Pride in Peabody means saving Crystal Lake

18 Nov

By Bob Croce, EOP Publisher

Bike path near Crystal Lake. Imagine what this could be if we’re able to clean up the lake?

We all drive past it a lot.  On our way to Hannaford Plaza. On our way to drop the kids off at the Burke or West Schools. On our way to church at St. Adelaide. We drive past it and shake our heads in disgust over what it has become, and dream about what it could be.

If you ever walk the bike path between Lowell Street and Cy Tenney Park, you realize the tremendous possibilities. The potential for an area that rivals in beauty anything you’d see along some country road in Vermont. But along with that potential, you see it how it is today.

Stately swans covered in green goo that is only now dissipating because a nightly killing frost has become nature’s way of cleaning up Crystal Lake. But the goo will return again once springtime temperatures turn what could be a place of civic pride back into the West Peabody swamp.

Mr. Mayor, I know you have a lot on your plate right now. And certainly, you have some noteworthy accomplishments in Year 1 of your term. But I’m here to ask you, and the city council, to stop ignoring the plight of Crystal Lake. It could be a gem, but instead it has turned into a public embarrassment for those who drive by it each day.

I know that there is a city council sub committee in place to look at correcting the environmental disaster that has become Crystal Lake. But I also understand that this committee hasn’t met at all since Mayor Bettencourt took office. I hear also, that Crystal Lake has been placed on the back burner for now. It’s understandable, I guess, what with other pressing issues.

But this can wait no longer. It’s time for a partnership between the pubic, local businesses, and our elected official. It’s time for the mayor to reach out and bring people together to look at saving Crystal Lake, and turning it into a recreation area that becomes a point of civic pride. It’s one of those “legacy” things, Mr. Mayor.

I know Mayor Bettencourt has been talking a lot this year about strengthening the concept of “Pride in Peabody.”  Making a commitment to save Crystal Lake would be another great step toward that goal.

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9 Responses to “Pride in Peabody means saving Crystal Lake”

  1. Moe November 18, 2012 at 6:15 pm #

    There could be beautiful hiking trails in there. It’s a manageable area- large enough to be an interesting hike. It’s a shame that nobody has ever given it the attention it needs.

  2. the Outfront Guy* November 18, 2012 at 7:24 pm #

    this is YET ANOTHER lingering issue here in Dark City….every now and then I make a list of things that may or may not happen in my lifetime….and guess what? Crystal Lake is on my not gonna happen list….and that’s how OG sees it.

  3. Bob Croce November 18, 2012 at 8:56 pm #

    Don’t be so negative, OG. If we can bring people together, and come up with a plan that leverages both the private and public sector, we can get this done. But we do need the mayor to make it a priority. Like I wrote, it could end up being a huge piece of his legacy.

  4. Anonymous November 19, 2012 at 9:48 am #

    Hey Bob, why dont you actually do something about it instead of just writing about it? Why is it that you wannabe policital hacks state all these ideas and opinions and when you loose your campaign you just dissappear from doing anything hands on?

    Why dont you pick up the phone and call these guys and offer to volunteer and run a non-profit committee to bring back Crystal lake. Maybe apply to the CPC for some monies to help clean of the area?

    I think you made a very bad move at coming on the internet and attacking the citizens of Peabody that are making attempts…

  5. Anonymous November 19, 2012 at 10:40 am #

    ALL FOR THIS, Bob. Thanks for bringing it up. The lake could be beautiful. I hope people will call their city councillors and ask them to put this back into the discussion. Love this new website. Very very informative.

  6. the Outfront Guy* November 19, 2012 at 11:26 am #

    of course it COULD be beautiful…surely the prior Mayors and prior City Council members would agree with you…but what can not be agreed upon was the ability and desire to truly FIX the issue….now in some ways the fixing of Crystal Lake is sort of like fixing the downtown flooding issue…we have studied the issue…hell we even threw some supposedly magic enzymes in the lake to eat the weeds and it did not work and it finally came back around to the ENORMOUS price tag to dredge the lake to truly fix the issue….it is all about the money and as another year goes by…OG gets a little older and wiser but in the end nothing changes ! OG would love to see the swans gliding gracefully in crystal clear waters but money is the answer and neither time(we’re talking DECADES folks!) and public interest (friends of the lake) focus have yet to produce that solution..and that’s how OG sees it.

  7. Bob Croce November 19, 2012 at 11:38 am #

    OG, I agree with you to a point here. The problem with not getting it done is that — so far — we’ve counted ONLY on government to fix the problem. What we need is a pubic-private partnership to move this forward. We need citizens, and local businesses, and support from government.

    Some of the funding should come from CPC, but a big piece of it should come from private donations. For example, Hannaford supermarket is owned by a $20 billion conglomerate called the Delhaize Group, which like all large corporations has as part of its mission to give back to its communities. Then there’s another neighbor there, T.J. Maxx. TJX is also a great corporate citizen.

    There are ways to definitely get this done. We just can’t rely only on our city council.

  8. the Outfront Guy* November 20, 2012 at 9:41 pm #

    let me get this straight…you are hoping that the Delhaize Group or TJ Maxx is going to step forward and help clean up Crystal Lake with some funding just because it is across the street from a couple of their local stores? let me ask you this….is weed clogged Crystal Lake negatively impacting business conditions or revenues at Hannaford’s or TJ Maxx? in not, then what’s in it for them to pony up a million bucks to save the swans?

  9. Bob Croce November 20, 2012 at 10:09 pm #

    No. What I’m saying OG is that the clean up of Crystal Lake can’t be solely accomplished by government. It has to be a partnership between citizens, the private sector, and the city government. The two companies I referenced are just examples of who might be approached. It’s just to make a point that we can’t do this right without leveraging the private sector.

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