The town of Hopkinton has grown substantially over the last few decades. Moving from a small agricultural town to a vibrant suburb with high tech industry and top performing schools.
The increases in residential and economic development have created a desire for more artistic, social, and athletic features, and the town is delivering with new facilities such as the expanded Hopkinton Center for the Arts (HCA), a renovated and expanded down town library, and a new Hopkinton Tennis and Swim Club.
The Hopkinton Country Club (HCC), MetroWest YMCA Family Outdoor Center, and B.A.A. Boston Marathon have been long time leaders in bringing a more rounded lifestyle to this once relatively isolated community by inviting surrounding communities (and in the case of the Marathon, the world) to enjoy Hopkinton’s beautiful and unique New England surroundings.
The installation of 495 between 1958-1982 opened essentially a third beltway around the city of Boston, thus further connecting towns, such as Hopkinton, to the vibrant city center. Hopkinton happens to sit directly on the 495 and Mass Pike (I-90) intersection, making travel to the town, in particular, even more convenient.
Let’s look at some of the newer and proposed facilities that will provide even more amenities for current and future residents.
Hopkinton Center for the Arts (HCA)
The HCA was a collaboration of hard working and giving individuals resulting in a private/public co-venture project that rolled out just in time for Hopkinton’s 300th anniversary in 2015.
A one of a kind, regional, visual and performing arts center, the HCA offers classes for youth, teens, and adults, and art galleries that include juried exhibits, the Young Artists’ show, featured solo artist exhibits, and educational and community projects. Students can enjoy classes in fine art, dance, music, theater, filmmaking, photography, acting, and creative writing. In addition, students can take private music or art lessons.
Performances in the newly expanded auditorium are top quality. The building is equipped with professional sound and lighting - making for a theater experience in a quaint town beyond the imagination.
Built in 1895, the library is an icon of downtown Hopkinton with stained glass windows and historic church like features. The last renovation of the library was in 1967, expanding it to the current size of 5,783 square feet which was underserving the 15,000 plus members of the community. In 2011, the Town voted to renovate and expand the library and received a $4.5 million state construction grant.
The proposed renovation and expansion to the existing building will total 22,000 square feet on two levels and will maintain the historical character of the existing building. The building will be designed as a LEED Silver level green building. Additional new features will include:
Hopkinton Tennis and Swim Club
The proposed location on Lumber Street was recently approved by the Planning Board and will break ground this spring.
The Hopkinton Tennis and Swim Club is a proposed 40,000-square-foot, two-story building to be used for various recreation and fitness activities. The plans call for 10 tennis courts, some covered year round, a lap pool, a zero-entry pool, and kiddie pool. Indoor facilities will include fitness classrooms, basketball court, fitness areas with gym equipment, pro-shop and a restaurant/lounge.
A membership office in the 77 West Main St. plaza, on the corner of Lumber Street, is scheduled to open soon to provide more information.
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