The Dorchester Reporter is reporting that the DCR has has agreed to halt plans to start this project this weekend. They will restart the community process. You can read the full details here.
Last week, a neighborhood meeting was held to discuss a plan for the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) to convert a wading pool into a spray deck at the Ryan Playground.
Many residents were upset about the lack of transparency and the fact that the plan was not taking into considerations the community’s wants or needs.
According to the Dorchester Reporter, the DCR stated the decision to redo the wading pool into a spray park has already been made and received $600,000 in state funding to complete the project. Contractors as scheduled to start construction on October 15th.
The perks of a spray park is the fact that no chemical treatment or recirculation system is needed. DCR will also not need to hire a lifeguard for the spray park – which they currently employ for the wading pool.
But some residents feel left out the process and feel as though the decision way made without the communities input.
You can learn more about this project here.
You can read a thread on twitter that has all the information about the controversy here via @DorchesterEsq
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Maureen Dahill is the editor of Caught in Southie and a lifelong resident of South Boston sometimes mistaken for a yuppie. Co-host of Caught Up, storyteller, lover of red wine and binge watching TV series. Mrs. Peter G. Follow her @MaureenCaught.
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