John Johnson Remembered

Shaw Lively- Candidate for Parks and Recreation Commission

by Press Release
May 19, 2018

About Me

A Holliston resident for 22 years, my 2 children are graduates of the Holliston schools and I have coached on all the fields we provide for our youth teams. I regularly bike, row, ski, and hike the great recreational resources we have here in town.

Expertise and Experience

I’d like to add my energy and expertise to the continued growth of quality programs and restore the parks to “crown jewel” assets for Holliston’s property values.  

Early in my career I was a nationally certified (ACA) camp director and developed outdoor education and recreation programs for schools and the community in upstate New York and directed a regional community nature center.  A 2-term member of the Conservation Commission, I have experience working within the town government and resources, and understand how a volunteer citizen group can effectively steward town resources for multiple interests and constituencies. If anyone is wondering I am not related in any way to the gubernatorial candidate with the same last name.

First Year Priorities

  1. We will soon be receiving the consultant prepared Master Plan recommendations. Through public input, we need to prioritize them into achievable discrete, fundable initiatives.  We must ensure the Master Plan supports the continued evolution of the Washington Street building as a programing and community hub, and directs investment into foundational resources like our fields, beaches, parks to achieve the best possible platform for programs and resident enjoyment.
  2. I will work to improve collaboration and synergies with other boards, committees, constituencies e.g. Conservation Commission, HYBSA, Open Space Committee, School Committee, etc.  We should hold annual joint meetings to share new initiatives, explore joint projects, and receive feedback on Master Plan priorities.
  3. Continue to expand programs for residents – target new venues, new interest areas and new groups of residents.

Specific interests of mine:

  1. Improve access of Lake Winthrop. Establishing an affordable boat rental program at Stoddard Park, and have secure storage at Pleasure Point for resident owned canoes, kayaks, etc.
  2. “Connect the Core” -  connect the Washington Street building, and Pleasure Point and Goodwill Parks using the Rail Trail corridor and connecting streets with appropriate signage and safety measures. Revisit extending Norfolk Street sidewalk to the Patoma/Stoddard complex.
  3. Finish the buildout of the new tennis and basketball courts at Patoma with a safety and security plan, address the trash issue, improve amenities (seasonal rest room, benches, court maintenance.)

  I hope you will vote for candidates of your choice on May 22 and give me consideration to represent you on the Parks and Recreation Commission.  

 

 

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