WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2015

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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Play time: The ice rink cometh SPORTS TOWN: Wellesley's future NHL stars will no longer have to trek out of town to practice and play "home games." The site of the former St. James Church on Route 9 is expected to be home to an athletic complex that will include an indoor skating facility. The site could accommo- date fitness studios, an indoor pool and a bubble-topped athletic area for soccer and basketball. But that would be a tight fit, so the all-weather fields and courts could wind up on the "North 40" parcel, which the town just agreed to buy from Wellesley College. HIT THE BEACH: At Morses Pond, you'll find the beach area more manicured and the pond itself more swimmer friendly. As you wade in, the bottom will slope down more gradually. Weeds on the beach's seabed might finally be tamed by placing a fabric lining on the pond bottom, cov- ered by a layer of sand. Facilities in the beach house will be expanded to include indoor showers and lockers. Picnic lunches could be supplemented with hot dogs, sandwiches and ice cream from a new concession stand. The current success of movie nights at the pond could lead to reg- ular nightly programming in the summer. With the addition of a boating club, the pond's sea- son could be extended into fall. Imagine kayaking or sailing as you take in the autumn color and a "parade at the pond" with decorated sea vessels. TURF'S UP: Football games at Wellesley High School will have more of "that championship feel- ing" after the gridiron undergoes a major overhaul. To accommodate other sports like soccer and lacrosse, the field will be widened. Artificial turf will replace the grass, so foul weather no longer will play havoc with schedules. A new building by the field will house restrooms for fans; concession stands; a changing room for the players; and equipment storage. Enhancing the field's stadium-like feel — and shielding neighbors from the commotion — will be a brick wall, new trees, wrought iron fencing and/or a grass berm. While the crystal ball is fuzzy on this, night games may be a possibility — especially if neighbors could be assured that lights won't shine into their windows. Advanced technology already is leading to more energy efficient and better focused illumination. Well before 2025, such lighting should be in place at the tennis and multipurpose fields next to Washington Street. MEANWHILE IN WESTON: A decade from now, where that rusting hulk of the old Field School stands, students will be playing soccer and baseball. For a less vigorous workout, you can walk a trail looping around the entire Case campus, which consists of the library, community center, the new Field School and the central administrative office. That last building used to be the summer home of the Case family, who in the 19th century owned the entire property. Imagine how the Cases would react had they been able to jump into a time machine. A Trip to 2025 98 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 5 { }

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