Thursday, April 30, 2015

Improvements of conservation land at Cedar Woods approved by Town Meeting

Destruction of wetland setbacks at Cedar Woods (above) will be a thing of the past. Town Meeting approved monies for cleaning and protecting Cedar Woods for future walking trail.
(from Metrowest Daily News, April 30, 2015)

Town Meeting on April 29 approved spending $250,000 to protect and beautify the Southside’s Cedar Woods. Conservation Administrator Rob McArthur said wetlands and vernal pools make up most of the 16-acre swamp, and neighbors are encroaching on the land and litter is a big problem.

Precinct 18 Chairman George Lewis told his fellow voters the investment in Cedar Swamp would mean a lot to people living in his Southside neighborhood.

“We need something peaceful like Cedar Swamp,” Lewis said, envisioning a walking path in the future from Waushakum Beach through the swamp to Waverly Street.

He said the name carries a negative connotation and he’d like to call it Cedar Woods.

“To call it a swamp is really a mistake if you’re going to associate swamp with something undesirable,” he said.

While presenting to Town Meeting, McArthur described the tires, shopping carts, metal, television sets and construction debris regularly discarded in Cedar Swamp.

The idea behind investing in the property is to take care of a neglected resource on the Southside of town, McArthur said after the vote.

Please see other photos of Cedar Woods