• Petitioned Town Council

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Mayor Sullivan

Braintree: Stop Watson Park Development

    1. Andrew Buttaro
    2. Petition by

      Andrew Buttaro

      Braintree, MA

We want to preserve our park and do not want concrete and pavement covering the park for these highly seasonal facilities that will be empty over 85% of the year

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 25 signatures
    2. Over 150 signatures were submitted

      Andrew Buttaro
      Petition Organizer

      I collected over 150 signatures via paper petition and submitted them to the town in December. There has been no response from the petition, but I have learned through boston.com that this project will begin in March 2013.


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    3. Reached 10 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Krang Weston BRAINTREE, MA
      • over 1 year ago

      The park as it stands is a blight filled with geese droppings, poor parking, run down with next to nothing to offer. I can't wait for the splash pad. Of course, the old fuddy duddys who live in gorgeous East Braintree...near that little polluted beach, with the giant electrical towers looming over them will have everyone think that something enjoyable for children will negatively impact the area.

    • Diane Ronayne BRAINTREE, MA
      • almost 2 years ago

      I already live too close to all of the "parking lots" owned by Quirk and, of course, the Citgo terminal is an eyesore.

    • David Ruggles BRAINTREE, MA
      • almost 2 years ago

      Little League is a valuable park activity. I'm not convinced a splash pad is, epecially in a neighborhood overly filled with traffic in spring and summer months. Additional parking is both ugly and unnecessary, as we already have plenty of unused available space for cars in the lot near Smith Beach, with a wonderful path that few use. Give the people on Gordon Road and neighboring streets a break! Keep our park green, beautiful, and clean.

    • Ellen Ruggles BRAINTREE, MA
      • almost 2 years ago

      While the traffic, geese, and additional peripheral issues mentioned by others are important, my main reason for opposing this project is that more parking means less green space. Once lost, green is gone forever. Being so close to Boston, maintaining open areas of land with grass, trees, and other vegetation should be a #1 priority. The splash pad itself is less an issue for me than the asphalt. The park is beautiful as it is!

    • Kevin Carter BRAINTREE, MA
      • almost 2 years ago

      Watson Park has ongoing issues now. Parking is a problem during baseball season. Cars fill both sides of Edgehill Road making driving a challenge if 2 cars have to pass. Litter is a problem in the park and the neighborhood. The geese droppings make it impossible to walk in a straight line without stepping in the mess. I can't imagine small children rolling in the grass as they should be able to do at a park. Problems at the playground exist. Litter and animal feces are in the area. The "sandbox" has little or no sand and the woodchips are not kept fresh and clean. There is absolutely no need for a splash pad. The public beach is in the same area (fix that up) or we have the town lake (and soon a pool.) Supervision of the park in not common and youth can easily scatter as police can easily be spotted before any contact can be made. Often the weeds around the fence areas and around grandstands are an eyesore and a nuisance. If the area is not properly kept now, why would we want to add another site that will only lead to other problems?


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