GRAFTON, Mass. - Grafton selectmen asked the Super Park Study Committee to re-evaluate its choice of an empty Worcester Street lot for the park's new home, suggesting the Perrault property or Norcross Park as more suitable locations.
The request came just seven months after selectmen unanimously supported the committee's recommendation of 25 Worcester St., vacant for more than 30 years since the school on the property was torn down.
"I would like to at least see why these locations aren't good," Selectman John Dowling said, referring to the Perrault property next to the Grafton Public Library and Norcross Park.
Super Park, formerly located on Providence Road, was torn down during the construction of the new Grafton High School. For the past two years, the committee has been examining possible locations as well as playground designs that would make the structure accessible to children of all abilities.
Town Meeting last fall approved Community Preservation funding for a $34,000 master plan for the project. The committee expects to return to Town Meeting this fall with a full plan, including costs and a site plan.
The Super Park Study Committee hopes to do fundraising to offset the costs of the park, Chairman Michael Scully said.
Selectman Peter Adams, who had questioned but approved the Worcester Street site for the park, suggested the parcel may be among those considered for a new Department of Public Works. The site is one of only a few town-owned parcels in the center of town and had once been considered for the new fire station as well as affordable housing.
"We just can't keep going forward, stop, question," said George Prunier, a member of the study committee. "At some point, we just have to go ahead with this park."
Failing to action on a park designed to be handicap-accessible may leave the town open to a lawsuit under the Americans With Disabilities Act, said Cynthia Levine, chairman of the Commission on Disability.
"We could be in another situation similar to the library if we don't do this in the near future," she said. The Grafton Public Library is now under the gun to fix accessibility issues that would have been addressed by a failed expansion plan.