Meetings of interest

Some under-the-radar meetings you might be interested in:

Tuesday, February 12, 6:00pm in the Blue Lounge of the Worcester State College Student Center – there will be a meeting to inform the public (and take questions) about upcoming work on that building.

Wednesday, February 13, 2:00-5:00pm, Saxe Room, Worcester Public Library – Mass DPH listening session for medical marijuana regulations

 

The last two round 2 Open Space meetings are this week:

Monday, February 11, 6:30 PM at Mass Audubon Broad Meadow Brook Program Room, 414 Massasoit Road (District 3)

Thursday, February 14, 6:30 PM atBeaver Brook Park Community House, Mann Street

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  1. Thanks for this information. Valentine’s Day evening is not the most convenient time to attend a city meeting, but I will try to get to the Beaver Brook meeting.

    My first concern after reading the open space plan is that when the city says “open space” what it really means is “athletic fields.” Perhaps the I’m missing some great effort on the city’s part. I hope so.

    But having watched the “improve” Beaver Brook Park from a very nice open area with ball fields into a sports gulag through which one navigates a maze of iron curtains, I have a jaundiced view. As one of the commenters at a previous meeting said, you can’t even get from the park to the Big Y supermarket next door. Used to go there to see the evening sky before the sky was improved out of the picture.

    The mention of Hadwen Arboretum as “protected forest land” is a joke. Clark owns the Hadwen land, and woods around it, and in recent years has consistently used the latter as an active dump for their campus trees, shrubs, leaves, and once, the turf from their athletic field. In the process it became infested with Japanese knotweed. Up to a few years ago they used to mow it so that it didn’t become overgrown, but last year they didn’t. They haven’t maintained the wealth of trees that are there, nor have they replaced them.

    The arboretum area is a wonderful place to walk, and a great open space resource in District 5, but the part of it that was willed to Clark by Hadwen is less than half. The rest is not protected in any way, and the Hadwen land itself would require a lawsuit to protect should Clark decide to break or reinterpret the will. I think the city should ask Clark to donate the whole property in lieu of taxes and in return allow Clark to continue their ongoing green dump (free of invasive plants).

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