News that Chelsea will be adding yet another park to its small collection of green public places is extraordinary news.
During the past ten years, City Manager Jay Ash, Representative Gene O’Flaherty and a succession of city councils have all worked together to add a great number of parks in this open space starved little city. The number is nine in all – and this is saying something in a city like Chelsea.
City Councilor Cliff Cunningham has also been instrumental in advocating and working for this new park to be located near to Cary Square on a 7200 square foot footprint where the Tudor Garage stood for about 100 years.
This coming together of leaders doing their work by consortium for the better good of a small neighborhood is what good government is all about.
In this instance, the new park will be a fitting cap to a rapidly changing neighborhood.
The 22 units of new housing going up over the former taxi cab building makes a new bit of open space in that area all the more important.
What might be interesting and even visionary for the neighborhood would be if Ash and Cunningham could persuade the Temple Emmanuel president and directors to open up the grassy space now fenced in at the corner of Cary Avenue and Gardner Street.
Perhaps the city could dream up some kind of quid pro quo situation as this open grassy space appears larger even than the new park going on to the footprint of the former Tudor Garage.
There is, of course, a Jewish War Memorial on the site and this would have to be moved to an appropriate public place – at least where it could be seen and viewed up close by the public, in order to properly memorialize all those who served and those who died during the Second World War.
There is much potential in the greening of Cary Square.