Supervisor Jack Cunningham said during the meeting that the U.S. Department of Interior informed the town that a plan needed to be put in place in order to make the property accessible to the public.
"Based on our site analysis plan, we brought up five or six concepts for review by the town staff and after meeting with them, we narrowed it down to two concepts to present at the public meeting on Dec. 9 ," Simmons said.
The public reviewed the two concepts before a final plan was drawn up.
"The first concept proposed a parking lot out on River Road and the development of a loop trail system kind of circling on itself, and then phase two would be clearing out the perimeter of Frothingham Lake," said Simmons. "It's very filled with weeds right now, and at that point in time the intent was to have non-motorized boats, canoes and kayaks and things of that nature."
After the first phase, the second step would be to build a small access area to the lake from Simmons Road in order to be able to drive non-motorized boats to the lake by motor vehicle, according to the plans.
Phase three would be to continue expanding the trail network. Phase four would include building trails down to the river, and the final phase would create final connections to all of the trails and access points.
"Concept number two incorporated using Simmons Road for access to the park to reduce the overall project costs at the kickoff phase," said Simmons. "We had thought if we used Simmons Road and had a small parking area here, and then provided a loop system as phase one, it would cut down on the cost with the idea that in phase two we put the parking on River Road and then build a trial to connect the two trails together."