The Planning & Community Development Department and Public Works Department have been working to address the erosion and flooding at Watson Park.
The eroding bank at the end of the seawall threatens the future use of the park as the land is undermined. Current regulations prevent any additional armoring of the bank with rip rap or seawalls.
Watson Park park flooded twice in 2018. The impacts of climate change, including sea level rise and the increased frequency of severe storms are expected to contribute to more regular flooding of the park in the coming decades. A long-term solution is needed.
The Planning & Community Development Department has received funding from MA Coastal Zone Management (CZM) to develop a plan to address the problems. The plan developed by our engineering consultants, Woods Hole Group, includes restoring the eroding bank, restoring salt marsh between the river and the bank, and lastly, potentially constructing an elevated earthern berm to protect the park from future flooding for the next few decades. The existing stone dust walking path would be relocated to top of the earthern berm.