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lawrence harmon

Privatization of Brighton field would set bad precedent

Broken goal posts frame Daly Field in Brighton. The high school football players disappeared decades ago. Today, filthy Canada geese march up and down the field. There are plenty of run-down properties in the portfolio of the state Department of Conservation and Recreation. But Daly Field is right up there in terms of deferred maintenance.

A plan to restore the park is gaining strength in the Legislature. Simmons College, which is starved for playing surfaces for its athletes, would assume financial responsibility for the field. The college is prepared to commit $5 million in capital improvements and $250,000 annually for maintenance. State and local officials from Brighton are rooting loudly for this deal.

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