Community Field (rt), War Memorial Pool (ctr) High School Field (left)
Since the group will be looking at both town and school owned property, it's fitting that the first meeting will occur in September when our education oriented town springs back into life after an all too brief summer hiatus.
Town Manager John Musante originally announced the study committee back in December, 2014 although the Leisure Services & Supplemental Education (Rec Dept) Commission originally complained back in 2010 about the embarrassing conditions at Community Field.
Field named after "Mr. Baseball" Stan Ziomek, father of Assistant Town Manager Dave Ziomek
Then Town Manager Larry Shaffer first floated the idea of a spray park to replace the ailing War Memorial Wading Pool, since demolished by the DPW. Currently the town is considering Groff Park (not part of the Working Group's study area) as a possible location for a spray park.
Former site of the War Memorial Wading Pool
The adjacent "big pool", built 1960, was renovated in 2012 via a $200K state grant but the surrounding children's play area has not been updated since President Kennedy was in the White House.
At the Select Board meeting Monday night member Doug Slaughter, who is also a school employee, volunteered to be "liaison" to the new study group. Director of Facilities (for both the town and schools) Ron Bohonowicz is also expected to be a member.
SB Chair Alisa Brewer strongly suggested Slaughter should be more than just a liaison, aka he should be a voting member of the group. The Town Manager makes the appointments but they must be approved by the Select Board so it's a safe bet he will take that suggestion.
Wildwood School (below), Middle School (left), Hawthorn property (top right) High School field (top left corner)