Readers have been curious about the giant tarp and skating rink-like structure that has risen at the St. James the Great property in Wellesley on Rte. 9. And while the town is planning to erect a skating rink, swimming pool and more on the space, this current project is actually related to dredging at Morses Pond. Sediment from the pond will be pumped through the end of this year into the St. James structure, where it will settle in “geotubes.” Clean water will be pumped back to the pond and the yucky stuff will be shipped off site through April. Clean sand will be distributed to the town beach. Swimming, canoeing, kayaking, etc., should be avoided during the dredging period.
St. James parishioners ended their 7+ year vigil over the summer, and the town has agreed to purchase the property for $3.8 million, with plans to turn it into a recreational area.