Town Looks to Step Up Security at Varney Park
The town has assigned a police officer to the area every day.
In light of an incident two weeks ago in which a man was assaulted with a baseball bat, the town is looking to make the area more secure.
Town Manager Paul Cohen told selectmen last night a police officer has been assigned to the area during the day and will remain there until Labor Day. Currently the beach is closed due to a high bacteria count.
Cohen said the officer lately has been there informing people that the beach is closed, while the lifeguards have all be re-assigned to Heart Pond.
"The beach may not be re-opened for another few days, because of the recent rain the Board of Health wanted to let it settle for a little bit before testing it again," said Cohen.
Cohen said there have been no incidents at the area since that altercation two weeks ago.
"Also we're looking at what it would cost to install security cameras, that might be an effective solution as well," he said.
The deed for the land, which can be viewed as a PDF to the right, requires the land be left open to the public and therefore it cannot be residents only. The deed reads: "The land described in this deed is presented by me to the Town of Chelmsford with the express reservation and condition that it be forever kept open as and for a public playground or recreation center."