Abington: Future of local farm land still uncertain

Since 1998, Abington has been uncertain about what to do with the 64-acre property known as Griffin’s Dairy Farm.  The town bought the land for $750,000 hoping to keep the space open for future investments–but no moves have been made.

The Griffin’s Dairy Committee was created by Abington selectmen to figure out what should or can be done with the former farm. Monday night the committee met with interested residents, including Chair of Abington Park and Recreation Steve Wakeland, to hear suggestions about how to appropriately move forward. Ideas of turning the open space into a youth practice field or new farm were discussed in the meeting.

Wakeland believes the open land could solve many problems for youth sports that are running out of space, “If we can move one or two of the organizations down to practice at Griffin’s, than that opens up the fields for the groups that don’t have to move down there. So yes, I think it could benefit everyone.”

Chair of the committee, Richard Donovan, wants the property to remain open land, “You can put the soccer fields in and you can always get back to open spaces there. But if we did any building, I don’t think that would be a good idea.”

Once the committee has reviewed all possible outcomes, they will make a recommendation to the Abington Board of Selectmen about how to move forward.

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About Trisha McNeilly

With a Bachelor’s Degree in American Studies from the University of Massachusetts-Boston under her belt, Trisha McNeilly joins us full-time as a general assignment and breaking news reporter having previously interned for WBZ-1030 AM in Boston. A South Shore resident her whole life, McNeilly grew up in Pembroke and is 22-years old.