Municipal Projects and Initiatives

  • Walker Street Reconstruction Project (MassDOT): The Town of Lenox will be replacing deteriorated sidewalk on both sides of lower Walker Street and installing new side walk on the north side of Walker Street south of the Bypass along with widened shoulders for increased pedestrian and cycling safety on either side of the street. All work will be within the Town's Right-of-Way with the exception of temporary easements and some permanent easements. Funded primarily by federal and state improvement funds, this project will connect Lenox Dale to the Village Center, a goal identified in the current Open Space and Recreation Plan (OSRP). The project will go out to bid in Fall 2018. 
  • 2018 Complete Streets Improvements: Lenox received free technical assistance from the BRPC through the state's Complete Streets program to evaluate public infrastructure for pedestrian and cycling safety and comfort. With a plan in place and priorities identified, the Town applied for three projects and received funding for two: one will install an ADA-compliant crosswalk south of the Patterson Monument on Old Stockbridge Road; the other will install three (3) to four (4) raised crosswalks with curb extensions on Main Street to increase visibility of pedestrians and calm traffic. 
  • Kennedy Park Hardy Kiwi Management: Kennedy Park offers a variety of recreation opportunities with scenic views all through the year. Free admission and multiple access and parking help make it a very popular park option. Kennedy Park is also home to Hardy Kiwi, an invasive plant that takes over natural diversity. The Town has been working with partners such as Mass Audubon and Mass Fish and Wildlife's Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program (NHESP) to remove the plant, another goal identified in the current Open Space and Recreation Plan (OSRP). 
  • Communitywide Historic Preservation Plan: Having recently celebrated its 250th birthday, Lenox is also planning for the next 250 years by identifying and prioritizing goals, strategies and actions it can take to best preserve, celebrate, and promote awareness of the many hisorical and cultural resources in Lenox, including facilities and landscapes owned by the town and those stewarded by  organizations such as Ventfort Hall, Edith Wharton's The Mount, Shakespeare and Company.
  • Community Garden @ Lilac Park: Community gardens offer a way for community to convene around  and through cultivation and food production. Funded through Community Preservation Act resources, this pilot Community Garden project will contain between twenty-five (25) to thirty-three (33) raised beds available to residents of Lenox for the 2019 growing season. 
  • Lenox Cultural District: Cultural Districts are defined, well-recognized and promoted areas of a community with a high concentration of cultural offerings and resources. Lenox is working to identify a Cultural District and seek approval from the Mass Cultural Council (MCC) in late 2018/early 2019. For more information regarding Cultural Districts, please visit the MCC website.