NORTH ATTLEORO — The city has a lot of balls in the air when it comes to its sports fields.
Projects are underway in the community to improve recreation areas, City Manager Michael Borg told city councilors Monday at their regular meeting.
The city took $1.1 million from its $5.5 million free cash account for the work, Borg said. “You could drive around town and see a lot of stuff happening all over town,” he said.
Steve Carvalho, park and recreation director, noted that over the past few years the city has been “seeking” funds to make improvements to recreation areas. “We really did a 180,” he said.
Carvalho highlighted a new softball field at World War I Memorial Park, improvements to the high school softball field and ball diamonds at Mason Field, which he said “are state of the art.” . This includes repairs made after a downed tree in a storm last month damaged electrical equipment.
Carvalho told councilors that work on the High Street Recreation Area includes the construction of a new road and plans to build football and lacrosse pitches which will prevent wear and tear on playing surfaces at Mason Field.
“We’re staying well out of the wetlands,” he said, adding that construction will hopefully begin this summer.
The department also made improvements to the zoo area of the WWI park, and Carvalho thanked local businessman David Doran and his wife Anne for their donations.
Carvalho said he regrets the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Barrows Park will not be repaired by Memorial Day. Some of the granite came off the stone monument last August and a fix was difficult, he said, due to supply chain and labor issues. However, Barrows said, he hopes to have a backup plan in place for the holidays.
Finally, he said the city’s new dog park, slated to open in June in the city’s forest, will be an “incredible asset to the community.”
“We are making up for lost time,” said board chairman Justin Parè.