Brookline Park & Recreation Commission Meeting
Cypress Field Renovation
Tuesday, December 12, 6-9 pm
Town Hall, Room 103

A scoping session at the Park & Recreation Commission meeting will help determine the Commission’s vote on whether to include synthetic turf or an improved natural grass field in the Community Improvement Program for Cypress Field. The land that was to become Cypress Street Playground was bought in 1871 “to be used, improved and maintained for the public use forever, as and for a Public Square, Park, Common or Playground, not otherwise.” Considered to be one of the first sites in the country acquired for the purpose of establishing municipal playgrounds, Cypress Playground is now a multi-use park eligible to be on the National Register of Historic Places.

While sensitive to the need for playing time for athletics, Brookline GreenSpace Alliance, the Friends of Cypress Street Playground (sign their online petition in favor of an improved natural grass field), and 14 of the 15 Town Meeting members in the precinct in which the park is located are supporters of the use of natural grass. All have voiced concerns about a change in the character of the field and artificial turf limiting its use for the community, and especially health and environmental concerns.

The public is encouraged to submit comments in writing or in person at the meeting. Please attend this important meeting to learn more about the issues and have your voice heard.