Movie Makers Want To Rent Phillips Tennis Courts (Poll)

Columbia Pictures has proposed renting the two courts for the month of July.


Columbia Pictures wants to rent the two tennis courts at for $1,000 per week between June 28 and the end of July.

The town administrator wants to hear from anyone who has a concern about this.

Town Administrator Thomas Younger announced the proposal to selectmen at their meeting Wednesday.

The Grown Ups 2 movie production team wants the court space for catering tents.

The town administrator said the money would go to the for its programs.

Recreation Department Director Danielle Strauss said in an interview that the six courts behind the middle school should be sufficient to meet the town's tennis needs for the month of July.

The Phillips Park courts are located alongside Bondelevitch Way.

Thomas Younger said the proposal is "a nice financial (opportunity) for our Recreation Department," but he does not want to move on it without consulting residents.

The administrator's office is open Monday through Thursday 8 am to 4:30 pm and Friday 8 am to noon. 781-596-8850 / 781-596-8889 


Blue Blue June 09, 2012 at 10:56 PM
I would not call getting paid $250k+ being used or coming off like "country bumpkins". This is something that is fun for our town and has created a lot of buzz and excitement. There is a lot of whining and complaining about nothing. If we can generate a stream of revenue for our town from this type of activity it is a positive thing!
Citizen Swamp June 10, 2012 at 03:57 AM
BB, Its not a revenue stream. It's a one time event, who knows how much we left on the table. The money we received comes to about $4500 per day for the use of a movies set and ancillary space. I'll guarantee that is a miniscule cost for Hollywood. We should have gotten much more. CS
A mom June 10, 2012 at 08:45 AM
No one has said whether or not the playground will be affected. My children and I frequent it, especially over the summer, and losing it as a play option for two weeks would be a big deal. As it is adjacent to the tennis courts, would the plan be to take it over too or will we still be able to swing, run and play there during this time? A mom
Blue Blue June 10, 2012 at 12:14 PM
This is really the first time for this type of thing in our town on this scale. There is a certain amount of learning curve in everything you do in life (live and learn). If our community is looked at in a favorable light then this may not be the only time we do this, hopefully and a revenue stream it could be. mom, no one ever mentioned anything about the playground that I have heard, just the tennis courts. The kids should stil be able to play.
Sandie Bock June 10, 2012 at 01:55 PM
Stop the Stars in your Eyes! $1000 a week for total shutdown of the tennis courts seems to me to be small potatoes, the town has little opportunity to be able to get free money, so get more. I agree that if they take the tennis courts they will also take all the parking with their trucks and food trucks etc.disrupt traffic. They have already made a trailer park out of the Temple parking lot and PAY NOTHING to do so. This is a big budget movie in a small budget town, WAKE UP, SMELL THE COFFEE and get some funds for the parks from this opportunity. Earmark the monies for the parks! I am surprised at the people who say "it is exciting". Maybe seeing Adam Sandler gets your blood going but..... act like a responsible adult, stop drooling and get the fees ($$$) the town deserves for the disruption to the townspeople and merchants.
Blue Blue June 10, 2012 at 04:13 PM
Sandie. The town is getting $175,000 for the use of all the areas including the temple parking lot. The schools are getting in excess of $50,000 for their use. That is not NOTHING and to be honest the town is awake and the coffee smells pretty good to me.
Terry Date (Editor) June 10, 2012 at 06:25 PM
The public's use of the little playground by the tennis courts would not be influenced by Columbia Picture's rental of the courts, according to Danielle Strauss recreation director.
Citizen Swamp June 10, 2012 at 06:56 PM
SB, Sandie I don't agree with you often, but were on the same page on this one. Question for our Rec director, if in fact we are going to use some of our Hollywood money to do work on Phillips Park, what is the time table for doing so. Seems to me that repairs and upgrades should be starting now, so that improvements will be in place when the next heavy use period begins ie: fall athletic activities. The cynic in me feels that we probably won't do any improvements. CS
Citizen Swamp June 10, 2012 at 09:39 PM
