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Sports fields and courts are coming to North Andover | Merrimack Valley


NORTH ANDOVER – The city has big plans for the 16 acres behind North Andover Middle School.

The $8.75 million recreation complex, approved by the city assembly last year, will be built there and provide facilities for all residents, according to selector Richard Vaillancourt and Rick Green, a member of the community improvement committee. college grounds.

Vaillancourt said he expects construction on the complex to begin in the spring. It will include two play areas, one for children aged 2 to 5, the other for children aged 5 to 12; an amphitheater for performing arts, school and community activities; two artificial turf fields that can be used for various sports and outdoor activities; a multipurpose field for street hockey, volleyball, tennis, pickleball and other activities; half a basketball court; a driving range; a half-mile walking trail with rest stations; a picnic area; and a petanque and shuffleboard court.

The 2017 city assembly appropriated $600,000 for the design of the project.

The Community Preservation Fund will provide $6 million of the planned $8.75 million for construction costs. The fund is fed by a 3% surcharge on local property tax bills, plus state money.

Community preservation money can be used for affordable housing, open space purchases, historic site preservation and maintenance, and recreation.

Another $1.5 million will come from the city while the remaining $1.25 million will come from sports and user groups, as well as corporate donations, officials said.

The site of the planned recreation complex is bordered by North Andover Middle School, Atkinson School and Anne Bradstreet Early Years Centre. The site is in a residential area.

The project is currently under review by the Conservation Commission and the Planning Board. A hearing before the Planning Board was scheduled for Tuesday evening, but was postponed to March 5.

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