November 25, 2008

children's ballpark runs into the Massachusetts Endangered Species Act

By children's ballpark runs into the Massachusetts Endangered Species Act

Today's Boston Globe contains an interesting story on how a good idea got entangled in a bureaucratic mess.  Nearly ten years is apparently not enough to get a project for the benefit of children approved under the Massachusetts Endangered Species Act.  Babe Ruth would not be happy:

Babe Ruth's only living daughter, Julia Ruth Stevens, 92 – a Red Sox fan and board member for Mini-Fenway Park – says her legendary father wouldn't be happy about the delay.

"I think he would be frustrated," she said from her Arizona home. "I don't think I could use the language that he would, but I think he would think it was just plain stupid."

Stevens was in Quincy last summer for the Babe Ruth World Series, and toured the site.

"It's a place where children can come and play and they have a wonderful place to do it in," she said. "I just can't see how they can hold up a thing like that.

"I'm all for nature and extending the lifetime of various little things of various species, but I really do think that people take precedence over that.

"This is a wonderful, wonderful project. Somebody needs to light a fire under them. Everyone concerned with it is ready to go, but the state government is holding them up."

 

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