Success Stories



Patton Park Playground Revitalizes Youth Recreation in Hamilton
Hundreds of children on the North Shore are new beneficiaries of a state-of-the-art playground, partly funded by CPA revenue and situated along Bay Road (Route 1A) in the Town of Hamilton. From 2012 to 2013, community members witnessed the transformation of an old, dilapidated playground designed for children under the age 5, into an updated and expanded outdoor recreation facility containing playground elements for children of all ages.
Herring Run Park, Weymouth
Every spring, thousands of migratory herring swim from Boston Harbor up the Weymouth Back River on their way to Whitman’s Pond. Herring spend most of their lives in the ocean, but return to fresh water once a year to spawn. On their way upstream, they pass through Jackson Square in Weymouth, where there is now a new CPA-funded park, celebrating the herring and providing a place to help town residents and visitors appreciate them each spring.
Cable Mills Adaptive Reuse Project, Williamstown
On August 29, 2007, the North Adams Transcript described the Cable Mills project as "a state model for how the Community Preservation Act can work," writing, "With affordable housing, a publicaly-accessible walkway along the Green River and preservation of a historic mill building, the project has created a Community Preservation Act triple play."
Lexington’s Douglas House for Brain-Injured Adults Exemplifies CPA Adaptive Reuse
Five years ago the town of Lexington launched an award-winning community preservation project that encapsulates three CPA pillars and continues to enhance the lives of individuals and the local community.
CPA Development Keeps Provincetown Affordable For Year-Round Residents
In a market driven by competitive vacation-based real estate, year-round Provincetown residents have long struggled to find affordable housing options.
Preserving Abigail Adams’s Birthplace: CPA helps rescue Weymouth’s “Hidden Gem”
The first lady and wife of the nation’s second president, Abigail Adams was born and raised in a two-story saltbox-style home in North Weymouth. Until recently, the future of this historic site, museum, and national treasure was in question due to its diminishing condition.
Fort Hill Veterans' Housing, Hingham
Finding housing for veterans has become a growing challenge in the Commonwealth. But one South Shore town is tapping their community preservation funds to make sure veterans have an affordable place to live.
Habitat for Humanity, Martha's Vineyard
Community Preservation Act (CPA) funds recently helped a family of four secure permanent affordable housing on Martha’s Vineyard.
Elmwood Farm, Hopkinton
CPA funds have helped to conserve the Historic Elmwood Farm in Hopkinton, protecting farmland for future agricultural use, preserving an historic stop on the Underground Railroad and opening up 81 acres of forestland to the public.
Needham Town Hall: Largest CPA Project Ever Tackles Complex Financing Issues on Path to Rehabilitation
The largest appropriation of CPA funds for a single project was recently approved by residents of Needham. At Town Meeting in May, residents gave their stamp of approval to the Community Preservation Committee's (CPC) recommendation to restore Needham Town Hall, using $15 million in CPA funds
Sweetwilliam Farm, Upton: An Alternate Path to Town Meeting Approval
At a special town meeting on January 11, 2011, Upton residents voted by a slim margin to approve the purchase of a CPA project that just weeks before appeared impossible – the purchase of a 60-acre portion of Sweetwilliam Farm.
Ames Shovel Shop, Easton
Years from now, Easton residents enjoying a vibrant downtown may not know that they have the historic Ames Shovel Shop CPA project to thank for their beautiful town center.