Update: An estimated 3000 people passed through the Waterworks Museum yesterday. Attached also is a photo of the ribbon cutting.
The held its official grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony today. Around the main exhibits, the Leavitt, Worthington and Allis engines, it was at times impossible to move past visitors staring up at the massive machines.
"The Allis system is 82-inches in diameter. Kareem Abdul Jabbarr could lay on it, and he'd have a half-inch on either side." Albert Arena, Massachusetts First Class Engineer explained.
Arena then cut the ribbon cut. He was one of the men who worked in the facility until the end of steam pumping, 1974.
Members of the Board of Directors spoke as well about the process of developing the museum. Some of the members have worked for 20 years to re-open the building.
"Speaking of the collaboration between the three main local communities that will reflect the vision that we have for this place and our common goals," said Elaine Pierce, Board of Directors member and Newton resident. "We have worked together on this from the beginning."
The most appropriate way to toast the opening: water from the Quabbin Reservoir.
Roger Blood, Brookline resident and member of the Board of Directors, added, "The next time someone says, 'I'll drink to that,' we hope you'll think of this place and its past."
Among the visitors to the museum today, some distinguised guests. State Representetives Ruth Balser and Kay Khan were in attendence, as well as Brookline's Board of Selectmen: Chair Betsy DeWitt, Nancy Daly, Jesse Mermell, Richard Benka and Kenneth Goldstein.
That wasn't all: Parked outside the main entrance, a steam-powered Stanley Steamer dating back to 1922 greeted visitors. The car was just visiting today, but added to the experience as passers-by stopped for photos before heading inside.