Walking tour highlights Ayer’s historic Grove Pond neighborhood

Walking tour highlights Ayer’s historic Grove Pond neighborhood

AYER — Those who travel through the historic Grove Pond neighborhood are apt to marvel at the wonderfully preserved architecture of this 160-year-old area.

Ayer Director of Commuity and Economic Development Alan S. Manoian will be leading what he hopes will be the first of several Winter Season Historic Neighborhood Walking Tours on Saturday, Jan. 27, 1 to 2:30 p.m. The group will meet in front of the Ayer District Court.

In 1857, Ayer’s Historic Grove Pond Neighborhood was designed and laid-out with a comfortably compact New England urban street-grid, including School, Oak, Pond, Prospect, Grove, Church, Faulkner, and East Main streets. He called the neighborhood a local “treasure-house of architectural history and heritage.”

Most of the historic and traditional street and home fabric has survived the test of time, Manoian said. However with the coming of an unprecedented era of new residential development in Ayer, the traditional, valuable, walkable, socially connected, and human-scaled fabric of the Historic Grove Pond Neighborhood is in need of better planning, thoughtful design, and preservation/protection of its historic charm and exceptional livability.

The tour will feature great historic architecture, traditional neighborhood design concepts, some fascinating historic neighborhood stories, and the pleasure of neighbors walking and working together to protect their distinctive historic neighborhood.

Residents can also identify work that needs to be done on street improvement, sidewalk reconstruction, street flooding spots, better signage, new lighting, need for new water lines, wastewater lines, and ideas for improved streetscape design.

No reservations are required, dress warmly in layers, wear good walking boots, and come prepared for a great historic adventure. For additional information contact Manoian, at 978-772-8206 and/or amanoian@ayer.ma.us.