Braintree: Petersen Pool Project Approved in Milestone Vote

Finally, after 54 long years, a major decision was made in Braintree Thursday night as the planning board approved a special permit for the long-awaited Petersen Pool/Skating Rinks project at the high school.

Braintree Mayor Joe Sullivan says it’s a great day for the town

“This is a ‘milestone moment’ for our community. In 1964, Captain Petersen offered $65,000 to the town and in doing so, set us on a course to build a community pool. Unfortunately, it’s taken 54 years to get to this point.

We’ve had this plan fully scrutinized over the past 2 years at its location at Braintree High School, so we’ve spent about 24 months on this proposal.

The plan has to work and the facility has to work, and I think we’ve come to an agreement this evening that this will work on behalf of our town,” the Mayor said.

Kim Driscoll has two kids in Braintree Youth Hockey and she’s extremely happy that the town will finally have those hockey rinks.

“We’re really excited. We’re very happy. Especially with the boards. We definitely appreciate all their time and effort. They’re going to have something here that will follow this decision and follow them as well as us, our kids, and their kids. Especially for Braintree Youth Hockey!” Kim exclaimed.

The project is expected to begin in June or July and be complete in about 14 to 16 months.

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John Penny is a town news reporter at WATD. He primarily covers stories in the towns of Marshfield, Cohasset, Scituate, Norwell, Hingham, Abington and Quincy.