Speaker of the House Robert A, DeLeo joined town and Department of Conservation and Recreation officials in cutting the ribbon at a ceremony Wednesday morning at Short Beach, celebrating the conclusion of $4.2 million in improvements that the DCR made along the beach that is located in Winthrop and Revere.
Edward M. Lambert, DCR commissioner, served as master of ceremonies, calling it â€œa great celebration on this wonderful day at Short Beach.â€
Lambert said that the leadership and support of Speaker DeLeo, State Sen. Anthony Petruccelli, and State Rep. Kathi Anne Reinstein was instrumental in the improvement project.
â€œThey have not only made sure that we pay attention to these issues [improvements in the appearance and safety of the beach], but they have given us the resources to do so,â€ said Lambert. â€œAnd thatâ€™s what makes this quite the celebration.â€
Lambert praised DeLeo in his introductory remarks, saying that the Speaker â€œhas always impressed me with his ability not only to understand and pay
attention to the important statewide policy issues, but doesnâ€™t forget his roots and his district.â€
DeLeo jested to the gathering that his speech might be lengthy because â€œIâ€™ve been waiting a lot of years for this and Iâ€™m so proud to be here and join [his fellow state legislators, Winthrop Councillors Larry Powers and Linda Calla, Council President Peter Gill, and Town Manager James McKenna at the ceremony].â€
â€œThis ribbon cutting today represents an achievement for all of us â€“ the beautiful new roadwork, sidewalks, lighting, seawalls, and benches will enhance the ability of the residents of Winthrop and Revere to enjoy this beach,â€ said DeLeo.
â€œThese enhancements in conjunction with the Kilmartin Walkway underscore the physical beauty of our communities. In addition the ribbon-cutting comes at an exciting time for the beaches in our area. I am pleased that the DCR will soon begin an overall renourishment program for Winthrop Beach as well.â€
DeLeo said that both Winthrop and Revere are famous for being coastal communities.
â€œI know the importance first hand of having a beautiful, accessible waterfront,â€ said DeLeo. â€œTo improved, widened sidewalks, new street lighting, and replacement beach ramps, we will make Short Beach more accessible while creating a safer environment for those who visit.â€
DeLeo noted the honor extended to the late John Kilmartin with the naming of the walkway to Belle Isle Marsh Reservation in his memory. Nancy Kilmartin, Mr. Kilmartinâ€™s wife, was present at the ceremony.
â€œThis walkway will serve as a jewel in the town managerâ€™s Walk Winthrop program,â€ said DeLeo. â€œThis will also serve as a tribute to the memory of John Kilmartin who did so much to further the cause of conserving Belle Isle Marsh. Each time residents use this path, they will get close to nature and the legacy of John Kilmartin will be maintained.â€
DeLeo thanked Lambert and DCR employees for â€œtheir hard work on this program.â€ He also thanked Secretary [Rick] Sullivan and former Secretary Bowles and Governor Deval Patrick for their commitment to Short Beach.â€
â€œWe in Winthrop and Revere are truly fortunate to live by the harbor,â€ said DeLeo. â€œWe get the picturesque views and quick walk from our doorsteps to the beach. Now, with these improvements it will be easier and safer to enjoy a day at the beach. Those in our communities deserve no less.â€
The improvements, as listed in the DCRâ€™s official program for the ceremony, include the installation of new, wider sidewalks, repaving of Winthrop Parkway, replacement of the deteriorated seawall cap and beach ramps, installation of new street lighting, creating of a new pathway connection to DCRâ€™s Belle Isle Marsh Reservation, construction of a new parking lot with an improved crosswalk connection to the beach area, installation of beach visitor amenities such as new seating, shower and foot wash, drinking fountains, bike racks, and â€œMutt Mittâ€ dispensers for dog owners.