Action Alert: Wildlife Threatened

Take Action: Skating Rink Proposed on Critical Habitat




A proposed ice rink could be built on parkland and destroy critical habitat.

Or it could be built on already developed land.

Please contact the Secretary of the Executive Office of Environmental Affairs and let him know that you want to protect wildlife and its habitat.  Let him know that the ice rink should be built on already developed land.

Secretary Matthew A. Beaton
Executive Office of Environmental Affairs
100 Cambridge Street, Suite 900
Boston, MA 02114

Click for Sample Letter


The part of the Blue Hills called Indian Line Farm and the nearby Farnham-Connolly Memorial Park are two of four sites where the Department of Conservation and Recreation is considering building a rink to replace the Canton rink which collapsed in 2015.

Both these sites have a state designation, testifying to how critical the habitat is to wildlife, including migratory birds, like the bluebird pictured above, as well as pollinators like butterflies and bees.  Many species rely on this habitat for survival.

The part of the Blue Hills called Indian Line Farm and the nearby Farnham-Connolly Memorial Park have a number of striking similarities.  Both were contaminated sites that the state spent millions to clean-up.  Both sit within the Fowl Meadow-Ponkapoag Area of Critical Environmental Concern, a designation established by the state for a property’s valuable natural and cultural resources.

The skating rink is a valuable recreational resource for the community. Fortunately, DCR need not choose between the priorities of recreation and habitat preservation.  The other two potential rink sites under consideration include the original location on Route 138 and the Norwood town pool.  There are surely other sites that would be suitable for an ice rink and protect wildlife.

Learn more about the part of the Blue Hills called Indian Line Farm.

Learn more about Farnham-Connolly Memorial Park.


Indian Line Farm: Rich history and current threat

Farnham-Connolly Memorial Park: History and Threat


3 Responses to “Action Alert: Wildlife Threatened”

  1. Hale Smith says:

    DCR should honor its conservation mandate and limit construction of a new rink to an existing “brown field” site.

    ===Hale Smith

  2. Gil sullivan says:

    Re build old collapsed property

    No need or benefit to re invent the wheel

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