Recycled from the Arlington Advocate:
It was almost [eight] years ago, during the summer of 2000, when several neighbors met for the first time with Jack about the neglected and deteriorated condition of Waldo Park. While we subsequently organized neighbors to do a park clean-up, Jack worked with various town departments to address late night loitering and repair existing play equipment that was unsafe.
Later, in 2003, with town funds stretched to the limit, Jack identified federal community development block grant funds to re-build the park and successfully proposed their use for this purpose to the Board of Selectmen. Throughout the design and construction process, Jack regularly consulted with us [Waldo Park Working Group] and collaborated with town officials to ensure the project’s successful completion.
Today, the park is transformed. When it officially re-opens this spring (2006) after major renovations, it will truly realize its potential as a welcoming and safe gathering place for the community. Without Jack’s active and ongoing involvement, Waldo Park’s dramatic revitalization simply would not have happened.
Jack’s work on the park is but one example of his commitment to Arlington’s neighborhoods, his attention to quality of life issues, and his ability to work effectively with residents and officials to produce real results. His skills and leadership are not only a great asset to our neighborhood, but to the town as a whole.