Save the beautiful Middlesex Fells 90mm Meadow!

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Please sign this petition with your name and town. We would love for you to reach out to to voice your opposition to the rink. We need strong and ongoing support from the community in order to continue fighting this destructive proposal in the weeks and months ahead. 

 Photo credit: Jessica Penny (Winchester, MA)

As you can see from the website, the Friends of the Fells opposes construction of an ice hockey rink in the ‘90mm’ meadow site in the Lawrence Woods area of the Middlesex Fells. The location of this proposed facility in the Reservation would destroy natural resources, negatively impact contiguous sections of the Fells, and bring unacceptable traffic levels and alterations to South Border Road, a historic parkway.

This is the wrong site for constructing a hockey rink, which would also include a 120-car parking area, an access road, electric transmission lines, and other unwarranted infrastructure.

The project would destroy much heavily wooded forest as well as the only uncontaminated open meadow left in the Fells. Since the 1960s, Fells rangers and volunteers ranging from local area Scout Troops to high school and college students have worked to maintain the pollinator meadow as a rich and welcoming habitat for birds, bees, and butterflies. Mass Audubon has documented numerous rare bird species nesting in the site and from 1980 to present 67 species of butterflies have been observed at the site.

We have published this initial position paper ( to bring notice to the public. As stewards of this great, public forest reservation, we believe it is our duty to shed light on any potential impacts from such proposed projects and in this case to advocate strongly for the continuation of over five decades of meadow restoration work at this pollinator and bird sanctuary.

We will keep you informed and look forward to your thoughts and comments. If anyone wants to be more active in opposing such a development, please get in touch with


Joel Cohen on behalf of the Friends of the Fells Defense Committee