Athletic field named in honor of former city solicitor John D. McElhiney

The City Council recently voted unanimously to name the city’s newly completed multipurpose athletic field at Whispering Hills in honor of former city solicitor John D. McElhiney. A former city councilor and a local historian, McElhiney was serving as city solicitor at the time of his death in September 2011. The council acted at the request of Mayor Scott D. Galvin and council president Paul Denaro. In a letter to the council outlining the request, Galvin and Denaro noted that McElhiney was “instrumental in our work to negotiate the 2010 purchase of 74.5 acres at Whispering Hill so that this recreational land could be preserved and enjoyed by generations to come.” They said that work was one of “a long line of examples of service and devotion to Woburn during his lifetime.” Others, according to Galvin and Denaro, included McElhiney’s effort to create the pedestrian walkway surrounding Horn Pond, and his service as president of the Woburn Rotary Club, the Woburn Boys and Girls Club, and the Woburn Council of Social Concern, and as a founding director and president of the Woburn Historical Society.