Op-Ed: Take the Time to Express Your Opinion on Framingham’s Future Open Space & Recreation Opportunities

By Sarah Burns, Bob Berman & Adam Freudberg

FRAMINGHAM – Everyone is super busy.  We get that.  As parents of seven kids between our three families we are totally swamped!  Yet now, this week offers a unique opportunity, the first in six years for our voices to be collectively put in front of our city’s decision-makers as they update Framingham’s Open Space and Recreation Plan.

Do you want bike paths?  A splash park?  Turf fields?  A dog park?  To protect open space?  Public-Private partnerships to maximize government funding? 

Then all you have to do is one thing without leaving your phone, tablet, or computer.  And if you have some bonus time, two things!



Thing #1: Fill out this anonymous survey for decision makers to have your feedback before the end of this month.  It took us less than 10 minutes to participate:


https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc27LGMVbAmb9kO5daL4P_z7orxIdWdT2Xcn4SY9_grmMWj-Q/viewform 

Thing #2: Attend the Public Visioning Workshop This Wednesday 
From the City: “A Public Visioning Workshop will be held on May 22, from 6-8 p.m. at the Main Library, Costin Room (149 Lexington Street). 

 Come learn about the Open Space & Recreation Plan and provide valuable input on current amenities – or lack thereof – and the future of our open space and recreational gems.” 


RSVP at https://www.framinghamma.gov/1510/Open-Space-and-Recreation-Plan 

Our new city’s strategic planning efforts are in full swing.  

And our city has made wonderful improvements in recent years.  

Just look at the Skate Park, Loring Arena, Rail Trail, and the plethora of recreation, athletic, and exercise programs offered every year with options for all ages.  Those initiatives come from surveys and visioning workshops such as these. 


We all plan on living in Framingham for decades.  We want our limited tax dollars to be invested in areas with high utilization and high returns on investment.  We took the time to speak up now, so we hopefully don’t have to complain later when we have to drive outside city limits in traffic when it all could have been built in Framingham.  Can you join us? 

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Sarah Burns is a mother of two, Founder of the Framingham Youth Sports Council, and Secretary of Framingham Baseball League.  

Bob Berman is a father of two, serves as a Parks and Recreation Commissioner, and has coached in many of the Framingham youth sports programs.  

Adam Freudberg is a father of three and is a Framingham School Committee Member.  These are their own personal views and are not written on behalf of any committee or organization.

Framingham Source Editor Susan Petroni

Susan Petroni Framingham Source Editor Email: editor@FraminghamSource.com Phone: 508-315-7176

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