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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

The Endangered Hadley Park

Town officials are considering selling Zatyrka Park (on the corner of Breckenridge and Huntington) in order to make money for a new community center.
Read the article from the Gazette here:

I used a picture of that park for the Hadley Heritage "Entrusting the Commons" project for the theme "Endangered."  Looks like I was more right than I knew....

The proposal to sell the park might end up on the spring Town Meeting warrant.  What do you think?  Share your thoughts with other MH readers by posting a comment below.


emily said...

I, for one, would love this to be turned into an actual park -- a public grassy space with maybe some swings, picnic tables, and other equipment -- a space that doesn't state "no use without P&R permission." We have lots of beautiful conservation space, but I would like a little more public use space.

R.D. Fall said...

UPDATE Oct. 15, 2015:
A vote on the sale of Zatyrka Park is scheduled for Oct. Town Meeting, Thurs., Oct. 22, 2015 at 7 pm.
The proposal by Hadley Park & Rec is to sell this approx. 6 acre town-owned property so the funds can go toward a different park Park & Rec deems better suits recreational needs. Park and Rec invited neighboring property owners to a meeting on 10/15/15 to describe the plan and hear comments and questions. Approximately 10 citizens expressed concerns about the sale of the park. Park and Rec explained they had previously asked the Town for funds to have the property examined to determine what renovation of this former "stump dump" would entail, but the Town offered no support. Park and Rec has no line in its budget for park maintenance, according to Park and Rec commissioners.

Given the impending vote, neighbors have begun to organize to develop options to save the park. Anyone who is interested in preserving Zatyrka Park as a public recreational area can register their interest and support for the new "Friends of Zatyrka Park." Email to: