at the War Memorial Park in West Bridgewater, the D.W. Field Park in Brockton and other historic sites around New England and in Williamsburg, Va.

“As green spaces in a web of concrete and pavement, parks are a refuge to return to nature, connect with friends and loved ones, and establish memories that stand with the echoes of time past,” Vice President Philip Moreschi and associate Nils Wiberg wrote in their submission for the project. “Oliver Mill Park connects our shared heritage to our modern lives.”

The firm will conduct site inspections and develop wall and bridge assessments, and will develop reports that will provide recommendations for work to be done at the park as well as cost estimates.

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