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September 14, 2013

Residents, city working together to keep new rest area clean, safe

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“Next year we’ll put in a security gate with a remote control lock,” the mayor said. “You can’t ask volunteers to open and close the park forever.”

Fiorentini said there have been no incidents at the rest area since it was reopened in June.

“The only complaint I’ve had is that people want more of the area open,” Fiorentini said. “I don’t want to open the area close to Methuen, as that’s where the problems were years ago. But we did clear the area to see it better from the street. We cut back trees and brush to make it visible.”

Fiorentini said he’d like to see some improvements made that will make it easier for people to launch kayaks and canoes and to fish.

“The more people that use it, the safer and better it will be,” Fiorentini said. “What you don’t want is an isolated park. That’s when you have problems.”

Last Saturday morning, LeBlond along with Stephen Breen, Judi Poirier and Jim Ferguson — all regular volunteers — met at the rest area for a general clean up. Poirier brought coffee, Breen brought cornbread and LeBlond brought hot apple cider donated by Mann Orchards in Methuen. They offered the treats to everyone who dropped by.

Poirier also brought a pumpkin decoration and 12 bundles of eight corn stalks each donated by Srybny Farms. She tied them to a bulletin board in the center of the park while Ferguson attached some stalks to posts at the entrance and in other areas.

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