ADAMS — With a newly laid foundation behind them, officials gathered Tuesday at the future Greylock Glen Outdoor Recreation and Nature Center to celebrate a project more than 50 years in the making.
“I’m a proud steward here of the proud city of Adams – and this is a great day for us,” said Jay Green, steward of Adams.
Well over 100 people joined a dozen officials for the event, including Gov. Charlie Baker, Lt. gov. Karyn Polito, Secretary of Energy and Environment Beth Card and Doug Rice, Commissioner for the State Department of Conservation and Recreation.
Baker and Polito, who are not seeking re-election, cited the importance of the project.
Governor Charlie Baker speaks during a groundbreaking ceremony for the Greylock Glen Outdoor Recreation and Nature Center in Adams on Tuesday. “It was important to us that we have the opportunity to celebrate this project given how long people have been working on it,” Baker said.
Lt. gov. Karyn Polito speaks during a groundbreaking ceremony for the Greylock Glen Outdoor Recreation and Nature Center in Adams on Tuesday.
“It was important to us that we have the opportunity to celebrate this project given how long people have been working on it and how important it is to this part of Massachusetts,” Baker said.
As of July 2021, the state has provided over $9 million in bonds to propel the project forward. The building, due for completion next year, will be the first component of the city’s planned Greylock Glen Resort, a recreational area at the base of Mount Greylock.
Designed by Maclay Architects, the center will be carbon-free through the installation of solar panels on the roof and in the carport area, and will use high-efficiency heat pumps for heating and cooling and LED lighting.
Polito described the new center as an “extraordinary asset” that will boost trade and connect people with nature. She applauded local officials for their unity and perseverance. They are people, she said, who are willing to “find a solution and implement it” when they encounter obstacles.
Green mentioned the challenges and hard work it took to bring the project to fruition. The Baker/Polito government approved $6.5 million for the construction of the building last year. As early as December, Green turned to the administration with a request. “We just need a little bit more to get over the finish line,” he said. With additional help from the administration, they were able to start construction.
Governor Charlie Baker, eighth from left, was present at the ceremony along with Lt. gov. Karyn Polito, seen to Baker’s right.
Greylock Glen, nestled at the base of Mount Greylock, the state’s highest peak, encompasses over 1,000 acres bordering DCR’s 12,500-acre Mount Greylock State Reservation. The area includes an extensive network of trails through open fields and forested slopes with recreational opportunities such as hiking, mountain biking, cross country skiing and snowmobiling.
Selected board members, along with legislators and state officials, took to the podium to commemorate the project and reflect on the long journey to get there.
“It’s no longer a dream, it’s a reality,” said John Duval, Adams Select’s CEO. He said he hoped the project would be a “catalyst” for other outdoor recreation opportunities.
About a hundred people attended a groundbreaking ceremony for the Greylock Glen Outdoor Recreation and Nature Center in Adams on Tuesday.
Card, Minister for Energy and Environment Affairs, commented on how the site offers incredible natural resources where residents and visitors can immerse themselves in the environment Mount Greylock offers, where outdoor recreation and natural habitats and ecosystems can be combined.
“We know that when people have access to wonderful places like this, their appreciation for it, their interest in investing in it and protecting it grows, and it’s just a benefit to all of us in Massachusetts,” Card said. “With the impact of climate change on the front lines, it’s so exciting that we’re going to have an energy efficient and green building here. We need more models of this across Massachusetts.”
Rep. John Barrett III said when funding for the project was announced last year, he was a little “choked up”.
“This project means so much,” said Barrett. “Like a fine wine, this project has only gotten better over time. I’ve seen it evolve from gambling to an environmentally sensitive project.”