, Salem, MA


March 3, 2014

Letter: Vote on pool project draws near

To the editor:

It might be hard to think of spring activities now, let alone summer plans, but on April 5, voters should expect to be asked to decide on popular summer programs for years and years to come. We’ve supported our American Legion Memorial Pool in Patton Park with phenomenal maintenance since it was built in the 1960s, but pools last roughly 30 years, and at this point, it cannot be effectively repaired or maintained. Over that time, the Hamilton and Wenham population has grown more than 50 percent, more than 2,000 people in each town. At the same time that our population increased, so have our longevity and activities. The fabulous new Patton Park Playground has added considerably to the use of the park, and a new pool should do the same, let alone the overall value of the town.

The Hamilton Board of Selectmen supported the joint recreation board request to find out the scope of work involved in the removal of the current pool and construction of a new pool, as well as the costs. Future programming of a new pool has also been considered. Our joint recreation board led a thorough and open public process, with half a dozen public meetings since December. Hamilton and Wenham community preservation committees hosted a meeting, and there are many more ZBA, Planning Board, CPC and Board of Selectmen meetings to be held before April 5. We’ll have firm costs compared to last year’s estimates.

I encourage you to jump on the wave of the public meetings if you want to learn more, and mark your calendar on April 5 for our annual town meetings. Not only is spring coming, but your decision on the future of our summer programs is, too!

Scott Maddern


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