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Parks & Rec roundup: Commission reports on progress of CPC projects

by | Sep 29, 2022 | News

At its meeting on Wednesday, the Parks & Recreation Commission discussed current and potential Community Preservation Committee (CPC) projects and winter programming.

Current CPC projects discussed include the skate park, pickleball courts, the lacrosse wall surface, the Sandy Beach boat dock and a study for bathrooms at EMC Park.

A bid has been received and accepted for the skate park; the next steps will include finalizing a contract with the vendor and organizing logistics with Hopkinton Little League.

The commission is awaiting a final draft of a topographical survey for the public pickleball courts. Once acquired, the commission may host a public forum to get input from pickleball enthusiasts prior to establishing a final plan and budget.

Renovations to the lacrosse wall surface — next to the Fruit Street turf field — are set to be completed this fall.

The Sandy Beach boat dock project is stalled as an application to the Conservation Commission was deemed incomplete.

The study for bathrooms at EMC Park has not received any vendor bids. The deadline has been extended for an additional two weeks.

Future CPC-funded projects discussed

Prior to voting on which items to propose to the CPC, the commission continues to seek cost estimates and additional details on the following projects: a master plan for Parks & Recreation spaces at Fruit Street; the reconfiguration of Pyne Field to accommodate a Little League field and cricket pitch; the construction of EMC bathrooms and a pavilion; the addition of security cameras at multiple facilities; the construction of an additional shelter or gazebo at the dog park; and the installation of an entry/exit system at Sandy Beach.

Additional updates shared

Registration continues for Parks & Recreation winter programming. Parks & Recreation Director Jay Guelfi noted that numbers have been particularly strong for basketball. The skiing program, which opens soon, also is expected to be popular. The department is bringing back and expanding most of its programs to meet the increased demand. …

Guelfi is preparing an annual maintenance plan for all Parks & Rec facilities and will present to the commission for feedback. …

The commission will discuss a timeline for its fiscal year 2024 budget at its next meeting on Oct. 12.

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