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Aug 10

New Public Safety Building Project Website

Posted on August 10, 2018 at 3:17 PM by Michael Herbert

In an effort to get more information out to the public with regards to a new joint public safety building for our Police and Fire Departments, we have established a dedicated website to the project.

Currently the website hosts the 2008 needs assessment, the 2017-2018 site selection study and opinion on probable costs, and documents some of the existing conditions at the sites. It also contains news articles about the project.

The new website can be found here:

The Public Safety Building Committee is looking for members. One the website you also have the opportunity to fill out a Talent Bank application if you wish to serve.

I hope that you visit the site often as we put out more information about the project. And don't forget to stop by the Open House at the downtown Police and Fire Stations on August 11 between 1 and 4pm.
Aug 08

New YMCA in Ashland

Posted on August 8, 2018 at 6:04 PM by Beth Reynolds

Many of you have already had an opportunity to experience the great facilities at the MetroWest YMCA’s Family Outdoor Center in Hopkinton. And some of you have had experiences at the MetroWest YMCA’s facility in Framingham.

Over the last couple of years, leaders from the MetroWest YMCA have been exploring the possibility of another facility to directly service the Ashland/Hopkinton/Holliston area. A full-service facility would have amenities that we have talked about in Ashland including a pool and a gym. The YMCA is also a type of organization that can partner with the town’s schools, recreation programs, and senior services in a way that only enhances and not just competes with those departments.

Given this, the YMCA is looking for a community to partner with and not necessarily just a plot of land to build on. They want to go to a place that they are welcomed into, as building a YMCA requires fundraising from regular people like you and me that want to have one in their community. In short, if the community doesn’t want them there, they are not going to force their way in.

I am reaching out to see if Ashland residents would be interested in having a YMCA here. Please let me know if that is something you support or not. Alternatively, you can email me at Thanks for your help.

-Michael Herbert, Town Manager