Paving paradise, Chandler Edition

In a move that should come as no surprise to anyone who’s lived in this city longer than a year, the city administration would like the School Committee to declare land adjacent to Chandler Magnet School (15 acres of ball fields and woods) to be surplus.

Once the land is declared surplus, it would become a Worcester State parking lot.  There would also be parking available for those who work at Chandler Magnet & May Street School, and a playground.

Tracy has posted a summary of the proposal on her blog.

There is a group that is organizing opposition to this proposal — Save The Chandler Magnet Ball Fields.  Please follow that site; I’ll post updates as I hear them.

Once we lose open space, we don’t get it back.

When was the last time the city decided to “take back” a parking lot to turn into a wooded area, or to “reclaim” a subdevelopment as park land?

We are blessed to live in a city that has a lot of green space, and we need to think carefully before parting with any of it.

Please contact the School Committee and let them know what a bad idea this is.

This is in beautiful District 5, so you may also want to contact Councilor Gary Rosen.