Sunset Lake: Braintree’s Overlooked Privilege
By Matthew Ryan
Sunset Lake is a big part of Braintree that we take for granted. It is a great place to cool off, to go swimming, to fish, and to have fun.
Sunset Lake provides much needed employment opportunities to adolescents. During the summer, the Braintree Parks and Recreation Department hires young adults to maintain the natural beauty of the lake. Additionally, life guards are on duty from 10am-7pm, and gate attendants only allow Braintree residents to park if they have proof of citizenship.
There are also events for the community at Sunset Lake. The Sunset Concert Series is held weekly during the summer, and Four Guys In Tuxes, Paul Agnew & John Capavella, and The Reminisants all performed there this summer. Also, there are sailing lessons available through the Braintree Yacht Club for kids ages 8-15.
Finally, the lake is a haven from everyday stress. The picnic tables near the water are a peaceful place to read a book or enjoy a bite to eat.
“Sunset Lake is a great place to relax and enjoy a hot summer day right in the heart of Braintree” said Nelson Chin, Chief Director of the Braintree Recreation Department.