Selectpersons Sullivan & Van Dam, How was the parking situation at Phillips Park today, noticed we have a new sign in Town "Lot Full". So much for the conjecture about whether the lot fills up. CS
Mia Freddo June 11, 2012 at 12:08 AM
C'mon. Seriously, only $1,000. WOW!!! At least $2,000. It's a pretty big space.
Pleasant Street Neighbor June 11, 2012 at 01:27 AM
Why not use the tennis court rental money to help fund improvements to the tennis courts and playground? The playground looks good, especially in a black and white public health video from 1957. Nevertheless, families, including my own, visit it regularly. Many more local families, however, do not. It's indisputably unsafe and an eyesore. The town should use this "big" tennis court rental money to make small improvements to enhance our family friendly community. Pleasant Street Neighbor
Joyce Esler Trapasso June 11, 2012 at 01:59 PM
I'll leave the numbers to the town officials. My major concern is that our summers are very short. As previously said, there appears to be a sufficient # of tennis courts in town available to our citizens. I would like to go back to the parking situation for our citizens who look forward to our beaches. At the last selectmens' meeting because of the # of citizens who turned out + time constraints of the meeting, not everyone was given an opportunity to speak on the subject. Most conversation spoke to the problems with the potential safety issues on Puritan Road. The Selectmen did not ask if there was anyone in attendance that could offer a possible solution to alleve the projected parking shortage. Citizens in attendance did have some excellent ideas. The present projection was a shortage of 10 parking spots. Why couldn't the town (recreation dept) designate an alternate parking spot, eg. Hadley School lot, the Middle School lot and provide a shuttle say between the hours of 9:00 - 4:00? In my opinion this would be a very cost effective solution as well, eg., not requiring police details etc. The Selectmen have referred the parking question over to the Traffic Committee. I suggest that the Traffic Committee confer with the Recreation Department for a speedy solution. Signs posted that the lot is full has been posted more than once. School is out soon. Beaches will be frequented. With that said, I do understand, "The Show Must Go On!" Joyce Trapasso
Alex June 11, 2012 at 03:15 PM
So far, for all practical purposes, parking in the Phillips Park became unavailable (contrary to the promises, part of it is taken by the boats and the crew members are parking their cars outside _their_ designated area thus leaving practically no space for the cars from Swampscott). As a fine demonstration of open-mindedness and willingness to compromise for the common good, residents of the Puritan Road pushed Town Hall into not allowing parking on this street. So, summer on the beach is lost (unless you live near the beach) and we are supposed to be excited about what exactly?
Alex June 11, 2012 at 03:31 PM
To start with, why there is seemingly no enforcement of the sticker rule? There were (probably still are) boats on the place allocated for parking. People from the shooting crew had been seen parking on it instead of their assigned place. Dealing with these issues is not difficult and does not require anything besides police doing what they are routinely doing: checking stickers, ticketing and (even better) calling towing company. And, if Puritan is considered problematic from the safety point of view (somehow, this is not a problem in other parts of Swampscott even with the narrower roads and more intensive traffic), there are small dead-end streets off Puritan where parking is forbidden (which does not prevent their residents from using them as their private parking lots). Open them for parking for couple summer months and most of the problem will be gone.
Alex June 11, 2012 at 03:36 PM
It is a positive thing when it does not impact a living quality. Making beaches practically unavailable for the summer is not "nothing".
game101 June 11, 2012 at 05:47 PM
Totally agree with you, Alex. It might be a nice experience if town would care about convenience of it’s citizens a little more. Yesterday I was unable to park at Phillips Park for my son’s game, just because the vehicles from movie crew occupied the parking lot.
game101 June 11, 2012 at 05:49 PM
May be you will be able to use the playground, but where are you going to park your car?
Lana Owens June 11, 2012 at 08:10 PM
$1000 is too low. Lets ask them to repave Humphrey street. :) Seriously. Too Low!
Fed Up Taxpayer June 12, 2012 at 11:52 AM
