Work has begun on the town’s new recreation area along Quaker Meetinghouse Road, next door to the new public safety complex.
It’s going to include a skate park to replace the old problem-riddled one that the town demolished across the street. It’s also going to have six pickleball courts and two tennis courts and eventually paved walking trails
In all, the complex is expected to cost just about $2 million.
But a look at the overall site from a bird’s-eye view shows something missing.
From this aerial vantage point, one can see that there are no crosswalks in the vicinity of the new facility. And with Stop & Shop just across the street and other businesses nearby, we foresee people wanting to cross the four lanes of Quaker Meetinghouse Road for a cool drink or a snack.
But where to cross?
This site is an island without a crossing.
Granted, there are crosswalks at the intersection of Quaker and Cotuit, but they are on the opposite side of that intersection.
The town needs to get the department of public works out there before the recreation area opens to establish some crosswalks and install warning signs to drivers.
We don’t want to have another tragedy like the one two years ago near the other Stop & Shop, when two women were struck and killed trying to cross Route 6A at what was later determined to be a deficient crossing.