To the Editor:
As a resident of Hampton Circle for 25 years, I want to raise my hand to support the upcoming Community Preservation Act vote to include the Hampton Circle playground area for a much-needed restoration project in the 2021 funding cycle.
I have sadly watched the cut across Moreland Streets, both north and south sides, fall into terrible disrepair. Over this past summer our old swing set and benches were dismantled and removed due to their disrepair, leaving no place for families and neighbors to have a community outdoor place to enjoy and play.
I encourage the CPA to move forward with this effort, and I look forward to participating in any design decisions open to the neighborhood to participate in as well.
I did notice that there is a small, but important line item in the grant for FEMA funding to look at the extensive area-wide flooding issues. I doubt this is enough to address all of the flooding concerns, but it’s a small start, and I appreciate that this area be addressed as part of Hull’s resiliency plan and initiatives.
Over the past five years or so, we have had more extensive storm-surge floodwaters as well as torrential short-cycle downpours that have exacerbated standing water, threatening increased damage to homes and street pavement as well.
Hampton Circle is an amazing little neighborhood, still tree-covered with many families here across generations as well as new families moving in to make this their year-round home. Hampton Circle Playground has long been the kickoff for the annual and historic Fourth of July parade, and neighbors have kept up the plantings at the foot of the flagpole as well.
I am rooting for this CPA and FEMA grant to be approved to bring much-needed renewal to this sweet off-the-path neighborhood.
45 Hampton Circle