Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same as follows:
SECTION 1. Notwithstanding section 16 of chapter 30B of the General Laws, section 3 of chapter 40 of the General Laws or any other general or special law or rule or regulation to the contrary, the city known as the town of Methuen, acting by and through its mayor and subject to the approval of the city council, may lease for a term of not more than 99 years a portion of certain parkland consisting of 39,126 square feet, more or less, located at 24 Gill avenue, and identified on the Methuen assessor’s map as parcel 614-150-2, and the DAV building situated thereon to the Head Start Program of the Greater Lawrence Community Action Council. The Head Start Program shall demolish the DAV building and construct a new building with a parking lot, playground and walking path on 39,126 square feet of parkland at that location and shall enter into a lease for the same with the city known as the town of Methuen on such terms as the mayor, with the approval of the city council, may determine.
SECTION 2. The land described in section 1 is subject to a restriction under the Land and Water Conservation Fund Act and the conversion of such property to a use not authorized under that act shall be subject to the approval by the National Park Service. Prior to the execution of the lease, the city known as the town of Methuen shall designate a parcel of equal or greater value for park and recreation purposes as required by the Land and Water Fund Conservation Act and the National Park Service.
SECTION 3. This act shall take effect upon its passage.
Approved, May 12, 2010.