A few interesting discussions last night at the Recreation Advisory Board. I do have to apologize as a selectman, that the sound quality from the audience leaves a lot to be desired as I could not hear all the audience discussion. We need to fix that.
It was interesting to hear that a roof and coolant pipes at Playground Drive would be something that would benefit the whole town. The idea was brought forth by RAB vice chair Al Hume with the thought that the cost ( probably well in excess of $1million) could all be raised with fundraising. The RSPT 10 years ago found the idea to be cost prohibitive. What was suggested last night would involve essentially rebuilding the ice rink. I don't think it is realistic to expect that private donations will fully fund such a project, even with volunteer labor, but the concept is a good one. Enclosing the rink would enable the Rec Department to have a safe out of the sun and weather facility for summer camp and other programs.
Even though the Playground Drive facility is used by a minority of citizens, we do have an obligation to maintain it and when feasible, improve it to maximize it's use. Sometimes we need to invest in our community for the benefit of the whole.
It occurs to me though that whatever is done at Playground Drive should be well planned and thought out. The soccer field was rebuilt, the softball field repairs are being planned, the tennis courts have been striped to accommodate pickleball and now it it time to look at the remaining areas of our only true public "playground",
That planning process is underway and through the correct channels, driven by the Rec. Dept in consultation with our TA and other staff. Capital projects will be proposed by the Rec. Director through the CIPC and the CIPC will provide to the BoS it's recommended projects and capital spending plan for the upcoming six year cycle.