I’m writing in assist of the Neighborhood Preservation Act – or YES On Query three.
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I’m writing in assist of the Neighborhood Preservation Act – or YES On Query three. I’ve been the chief director the Framingham Historical past Middle for the previous 15 years and once I discuss our efforts to protect our historic buildings to folks from out of city, I usually hear, “Does Framingham have CPA?” I all the time reply with “not but” as I’ve religion that our neighborhood will quickly see the worth of this initiative.
Whereas I’m certain you anticipate me to write down about how CPA funds will assist us proceed restoring a few of Framingham’s most historic properties on the Centre Widespread – which I hope they are going to – I need to give attention to one other imaginative and prescient that I do know shouldn’t be new to lots of you: the creation of a strolling path round Farm Pond that’s accessible to downtown. This path has the potential to attach downtown companies and neighbors together with the a whole bunch of recent residence dwellers to an unbelievable community of open house, recreation and historical past.
Following this path across the pond offers a exceptional glimpse into not solely Framingham’s wealthy historical past however American historical past too. Beginning with Concord Grove and the abolitionists then shifting on to Chautauqua with its Temple of Philosophy atop Mt. Wayte, to Cushing Hospital and Framingham’s support for wounded veterans coming back from WW II, to the gorgeous gatehouse and aqueduct connecting Farm Pond to Boston’s early water provide and the reservoir system we see at the moment, to the Bancroft Constructing with its industrial historical past, and at last to the railroad that introduced all of this to downtown.
CPA funding may assist present an answer to assist safely cross the railroad tracks and entry this strolling path, Cushing Park, the skate park, ball fields and past. There was point out of naming the path for Chris Walsh, an early proponent of CPA and a real visionary.
Historical past offers an anchor to communities throughout tumultuous occasions. Now’s the time for Framingham historical past to shine, whether or not it’s round Farm Pond, on the Centre Widespread, on Salem Finish Street, or within the former Dennison Buildings. Please vote sure on Query three and assist us proceed preserving this wealthy historical past.
Government Director, Framingham Historical past Middle