The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, April 28, 2006


Town Meeting Rec fields low bid is $1,466,000 Article 15 and Ballot Question 6

On Wednesday afternoon the Recreation Commission (RecCom) opened five bids for the construction of new recreation facilities on the Banta- Davis Land off Bedford Road. The low bid was submitted by Greenacres Landscape of Wakefield with a price of $1,333,000 for the basic project. A 10% contingency allowance will be added for a cost estimate of $1,466,300. Also quoted were $526,000 and $90,000 for possible additional work that the RecCom may wish to include in the project. Other bids were as high as $2,075,000 for the basic project.

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. The site presently contains one baseball field, one softball field, and one multi-purpose field with surrounding running track.

The $75,000 authorized by Town Meeting last year for design of the tennis courts has not been used 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.

Engineering firm Dewbury Goodkind generated the proposed Phase 2 site plan and engineering detail. A full build-out predicts a need for 160 parking spaces and the plan shows 200 spaces. Spalding can provide satellite parking, although the path between Spalding and Banta-Davis is not passable at this time. A cost estimate for use of the path will be developed as part of the present project, but that actual rebuilding of the trail is not included. The path is problematic in that a fair amount of wetland is involved.

In response to a request by a member of the Board of Selectmen, Dewbury Goodkind added a level area for use as a bocce ball court for the older members of the community.

The plan was reviewed by the Board of Selectmen on March 28 and approved with over 20 amendments by a vote of 4-0-1.

2006 The Carlisle Mosquito