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Parks & Rec roundup: Turf field removal to begin end of June

by | May 27, 2022 | Featured: News, News

At its meeting on Thursday, the Parks & Recreation Commission discussed updates on the Fruit Street fields replacement project, the Hopkinton Cricket Club, EMC Park murals and summer programming. The commissioners also reelected Dan Terry as chair and voted Liisa Jackson as vice chair.

With its bid approved at Town Meeting and on Election Day, Parks & Recreation Department Director Jay Guelfi announced that the Fruit Street fields turf project has officially entered the construction phase. A pre-construction meeting recently was held, and the involved parties intend to start removing the old field at the end of June. Guelfi noted it will be a labor-intensive project with substantial logistical challenges as 40-60 trucks work to both remove and deliver infill.

Hopkinton Cricket Club seeks more field space

Representatives from the Hopkinton Cricket Club attended the meeting to initiate conservations with the commission about expanding its use of Reed Park for cricket matches. With five teams, 120 players and continued growth anticipated, the club shared that it currently does not have sufficient time or field space to meet the demand.

The commission would like the field to be put to greater use, but members also expressed concerns about the impact on the surrounding neighborhood, particularly when it comes to increased traffic. The commission agreed to invite neighborhood representatives to its next meeting on June 8 to participate in continued discussions.

Additional updates shared

Due to reported incidents at the dog park, the commission is considering developing a policy on aggressive dogs. Such a policy may include a penalty system, camera surveillance and specific parameters for reporting concerning behavior. The commission will continue the discussion at future meetings. …

Guelfi reported that Summer Playground Group registrations are at the highest levels he has seen since being with the department. Other summer programs are also filling up quickly, Guelfi said, and Sandy Beach will open for use on Saturday …

The Hopkinton Cultural Council submitted five designs for the commission to review and approve for inclusion in the Celebration of Diversity Mural at EMC Park. All of the designs were approved and will be installed this summer.

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