The Plan: The Town's "1987 Long Range Plan" identified a need for three new rectangular multi-purpose playing fields and three new baseball fields. This need was confirmed in the "2003 Fields Needs Study".
The proposed plan is to build two of the multipurpose fields at the Concord-Carlisle Regional High School in 2007, together with a 60-foot little league field either on Walden Street or elsewhere.
In 2008, the plan would be to build a third multi-purpose field, perhaps upgrading the existing "J.V. Field" next to the tennis courts at the High School. Construction of a 90-foot baseball diamond on the Ammendolia property next to the Ripley School will also be completed in 2008. This land was acquired in 2004, in part for the purpose of constructing new playing fields.
In 2009, the third and final year of the program, a third baseball field would be built, also perhaps in the area near Ripley School, or some other yet-to-be-determined location.
This plan would go a long way towards addressing the current situation of inadequate playing fields, which has existed well before the 1987 Long Range Plan.
During the past twenty years, steps were taken to install irrigation systems and therefore extend the utility of the several fields (Emerson, Rideout, Ripley). In 1996 the town Parks Division of Concord Public Works
Although this plan called for each field to be "rested" for a season every few years, the demand for use has made this impossible. As a result the fields have not had an opportunity to recover from constant use. The use of synthetic turf on the multi-purpose fields at Concord-Carlisle High School should enable those two fields to be used continuously, even during cold weather or wet periods, without any damage to the surface. This will enable the natural grass fields to be given some period for "rest", even if not an entire season. This will allow all the Town's fields to improve noticeably once the plan has been fully implemented.
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