By Jacquelyn Burmeister
On Wednesday, May 14th at 7:00pm, students from the Conway School of Design and Grafton Town Officials will meet at the Community Center at 25 Main Street South to help develop a master plan for interpretive sites on the Fisherville Mill site and Mill Villages Park that will tell the natural, historical, and social history of the site and South Grafton. This meeting will be open to the public and is a part of the larger project funded by The Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor called “Creating a Teaching Landscape”.
“We hope to expand the unique vision embodied in the Living System Laboratory and the Fisherville Mill Redevelopment Project, be a part of shaping a vision that will have enormous impact on the future of South Grafton and the Blackstone Heritage Corridor,” says Gene Bernat, the owner of the site.
In December of 2014, The Town of Grafton was awarded a $10,000 grant from the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor to develop a suite of educational materials to engage citizens and visitors in the diverse offerings of the site. In it, the Town proposed collaborations with The Conway School of Design, educators, high school students, and the Community of Grafton.
The public has always played a large role in the development of the Fisherville Mill Site, and the Mill Villages Park that now lies in the southern portion of the site was largely designed by the community. Grafton´s Planning & Conservation Department hopes this trend continues and invites the town to come out to learn more about the project as well as contribute to its development by sharing its vision for the site.
To learn more about the grant, click here.
To learn more about the meeting, click here.
Link to LSL Facebook page.