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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