20 years of lake advocacy – 1991-2011
Wakefield citizens, by combining their efforts and resources, have had a profound impact on the environment of Lake Quannapowitt since the Friends of Lake Quannapowitt (FOLQ) was formed 20 years ago. Our operations are funded totally by volunteered time and small financial donations of members. We have no paid staff and few pieces of equipment. For your tax-deductible charitable dues...
A pond of unity A body of love We hold great esteem To this place of much beauty She holds Walkers, runners, bikers and skaters Making happier those mesmerized by her wonder From a little girl’s first birthday To a grand Fourth of July celebration Creating perfect days Building peace and tranquility We thank her for all she gives For...
What makes a good playground?
When we first began the effort to renovate Col. Connelly Park, we decided that we needed a new and improved playground. Since we have no Scholars of the Recreational Arts on staff, we had to work it out ourselves. Through a mixed sampling of manufacturer catalogs, playground surveys, and a bit of nerdy excess, we came up with some ideas...
A happy demise for the 6th option
Peter Dion, General Manager of the Wakefield Municipal Gas and Light Department (WMGLD) presented five alternatives at the meeting last week. Surprisingly, there was one alternative that was left off the table: the option to do nothing at all. This is welcome progress. Town leaders, the Board of Commissioners, and the General Manager himself all agree that the current arrangement...
Gumby Poles need to go!
Despite horrible weather, the turnout at the utility pole meeting was better than expected. The Selectman’s Meeting room was standing room only, and a few people had to lean in to listen from the outside. Even though it was technically a regular WMGLD meeting, General Manager Peter Dion spoke at length to answer most of questions and concerns from the...
Public Forum on Oversized Utility Poles to be Held January 18th
On January 18, 2010, the Wakefield Municipal Gas and Light Department (WMGLD) will host a public forum in response to widespread complaints and criticism of its recent installation of oversized, rectangular utility poles at Colonel Connelly Park located at the head of Lake Quannapowitt. Colonel Connelly Park and the neighboring Gertrude Spaulding Park encompass newly created green space that is...
A place for Friends of Lake Quannapowitt
Welcome to the Friends of Lake Quannapowitt blog. There are a wide variety of topics that will be addressed on these pages. We hope you find the discussion here up-to-date and informative. Lakeside issues can bring out strong feelings. We welcome spirited discussion, but we will not stand by offensive material. Please keep the tone of your comments respectful and...