The Friends of Daly Field are having a meeting to present their plan to transform the property into a multi-use sports site. It would be paid for by Simmons College, and in return the school would gain exclusive use of the property during certain times, as would Brighton High School and the Allston-Brighton Little League. While it is not a done deal, it seems likely that the Department of Conservation & Recreation will approve it. The Friends would hold the lease, subject to the terms of legislation that was passed in August.
The Friends website does not list its board members.
CORRECTION: The board of directors is listed here.
The meeting is Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at 6:00 pm at Brighton High School, 25 Warren Street, Brighton.
It is crucial that there is strong oversight by the state. Once private entities get control of property, it is hard ensure that they allow public access and keep all their commitments. Harvard and the YMCA have long-term leases on their local properties (500 and 99 years, respectively). Harvard’s Allston gates are closed to the community and the Y reserves its health club to paying members and bailed on many promises.