, Newburyport, MA

January 17, 2014

No state boat dock in West Newbury

Newburyport Daily News

---- — To the editor:

The contents of this letter was sent to the West Newbury Board of Selectmen from the West Newbury Council on Aging on Nov. 18. The letter was signed by members of the board:

“West Newbury is a small and beautiful town loved for its open space, its greenery and its history.

“When people enter West Newbury from historic Rocks Village and cross historic Rocks Village Bridge, they are greeted by a lovely historic green park with a picnic table and a garden that contains heirloom peonies hybridized by the Thurlow Nursery of long ago. Also a Welcome to West Newbury sign.

The members of the Council on Aging strongly oppose any plan for a parking lot of cars, trailers and boats. We note that it is not unusual in spring for the Merrimack River to swell and flood Church Street. On occasion, it floods this park as well. Having an area that caters to gasoline engines along the beautiful river does not seem like a good conservation practice. We feel that there are ample boating facilities in our surrounding cities.

“We love the aesthetics and history of this very residential area. We urge you not to decimate the area with this intrusion.”

Jacqueline A. Johnston, Chairperson

West Newbury Council on Aging