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Friday, February 3, 2006


RecCom refines plans for Banta-Davis athletic facilities

One multi-purpose playing field, two Little League fields and four new tennis courts are included in the RecCom's Phase II plans for the Banta-Davis Land off Bedford Road. (Map prepared by Hal Shneider)

The Carlisle Recreation Commission (RecCom) presented updated plans for Banta-Davis Phase 2, for comment, at the Planning Board's January 23 meeting. The project calls for construction of four tennis courts, two Little League baseball fields and one multi-purpose field, as well as associated drainage, additional driveway, connecting paths and parking.

Based on prior recommendations by the board, changes had been made on proposed traffic flow so that "drop-off" traffic could be better accommodated. The relative merits of diagonal vs. perpendicular parking were discussed: diagonal tends to promote easier control of one-way traffic but perpendicular accommodates more spaces in a given area. Planning Board member Louise Hara noted that the present grades at the site of a planned parking lot were steep. The conceptual site plan shows a 12-foot change in present elevation over a distance of 175 feet. "That will involve a lot of cut and fill," she observed.

Board member Michael Epstein expressed reservations about parking and traffic flow, "particularly when one group is leaving and another arriving." The board was assured that a meeting with a consulting traffic engineer was on the RecCom's schedule.

RecCom chair Allen Deary said later that they will open bids today on the final project design. The $75,000 authorized by Town Meeting last year for design of the tennis courts has not been used, Deary said, because the scope of the project was expanded to include new playing fields. Instead, the design will be paid from money in the RecCom gifts account, funded by donations from private individuals and groups that use the playing fields. The RecCom hopes to have final design and construction cost estimates ready in time for the Annual Town Meeting in May.

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