Learn About American Legion Memorial Pool in Patton Park

It might be hard to think of spring activities now let alone summer plans, but on April 5th 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 ‘60s but pools last roughly 30 years and at this point it cannot be effectively repaired nor maintained. Over that time the Hamilton and Wenham population has grown over 50%, more than 2,000 people in each town. At the same time that our population increased so have our longevity and activities, resulting in exponential growth in our recreation programs. 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 Pool Committee found that 90% of the community survey respondents said they would use the current pool if it was improved. Similar projects in other communities have increased usage several times over, according to our consultant who many of you have met at many public meetings.

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 what the costs would be and how they could be financed. 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. Our two Towns hosted the first ever joint Community Preservation Committee meeting and each has received applications for the new pool. More ZBA, Planning Board, ZBA, CPC and Board of Selectmen meetings will be held before April 5th too. Construction bids will be in our hands in the middle of March, so 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 5th for our annual town meetings.  Not only is spring coming, but your decision on the future of our summer programs is too!

Scott Maddern
William Dery February 21, 2014 at 08:48 AM
Nice comment Scott, I love the “world is wonderful description”. I will being the guitar and we can all sit around and sing cum-by ya. How can you even depict all that cooperation when your board and town manager has cut the planning board out of the picture, let alone the re ram-rod of a defeated article. I think refusing to give audience and data to a planning board, member says it all. The Town manager publicly indicated “cronyism” that is a laugh, since it is ramped between that agencies you mention. Interesting that the site plan review goes to the BOS appointed board vice the elected board, which is how it s done almost in all towns and cities. Take off you rose colored glasses Mr. smoothie.
richard boroff February 22, 2014 at 11:53 AM
Hey Bill Dery, remember how you told me you had done most of the course work for your physics Ph.D., but never did the thesis. I've always wondered why, why would someone as intelligent as you not go for it? It just hit me why --- you couldn't get a position as a doctoral candidate with anyone at your school because no one wanted to put up with your personality! You call Scott Maddern Mr. smoothie, and I am the village idiot in a different thread. You know-it-all and listen to no one. Everyone is stupid. I can just see you saying that to your professor in the lab where you were working! No wonder you didn't finish.
Michelle Bailey February 22, 2014 at 12:44 PM
Scott, Could you provide a list of dates for the public meetings? Or maybe commit to posting them on the Patch, 4 or 5 days in advance so people can make plans to attend? Thanks, Michelle
Bob Gray February 23, 2014 at 07:38 AM
Richard..... please calm down, sit back and smell the roses. The name calling and bullying won't get you anywhere and certainly won't get you any votes if you ever consider running for public office anywhere.
Bob Gray February 23, 2014 at 07:42 AM
I just found out that the new proposed Patton Park pool is partially on Myopia property and cannot be built unless Myopia sells or donates some of it's land? I have been to many meetings concerning the proposed pool and have not heard anyone mention this. (Rec Dept, BOS, CPC) I hope this will not be an added cost to the project? If it's true than this would be even more reason to scale down the size of the pool to fit on the present site. It certainly was not mentioned at the last town meeting for the $2.5 million dollar proposal?
richard boroff February 23, 2014 at 08:59 AM
Mr Gray, you should direct your comments to your EIE buddies. You have a long history of bullying, essentially from the day the group was started. It is just that no one has called you out on it. You were part of the group who pretended to send the requested spreadsheet. Show your sincerity and integrity by sending it.
Bob Gray February 23, 2014 at 01:39 PM
Double right click..... Be Good !!


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