Stoneham residents beach

Just wondering how the residents of Stoneham could initiate a petition to open Spot Pond as a legal place to swim.As Spot Pond is no longer a part of the areas drinking water system, it would be great if residents could access this beautiful body of water as a place to swim. There are areas which could easily be turned into "beaches" and the addition of a "swimming hole" would be a nice asset to the town.
Cindy Hemenway January 25, 2014 at 09:31 AM
Mark: A public beach at Spot Pond is NOT possible. First, Spot Pond is still a reservoir, but a back up. When our public drinking water system went down about 4 Mays ago, Spot Pond went on line as a back up, because the main line from Quabin Reservoir was disrupted when a coupling link broke in Weston, MA necessitating residents in Eastern MA to boil their water for 3 days. Secondly, Spot Pond borders Stoneham, Medford, Winchester, Melrose, and Malden. Open up Spot Pond to the public for swimming and this beautiful, pristine, recreational gem would be trashed in a short period of time, like in a hiccup! No, Spot Pond must be protected. We are lucky we have the area for picnics, hikes, fishing, and boat rentals through Spot Pond Boating. Privately owned water craft are NOT allowed on Spot Pond. To do so is to risk appearance in district court to pay a fine worth several hundred dollars! I remember as a child Spot Pond was a primary reservoir. It was surrounded by an ugly iron fence all the way to the side walk. It was patrolled by police on horse back. No recreational activities were allowed. However, thoughtless people would sneak in there during hot spells to swim illegally and inevitably there were drownings. This still happens, the most recent drowning was about 4 summers ago. Please use your blog to further educate the public that Spot Pond must be protected to keep it beautiful and clean.
mark stevens May 17, 2014 at 08:47 AM
Cindy,I am sorry that it has taken me so long to respond to your thoughtful commentary on reasons to keep Spot Pond free of swimmers, for reasons stated. The MWRA is in the process of constructing 2 multi million gallon tanks, for water storage, up behind the old hospital site.As far as towns bordering, Spot Pond, this is a moot point! Spot Pond lies entirely within the town of Stoneham. These two new water storage tanks will hold more water than Spot Pond. I see Spot Pond as an asset to the town, and it should be considered as a "resident only" beach for residents.The town could charge a minimal fee for "resident stickers."
kelly floyd January 26, 2014 at 10:39 AM
Mark; I love the idea, a mother of 4 who pays Winchester, Gloucester, nahant and every other close beach to use their facilities. Unfortunately, the elders if this town have forgotten that we need amenities like a good, progressive school district, appropriate places for our youth to congregate and open honest conversations to keep young families moving here and staying. Stoneham is minimal at best...sad
Susan January 26, 2014 at 01:46 PM
Mark, that is a great idea and I bet a lot of people would sign that petition. You could ask one of the selectmen, like maybe John DiPinto who seems to be well versed on the mwra issues. Also I think I vaguely remember an effort for such a thing being made by Tony Kennedy awhile back, or maybe he was the one who got approval for the kayaks. He might have some insight on it too.


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