Boys & Girls Club waterfront, boat dock dedicated to Greeley

Youngsters hold paddles high at Spy Pond.Youngsters hold paddles high at Spy Pond.

The Arlington Boys & Girls Club has dedicated its newly renovated boating waterfront to the late Kevin Greeley, the veteran public official who long supported the club.

The funds for the renovations were donated by Greeley's friends.

Under a beautiful blue sky in late August with the sun sparkling off the pond, club board members, staff and family and friends of Greeley dedicated the boating waterfront.

A statement from the club Friday, Sept. 20, said Greeley "loved the club, frequenting it as a boy and then serving as a longtime member of the board of directors.

"After Kevin’s service on the board, he continued to be a strong and exuberant advocate for the club in his capacity as Select Board member."

He served on the board, earlier called the Board of Selectmen, since 1989. Kevin Greeley marker.

At one time, Greeley lived across the Pond from the club and "always had a strong connection to Spy Pond," the statement said.

The waterfront renovations included beautiful plantings, a new surface and picnic tables.

The waterfront and dock are a huge attraction in the summer and have enhanced the club’s summer offerings.

Now, with a special boating pass and a swim test in the pool, youngsters can sign out kayaks, Sunfish sailboats, pedal boats and paddle boards.

Lifeguards and club staff are assigned to the waterfront to familiarize participants with each of the watercraft and to teach youth how to use them. The club’s Special Olympics program uses the dock as well.

The club’s boating waterfront allows access to a resource to which youngsters would never have access, providing the opportunity to sail, kayak or paddle board in their backyard.

"The renovations open up the club to the pond, offering a picturesque and functional transition from inside to out -- and a great space for hanging out waterside," the statement said.

"Greeley was a great mentor and example to club members and staff with his positive attitude and dedication to the club. Staff like to believe they see Kevin’s mischievous glint in the shimmer of the sun off the pond."

Nov. 24, 2018: Kevin Greeley, longtime Select Board member, laid to rest

This news announcement was published Friday, Sept. 20, 2019.

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