12/3/2020 - Last plants installed 10/29 and ~3,000 square feet of woodland seed mix and stabilizing straw/tackifier installed the week of 11/1. Punch list items and minor work to finish in the spring. No additional slope work anticipated until then.
9/25/2020 - Planting soil, slope breaks, and erosion control blankets have been installed. Planting is 75% completed and is on schedule to be completed the week of 9/28. Notable remaining tasks include installation the plant protection fence, mulching, and seeding. The project should be wrapping up early October, 2020.
7/30/2020 - Invasive species removal and clearing and grubbing almost complete. No slope work scheduled for the next two weeks. Next steps are placing new planting soil, construct the slope and gully treatments, and install native plantings.
Week of 7/6/2020 - Invasive species management on slope. Contractor installing construction fencing and erosion controls.
Black Locust trees were successfully removed June 5 - June 9. The harvested wood will be used for Cambridge park projects, and the slope replanted with a native plant community.
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For general field construction and project updates, please visit DPW's Glacken Field project page.
- Project Completion October, 2020
- Install furnishings September - October 2020
- Plant (ongoing) September 2020
- Place planting soil, Completed September, 2020
- Slope grading, Completed August, 2020
- Permitted tree removal completed 6/9/2020.
- For more information, please visit the DPW's Glacken Field Renovations project page.
Previously completed Phases
Phases 1, completed in 2010, included improving stormwater infiltration by installing a level spreader, a bioretention swale, a rain garden, and porous pavement on the golf course clubhouse patio.
Phases 2- 3 were completed during the summer of 2011. Fallen logs found on site were reused for wildlife habitat and edging, and invasive trees and vegetation were replaced with native forest plant species including trees, shrubs and herbaceous groundcover.
Phase 4, completed during summer 2012, continued along the Lower Slope moving further away from the golf course with slope stabilization, gully repair and planting. After completion of Phase 4 work, access will be restricted through the use of temporary fencing to allow vegetation to get fully established.
Phase 5, completed fall 2016, installed porous paving and a permeable cobble swale to enhance runoff infiltration at the bottom of the slope and improve Perimeter Road surface and drainage. The damaged fence along the Perimeter Road was replaced and the curb re-set. Restoration plantings were installed at the toe of the slope.
Planning began for the Glacken Slope Improvements project in 2008. The Bioengineering Group (now Hatch Engineers), the landscape architecture company chosen to lead the project, suggested a pilot project below the Golf Course Clubhouse to test innovative solutions to steep slope stabilization techniques. This kicked off Phase 1 of the multiphase ongoing project to re-stabilize and restore the native species of the slope.