The Open Space & Recreation Plan of 2005 to 2010 has been a remarkable document. So much of the goals, some that seemed to be lofty in aspiration, have actually been fulfilled. Now the Open Space Committee in close cooperation with the Park Commission will now try to establish new goals and to re-affirm old goals that still need to be achieved. They’re meeting is coming up on Thursday at 7:00 at the library. It is important that some kind of input be made by citizens and concerned groups.
The last Mayor had this strange idea of putting baseball and soccer fields in pasture land that has the water table right at the surface. Others have tried to propose recreational facilities on Mount Lavender. (A fine example of this is on the other side of Route 495 across from Commonwealth Motors.) We need ideas from the public good and bad which can be discussed and vetted. It will end up a poor plan if no one contributes ideas.
I think since floods are so recent in our memories that open space preservation to protect water-absorbing marshlands and wetlands should be a top priority since so much costly damage is sustained by businesses and residents. In this tight economy, we don’t need entrepreneurs and homeowners doling out money on repairs and high insurance rates if some wisely chosen open space purchases could have prevented it!
I know it’s one more thing to attend but 2010 is definitely the decision time on open space for the next five to seven years.