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Greylock Glen Funding Celebrated In Adams

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Josh Landes
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WAMC
1st Berkshire District State Representative John Barrett speaks at the Greylock Glen site, in front of elected officials including Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker.

State and local officials gathered at the future site of the long awaited Greylock Glen Recreation and Nature Center in Adams, Massachusetts to celebrate millions in state funding Wednesday.

Governor Charlie Baker and Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito were on hand to recognize the $6.5 million that will make the 50-year-old concept a reality. Democratic State Representative John Barrett of the 1st Berkshire District has been involved in the Greylock Glen project since 1978, and compared it to the economic juggernaut of MASS MoCA in nearby North Adams.

“I honestly believe this is the single most important economic development project that's going to happen over the next 25 years in Northern Berkshire," said Barrett. "I believe that it will be the catalyst to get a lot of other things happening. And I believe because I've seen it happen before.”

Ground is expected to be broken later this year with the project completed in 2022.

Josh Landes has been WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief since February 2018, following stints at WBGO Newark and WFMU East Orange. A passionate advocate for Western Massachusetts, Landes was raised in Pittsfield and attended Hampshire College in Amherst, receiving his bachelor's in Ethnomusicology and Radio Production. His free time is spent with his cat Harry, experimental electronic music, and exploring the woods.
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