[Editor's note: The following is a letter Stoneham's state legislators wrote to Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation Commissioner Edward Lambert.]
June 22, 2012
Department of Conservation and Recreation
251 Causeway Street
Boston, MA 02114
We are writing to express our disappointment and frustration at the closing of the DCR in Stoneham for the 2012 summer season. This week, the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) opened the doors to 25 pool facilities across the Commonwealth for public use, however, it has unexpectedly come to our attention that the Department of Conservation and Recreation will not be opening the main pool at your Stoneham facility. The Hall Memorial Pool is a popular and critical component of Stoneham’s recreational infrastructure.
While we understand that DCR has had to make difficult decisions due to budget constraints, we strongly disagree with DCR’s closing of the Hall Memorial Pool. As you know, DCR operates and maintains about 1/3 of the Town of Stoneham in the Middlesex Fells Reservation. We and many taxpayers in Stoneham are concerned with the fact that, while Stoneham is unable to gain revenue directly from the DCR controlled land in the community, services through DCR available to Stoneham residents have diminished.
We are committed to working with DCR to ensure that DCR forgoes its decision to close the Hall Memorial Pool for the summer. We must ensure that pool access is made available this year, and that we have a workable plan for next year to make sure we do not face this setback again. Decisions like this shouldn't just be based on statistics. It has to be a decision based on fairness, with the local and economic impacts kept in mind.
Thank you for your consideration of this matter. We look forward to your response.
Katherine Clark, State Senator
Jason Lewis, State Representative
James Dwyer, State Representative