Melrose updated its previous Open Space and Recreation Plan from 2007
in March 2015. The purpose of this plan is to provide guidance for the
preservation, enhancement, and expansion of open space and recreation
opportunities in the City. Key recommendations include locating new
recreational facilities in areas that evenly distribute services, improving
opportunities for trail use, acquiring unprotected parcels that are critical for
providing wildlife corridors, and developing a citizen participation process
that will include residents and community groups in the ongoing designing
and planning of park improvements.
The Commuter Rail Corridor Study was conducted by MAPC in October 2013
in order to investigate opportunities and impediments for growth and development
along the Tremont/Essex Street Corridor, an area adjacent to the Haverhill
Commuter Line with easy access to downtown, schools, and recreational
opportunities. Key recommendations from the study include creating a
transit-oriented overlay district for the Corridor, increasing allowable building
heights and floor area ratios, improving pedestrian crosswalks, providing more
streetscape treatments, and identifying opportunities for locating murals and public art.
Completed in March 2012 by Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates,
the Parking in Downtown Melrose report was created to provide a framework
for managing downtown parking to best ensure that the parking needs of
residents and visitors are being met. This study revealed that there is actually
an excess of parking spaces downtown during most times of day, and that
occasional pressure on spaces could be addressed with adjustments to the
parking management system.
Melrose collaborated with the Towns of Reading and Wakefield and MAPC to
develop a coherent, forward-looking transportation plan. The Main Street Corridor
Study, released in January 2012, looks at ways to improve upon the existing
transportation network by reducing automobile traffic while promoting commuter
rail, walking, bicycling and bus transportation. The Main Street Corridor Study’s
goals and strategies will improve accessibility, coordinate transportation systems,
promote healthy life-style choices, as well as conserve natural resources benefitting
Reading, Wakefield and Melrose, and the region as a whole.