How 'bout the day they filmed at the Middle School? Traffic was so bad it took forever to get close to school to drop kids off. The restricted parking for "film trucks only" on a PUBLIC street is even more of a slap in the face. Town sold out for PEANUTS!
Roger Talkov June 12, 2012 at 12:37 PM
People, lets try and be part of the solution not the problem. I have a couple spaces in front of my house on Ross Rd near Eisemans beach. Please come and park in front. Our family would be happy to host a couple cars for June and July.
Whisky June 12, 2012 at 12:49 PM
Thanks for stepping up, Mr. Talkov!
Roger Talkov June 12, 2012 at 03:37 PM
I think we can get to 10 extra spaces if a few more local residents step up. I know if Paul Moran still lived in my neighborhood he would add a couple more. Thats what you do when you belong to a community.
Dorothy Albert June 12, 2012 at 06:33 PM
I just hope we keep our BEACH parking lot. We still need more space.
Dorothy Albert June 12, 2012 at 06:40 PM
Alex A group of us are working on making sure we have parking spaces in our parking lot. We were told that the tree truck was to be moved, which could hold 10 more cars in that area. Get a beach sticker for any parking along the side streets and parking lot. The crew is not supposed to park past the cones. We're also trying to have the path cleared and cleaned up to Puritan. The fence is falling down. Also, there is illegal dumping at the beginning of the inside walk way, which smells and takes up space. We are also working on that. Dorothy Albert
Ellie Tishler June 12, 2012 at 08:05 PM
$1,000 a week is an insult. Best that the Swampscott negotiators start negotiations to sweeten the pot. Not only should there be a sizable rental fee but also funds to bring the courts (provided they are already in good playable condition) back to what they were prior to catering trucks and employees tramping all over the courts. CP can easily afford to pay a good rental fee and the cost of/any all repairs.
Humphrey Street June 12, 2012 at 10:38 PM
The citizens of Swampscott have the leverage in this situation. I agree with all of the previous comments about $1,000 a week being insulting. If that's all they're willing to offer, tell them no and see how well the crowding on their set works out for them. Speaking of rentals at Philips Park, I recently found out that the selectment and town manager are in the process of negotiating a deal with a cell tower operator to construct a multi-tower array at either Philips Park or near the water tower. The operator said they'd pay the town $150k to cover the cost of relocating the police and fire communcations equipment. This is appaling given the risks associated with living in proximity to these devices - not to mention that both of the proposed locations are within densely populated neighborhoods. I doubt the manager and selectmen are really aware of the risks but ignorance is no excuse. If the cost of relocating the communciations equipment is really what this is all about, I'll kick in the first $500. We need to find a better location for the communications equipment as well because even at lower frequencies, the radiation is just as dangerous. Swampscott won't need the revenue if we're smart about where we spend our tax dollars which as well all know, are extremely high to begin with. Do we really want to guarantee our fellow citizens cancer, trouble sleeping, headaches, etc for the sake of what amounts to pennies in revenue?
MATT BERGERON June 13, 2012 at 02:12 AM
Roger, your comment is refreshing to hear. I have 2 spots on my street on Holly Ciricle that I would share. I hope your lead spreads to others in our town to lead in your footsteps. All I hear is mostly complaining about the movie in the batch of responses and I just dont understand it. Actually I do because if the movie decided to just shoot elsewhere and passed on Swampscott most would have complained about that, complained about the weather, and would have complained about that Animal Control needs to address the birds that are chirping too loud in the morning. We are the BUZZ of the Northshore. Businesses are loving this jet stream of revenue , come on join in and be happy our town is part of this as it will be gone soon and our 15 minutes of fame will have passed. Its much more enjoyable than complaining. (well for most anyways)
Alex June 13, 2012 at 01:21 PM
Thanks, this is very nice of you
Alex June 13, 2012 at 02:35 PM
Very good observation. We already have that cement (or whatever) plant in a close proximity to the most densely populated part of Swampsoctt and adding another potential source of trouble is one thing that we don't need.
Whisky June 13, 2012 at 03:48 PM
That shuttle better not drive by MY house! (ha!)


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