Limit of work shows many trees will be taken down for the pedestrian bridge. Taking all these trees down changes the canopy of the area that is so important for the herring and the birds including osprey. Trees also provide sound barriers.
With the pedestrian bridge going over the herring run, there is a big concern over the pelletized infill from the synthetic field being put in the herring run regularly, as the children, parents and visitors walk across the bridge to go home.
The location of the proposed pedestrian bridge is in the middle of the forested area next to the herring run. This is not the place for this bridge.
Salt Marsh history on the site of Pingree School. Prior to the installation of the artificial turf fields, the Pingree fields were part of the Back River ecology and provided a food and rest stop for migrating robins. With these artificial turf fields, the area with the fields across the river from here is now a biological and ecological desert.
Trees in the area are all connected. If these trees are taken down, there is no way to recreate this environment without irreparably damaging the herring run.
With this area being secluded, safety is a concern.