History of Sixteen Acres Civic Association
The purpose of the Sixteen Acres Civic Association is to serve in the best interest of the residents, as a liaison between the community of Sixteen Acres and the City government or other bodies. The Association will, through various committees, work with the community to implement projects and to maintain and improve the quality of life in Sixteen Acres.
The Association was started by a group of concerned residents in the early 1960's. At that time, it was known as the Sixteen Acres Civic Council. Their main goal, as it is now, was to preserve the quality of living that brought residents to this neighborhood. The council was not incorporated at that time, no dues were collected and everyone who resided in Sixteen Acres was considered a member. There was no formal structure to the Council and telephone committees were formed and implemented to inform the residents of important issues. Some of these issues included the library, zoning, roads and street lights, recreation and safety of the community.
In February of 1984 and in October of 1985, two organizations, namely the Bicentennial Committee and the Greenleaf Park Association made major monetary contributions to the Sixteen Acres Civic Association.
On April 24,1987, the Association became incorporated.
Any person living in Sixteen Acres is eligible for membership into the Association.
Below are the some of the neighborhood projects with which the Association has proudly been involved:
• THE SIXTEEN ACRES LIBRARY
• TELECOMMUNlCATION TOWER PROJECT
• ZONE CHANGES
• POLITICAL DEBATES
• SCHOOL MATTERS
• REBUILDING THE MILL POND DAM
• COMMUNITY POLICING
• SAVING BROSKA FARM
• BEAUTIFICATION PROGRAM
• OPEN PANTRY FOOD DRIVES
Our civic association is funded solely from contributions and dues from members. We are organized as a Massachusetts Ch. 180 charitable corporation. We are also recognized by the federal government as a Sec. 501(c)(4) corporation. We are not a 501(c)(3), so contributions to our association are not tax deductible by the donors.