Yankee Village Property Restoration (275 Route 28)
The Yarmouth Open Space and Recreation Committee will be holding a public meeting to receive public comments and questions on the proposed restoration work.
The meeting will be held on Thursday, July 29, 2021 at 5pm in the Hearing Room at Yarmouth Town Hall, 1146 Route 28, South Yarmouth, MA.
The meeting notice will be posted on the town’s website at https://www.yarmouth.ma.us/AgendaCenter at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting.
You can also submit your comments/questions in writing to KGrant@yarmouth.ma.us . The town will solicit public comments until close of business on August 6, 2021.
Project Background - The Yankee Village Motel on Route 28, was the oldest motel in Yarmouth when it was purchased by the Town in 2019. After many years in business and many fond memories, long-time owner John Barker decided it was time to retire. Located between two existing waterfront town parks, this acquisition provided an ideal opportunity for the town to step in and purchase the property and create a unique continuous waterfront park that is highly accessible to the public and which showcases Yarmouth’s natural beauty.
The property was purchased using Community Preservation Act funds and grant funds from the state Division of Conservation Services’ Parkland Acquisitions and Renovations for Communities (PARC) Program.
Demolition of the motel removed almost an acre of concrete hardscape and buildings, and eliminated associated stormwater and septic system discharges to Mill Creek, bringing significant water quality benefits to Mill Creek. Plans are now being finalized to restore the property.
Restoration goals - The overall goal of the project is to create a single continuous park that restores the important natural ecology of the area and provides a beautiful space for residents and visitors to enjoy. A larger scale conceptual plan brings these three parcels together for this purpose, while the shorter term restoration work will focus primarily on the Yankee Village property.
Key elements of the restoration plan include:
Vista, vista, vista! – The beautiful view of Mill Creek from Route 28 is an asset to the town. The restoration work will enhance existing views by thinning existing mature vegetation and create new view corridors that balance waterfront views with vegetation that provides an important buffer from busy traffic on Route 28.