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The Allston Brighton Friends of Daly Field, Inc., chaired by Simmons College will present to the public on September 10th a draft proposal for the lease and development of Daly Field. At a second public meeting tentatively slated for September 25th, DCR will present a draft lease agreement for public comment.

Some of CRWA's concerns about possible lease terms include issues related to parking, transportation, stormwater runoff, public access, use, and benefits, compliance with the state’s “no net loss” of public trust lands’  policy and public riverfront access. We are also concerned about the state receiving a fair market rent for this conversion of public park lands to private uses.

Please attend these public meetings to let your voice be heard.

The Daly Field proposal is also currently going through the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) review process. The next step in the MEPA process is for Simmons to submit an Environmental Impact Report in accordance with the Secretary of Environmental Affairs comprehensive scoping document.     

Read our MEPA comments.


Let your voice be heard! 

Public Meetings

September 10, 2013, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
September 25, 2013, 6:30-8:00 p.m. (tentative)

Community Rowing Boathouse
20 Nonantum Road, Brighton, MA

View DCR's full announcement

DCR will welcome public comments on the draft proposal through September 20 by email or mail.

DCR Office of Public Outreach
251Causeway Street, 6th Floor
Boston, MA 02114.


Last summer, CRWA reported a troubling situation with Daly Field, 7+-acres of public parkland along the Charles River off Nonantum Road in Brighton.

in 2012, A bill filed near the end of the legislative session was enacted (Ch. 223 of the Acts of 2012), allowing (but not requiring) the Commissioner of the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) to enter into a long-term lease of this Charles River parkland for Simmons College to build a high intensity sports complex for its use.

This development would complete the privatization of 1/3 mile of riverfront public trust land (Article. 97 land). The proposed complex includes two artificial turf fields, a baseball diamond, 5 tennis courts, a running track, locker rooms, concessions stands, and football stadium lighting.

None of these athletic uses require proximity to the river; this complex could be located anywhere in Boston. 

Existing Daly Field site   Planned high intensity sports complex

The Act gives Simmons, Brighton High football and Allston-Brighton Little League exclusive use of fields at prime recreation times, excluding the public.

The law

  • Was passed without public or environmental reviews
  • Shuts the public out of weeknights and limits weekend use
  • Calls for a 30-year lease for a one-time payment of $500,000, or less than $1,400/mo

Learn more about Daly Field.

For more information contact Margaret Van Deusen.

Page updated August 29, 2013