Friday, May 28, 2010
RecCom looks at trail to Spalding
The Recreation Commission (RecCom) would like to improve the trail linking the Spalding and Banta-Davis athletic fields. RecCom member Jeff Bloomfield met recently with the Trails Committee to discuss the idea, and reported back to the RecCom on May 17. The boardwalk that is part of the trail has been frequently under water for the past several years. In order to make the path functional year-round, a bridge at least four feet above the water level would need to be built. Bloomfield estimated the cost to be $30,000 to $40,000 instead of the $2,000 to $3,000 it would cost to replace the bridge that is currently in place.
Members of the commission are interested in pursuing the project because it would benefit the community. However, RecCom does not have money in the budget to fund the project. It was decided to work with other groups including the Trails Committee, Concord-Carlisle sports leagues, Boy Scouts and the Carlisle School (which would potentially use the trail for access to Banta-Davis and for the Cross Country running team) to see if money to pay for the project can be found. The Community Preservation Act might also be a possible source of funds.
New picnic table for Diment Park
In other business, commission members voted to spend up to $1,000 to replace the deteriorating picnic table at Diment Park. Their goal is to purchase a table that is durable and will withstand years of weather and use.
Electric bill cleared up
In December of 2009 the Recreation Department received an electric bill for $1,550 which was extraordinarily high. The bill for the same time in the previous year was $8.14. Chairman Mark Spears reported that NSTAR has agreed to write off the bill and the Recreation Department is no longer responsible for it. ∆
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