MSH committee update – opening & survey results

Medfield State Hospital Master Plan Committee Update

Please Join Us For The

Opening of the Medfield Charles River Gateway
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Friday, October 30, 2015 at 10:30 a.m.
At the former Medfield State Hospital
Enter on Hospital Road via Harding Street
Please join Division of Capital Asset Maintenance and Management, Department of Conservation and Recreation, the Town of Medfield, Sen. James Timilty, Rep. Denise C. Garlick, Charles River Watershed Association and The Trustees of Reservations as we celebrate the largest restoration project in the Charles River Watershed, protecting drinking water, creating trails and a canoe/kayak launch, and restoring floodplain and acres of wildlife habitat along the iconic Charles River.

Enter off Hospital Road at the entrance by the security trailer, and follow signs into the campus to the parking lot.

Lee Chapel at MSH

Lee Chapel at MSH

20150920_MSH canoe launch

Survey #2 Results

Thank you to Pat Casey, Teresa James and Jean Mineo, with data analysis assistance from Olivia Taylor and Marykate McNeil, for their efforts in conducting and summarizing the Survey #2 data.

MSHMPC Lightning Survey #2 was conducted via Survey Monkey from July 30 – August 9, 2015. The survey received 1,084 responses.

This second survey focused on topics related to the most frequently mentioned “DREAMS” and “NIGHTMARES” from Survey #1: Open Space / Recreation and Housing. The survey was promoted through email newsletters issued by MSHVision, Park and Rec and Cultural Alliance of Medfield. A link to the survey was also listed and shared through the MSHVision Facebook page, Selectman DeSorgher and Selectman Peterson’s blogs, and shared with town officials in Dover, Sherborn, Millis, Walpole and Westwood. Flyers were posted at Zullo, Starbucks, Blue Moon, Park Street Books & Toys, the Library, and the Council on Aging. Hard copies were made available at the library and at the Council on Aging; none were completed.

Executive Summary
(note: number in parentheses correspond to answers to related questions which are on a scale from 1 (strongly disagree) to 5 (strongly agree) with 3 being neutral)

o With regard to open space and recreation, respondents:

  •  Lean slightly away from private development and operation of facilities (2.87)
  •  Believe strongly that recreational facilities should be for all ages (4.13)
  •  Support a social space for teens (3.89)
  •  Are interested in a pool (3.49)
  •  Lean toward self-funding of facilities through fees (3.21)

o With regard to housing, respondents:

  •  Have a strong desire to minimize impact on schools (4.04)
  •  Believe there should be options for families to downsize & stay in town (3.58)
  •  Lean toward providing housing for teachers and public servants and other with income below 80% of Medfield’s average income level (3.25)
  •  Lean against proactively addressing 40B (low to moderate income) requirements (2.58)
  •  Are generally against providing more rental options (2.43)
  •  Want to minimize housing footprint to allow for open space (3.78)

Full results of the survey will be available on the web site.

To sign up for our weekly email blasts, get more information,or schedule a MSHMPC representative to speak with your Club or Organization please contact Sarah Raposa, Medfield Town Planner at

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