In collaboration with the Cape Cod Commission (CCC), the Town of Yarmouth is working to identify and analyze options for connecting the Cape Cod Rail Trail (CCRT) to the former Drive-In Site along Route 28. These efforts build on the recently completed feasibility study for the Drive-In Site that identified future improvements including a Riverwalk Park along Parkers River, an open area event space, woodland trails, and a looped Boardwalk to view the marshlands to the south. Further information on the Riverwalk Park and Boardwalk can be viewed at the link below.
Providing a connection from the CCRT to the Route 28 commercial corridor, and the former Drive-In Site in particular, will improve the economic vitality of our commercial corridor and help to revitalize the area. The contiguous swath of town-owned land between the CCRT and the drive-in parcel provides a significant opportunity for the creation of this interconnected bicycle/shared-use pathway.
The Town has worked with the CCC to identify a variety of alternative routes using existing and new networks, and to conduct an alternatives analysis to identify potential impacts. The Commission has also worked with the Town to develop typical pathway cross sections and materials and rough cost estimates. This information has been compiled in the CCRT to Drive-In Parcel Trail Connection – Alternatives Development Report, which can be accessed at the link below.
With this preliminary analysis completed, two public workshops have been scheduled to obtain input on the route alternatives through a presentation and interactive map exercise. The first meeting was held on August 7th at 1:30 PM at the Yarmouth Senior Center with a lot of good input from attendees. A copy of the PowerPoint presentation along with the associated Maps can be accessed at the links below. The second workshop has been scheduled for:
August 14th at 6:00 PM - Town Hall Hearing Room, 1146 Route 28, South Yarmouth
In addition to feedback at the workshops, input will also be sought through a public survey to be distributed in mid September. Using the feedback collected through the public process, the Cape Cod Commission will prepare a written report summarizing their findings and outlining potential next steps.