Arlington board discusses rec park issues

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ARLINGTON — At its last meeting, the Arlington Select Board heard that demand for the town's recreation park is growing.

Not only has a Northshire group led by Jason Green of Manchester started a co-ed softball league with games planned for the rec park's softball field, but now there is interest in playing games at the youth baseball field.

Jerry Woodard, head of maintenance at the recreation park discussed a softball tournament that was held the previous weekend.

Woodard told the board that a group approached the town on short noticed and asked to be able to play games. They were informed of the strict rules about keeping the place family-friendly and given permission. One board member stopped by during the weekend to take a look and Woodard himself said he stopped.

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"It looked like they were having fun," Woodard said.

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Other groups have inquired about using the field and the board held a discussion about making some improvements to the park so it could be used.

The softball needs some netting along Route 7A replaced to keep balls from potentially hitting a car, and the youth baseball field, where other groups have enquired about playing games, needs some work done in the infield.

"Hopefully, we can get the field in shape," Woodard said. "Get it presentable and get it ready for them."

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Woodard said he hoped the group, which was going to have a concession stand and other features would hold a tournament in town and other games to bring some money to the community. The board agreed that work needs to be done to the rec park, but paying for it was the question and the board would pursue funding options.

In the interim, the board agreed to make sure every group using the park must have proof of insurance and a signed agreement on file with the town. They also named Zaiac the point person for the park.

Contact Darren Marcy at dmarcy@manchesterjournal.com or by cell at 802-681-6534.


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