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Work at Dorchester Heights National Monument expected to be completed by spring 2014

Posted by Patrick Rosso  December 27, 2013 10:00 AM

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Work at the Dorchester Heights National Monument in South Boston is progressing and should be completed by the spring of 2014.

The $240,000 project, which began in late-August, includes repairs to the 4.2-acre park's irrigation system, bollards, water fountain, and lighting.

Close to 80 percent of the work has been completed, according to Sean Hennessey, a public affairs officer with the National Parks Service.

“We are really looking forward to joining with the South Boston community this year to celebrate this nationally significant site and help it reclaim its rightful place in Boston's historical narrative,” Hennessey said.

The installation of the park’s new water fountain, bollards, and irrigation system has been completed and new trees have been planted.

The new lighting for the park, however, has not been installed. Two existing footings for the light poles will be reused, but concrete for the other two footings cannot be poured until the weather warms up.

The project’s contractor is Reading-based Cornerstone Construction Services, according to the National Parks Service.

The white marble Georgian-revival tower that stands at the top of the park was dedicated March 17, 1902 to honor the significance of the parcel during the American Revolutionary War.

To learn more about the site’s history, click here.

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