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WLT continues to urge Action
on communications tower impact
into Prospect Hill Park

 

The Waltham Land Trust has been concerned about the communications tower impact into Prospect Hill Park for some time. For background, read our letter we provided to Mayor McCarthy, each Waltham City Councillor, the Waltham Recreation Department, and the Waltham News Tribune in April, 2015. A copy of the letter was given to the Waltham Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) at a public hearing in July.

At the September 15 continuation of the July hearing, the following statement from the Waltham Land Trust Board of Directors was read:

The Waltham Land Trust seeks restoration of damage to the park and an end to the use of our public park for tower access and support. Legal or not, we don't understand how this residential use became commercial without zone changes, permits, or variances.

The case was continued two more times, on November 24 and January 26, when the following statement was submitted to the ZBA Chair to enter into the record:

The Waltham Land Trust Board of Directors strongly urges the Zoning Board of Appeals to vote on the Antico matter this evening. The parties have indicated that whoever loses the ZBA case will take it to Massachusetts Court, causing further delays. The negative impacts this commercial communications tower have had on the City of Waltham's first and largest public park have gone ignored long enough. Please vote against this appeal--tonight.

If you are concerned about the tower, please attend what we REALLY hope will be the final ZBA public hearing on Tuesday, February 9th, at 7 pm at the Government Center, 119 School Street.

For more information, you can read this article, this article, this article, this article, and this latest article from 1/27/2016 in the Waltham Tribune about the ZBA and various lawsuits regarding the tower. Here are some pictures of the encroachment onto Prospect Hill Park.

 

2016 New Year’s Day Hike
Largest Yet!


About 140 people and several leashed dogs tackled an icy trek up to Boston Rock in Prospect Hill Park on New Year’s Day. They were rewarded with amazing views of the distant city’s skyline and delicious snacks provided by the Land Trust. See all the photos and be sure to join us next year!

 



The Waltham Land Trust’s mission is to create a legacy of land conservation in Waltham by promoting, protecting, restoring, and acquiring open space.

We envision growth in public appreciation of natural resources, preservation and restoration of native habitat, and increased biodiversity to foster a healthier environment

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What are the natural features which make a township handsome? A river, with its waterfalls and meadows, a lake, a hill, a cliff or individual rocks, a forest, and ancient trees standing singly. Such things are beautiful; they have a high use which dollars and cents never represent. If the inhabitants of a town were wise, they would seek to preserve these things, though at considerable expense; for such things educate more than any hired teachers or preachers, or at any present recognized system of school education. -- Henry David Thoreau








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About the picture in the banner at the top of the page...

The picture, taken in June of 2005, is of a vernal pool at Berry Farm, an At Risk for development open space parcel next to Prospect Hill Park.


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