By DAVE BOUCHARD Haunted by potential storage facility, Save Sand Pond rallied the neighborhood for Halloween fundraiser on Oct. 24. With day after day of sunny, hot weather and so many families deciding to play it safe and stay close to home due to
Haunted by potential storage facility, Save Sand Pond rallied the neighborhood for Halloween fundraiser on Oct. 24.
With day after day of sunny, hot weather and so many families deciding to play it safe and stay close to home due to COVID-19, the path and beach at Sand Pond in the Massasoit Terrace neighborhood of Norwood saw more than its fair share of traffic this summer. As the days grew shorter and the temperature began to drop, it seemed like it was time to give the pond a much-needed break from such a busy summer.
But Save Sand Pond, an organization founded several years ago to protect and preserve Sand Pond, sponsored a Halloween fundraiser. The event, Spooky Path, delighted visitors of all ages.
During the day, preparations along the path proceeded non-stop and included ways to encourage social distancing and the wearing of masks by Creative Directors, Sean Dunn and Jane Allsworth. A one-way route from near the historical cemetery on Sand Pond Road to the end of the path on Puritan Drive near Pilgrim Drive was carefully laid out. Plastic water jugs were transformed into illuminated guideposts, as lights and garland hung from fences. Trick or treaters, most of whom were dressed up in elaborate costumes were spooked by ghosts, skeletons, spiders, and a host of other ghastly creatures.
Neighbors and residents of Sand Pond volunteered their time as living exhibits, getting into character as swamp monsters, werewolves, witches, and grim reapers.
By the end of the night, it was difficult to determine who had more fun: visiting kids, adult chaperones, or the Save Sand Pond volunteers.
Save Sand Pond is advocating for the preservation and protection of the pond against the proposed 3-story, 630-unit self-storage facility to be built at Pond Plaza on Post Road. Should the city allow this center, an environmental threat looms, as well as the elimination of the pond’s attractive features.