I firmly believe that like Seward’s Folly (the purchase of Alaska) that Mayor Al Lavender’s ill-fated host agreement with DEP’s favorite trash mafia; will in the end be a boon for Newburyport.
Everyone has heard about the landfill but very few have climbed it. Perhaps they are reluctant due to the fact it is private property and technically trespassing to hike it.
Eventually when after all the wrangling, and the landfill becomes officially ‘finished’; it is supposed to be transferred over to the city and Newburyport assumes the liability of this monster.
And monster it is. According to Mountainzone.com, Turkey Hill, once the highest point inside the city’s borders, is 121 feet above sea level. Mount Lavender is 9 feet higher at an impressive 130 feet and now the greatest in height.
And I wouldn’t know of course (wink, wink) but the views are absolutely spectacular looking down on the Heights, a high plateau where Storey Avenue is located. To the southwest is the lovely view of the historic Common Pasture and to the North the busy lights of Anna Jacques. The close proximity of the hospital in one’s view explains how the odors managed to shut down the intensive care area a while back.
There is a lovely trail but rather steep that climbs from the Crow Lane Nature Trail Head to the summit. If you take it, aside from taking in the stunning views, you will see that the top of the landfill is flat for a wide area.
If when, and that is a big WHEN; it comes into the hands of the city; this is a perfect place to put a solar farm.
And why not!?! the water can’t be absorbed because of the impervious membrane that covers the mound. All that uninterrupted sun exposure will turn a giant white elephant into a tremendous asset for the city and its taxpayers.
In the meantime, enjoy the view!