At its meeting on Wednesday, the Parks & Recreation Commission discussed proposed Community Preservation Committee (CPC) projects, ongoing business, external requests and winter programming.
The commission discussed and voted on five project proposals that have been submitted to the CPC. All projects received unanimous approval. The initiatives included the following: an additional shelter/gazebo at the dog park ($70,000 estimated cost), a Fruit Street master plan for Parks & Rec spaces ($50,000 estimated cost), additional security cameras ($25,000 estimated cost), the construction of an EMC amenities building (cost to be determined) and the reconfiguration of Pyne Field to accommodate a Little League field and cricket pitch (cost to be determined).
Current business discussed
The commission discussed ongoing projects including the public skate park, pickleball courts, lacrosse wall renovations, the Sandy Beach boat dock and a study for bathrooms at EMC Park. Due to staff vacancies in Town Hall, several of the projects have been a challenge to move forward, the commissioners said. The following updates were shared: the lacrosse wall renovation is expected to be completed by the end of the month, a bid is forthcoming for the EMC Park bathrooms study, and a public forum will be scheduled regarding the pickleball courts.
External requests approved
The commission voted to approve a proposal from Under Pressure to install seasonal lighting on the Town Common for $8,100. A request from the Boy Scouts was approved to use the Town Common on Nov. 12 for its Scouting for Food event.
Additional updates shared
The department’s Hopkins Ski Program sold out in two days, making it the first time the program has filled to capacity. Due to a bus and bus driver shortage, alternative transportation for participants is being discussed and a wait list is pending. Potential registrants should call or email the department for more information at 508-497-9750 or JHart@hopkintonma.gov. …
Parks & Recreation Director Jay Guelfi continues to work on a strategic annual maintenance plan for all Parks & Rec facilities and will present to the commission for feedback at an upcoming meeting.