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Diamonds in the rough

Sturbridge Rec panel has designs on fields

Sturbridge’s only regulation size Little League baseball diamond lays at the end of New Boston Road, behind the DPW barn. Christopher Tanguay. (click for larger version)
December 28, 2009
STURBRIDGE — When the residents of Sturbridge gathered in November to discuss what they would like to see addressed in the Master Plan, new and improved recreation fields were among the top priorities on many lists.

While creation of new fields has long been on the to-do list of the Sturbridge Recreation Committee, funding only recently became available from the Community Preservation Committee and the town's general fund to begin the process.

"We're in the process of contracting out for field design work," explained Recreation Coordinator Lynne Girouard. "We'd like to get some designs on paper and work with these designers to get is the best fields for our money."

The Recreation Committee had originally intended to have a field designer in place and ready to present to the Board of Selectmen by Monday, Dec. 21, but were still open to receive bids at that time.

Now, Girouard said the Recreation Committee is hoping to settle on a designer at their next meeting, Monday, Jan. 4.

"We're hoping that we'll have a final decision at that time, and once we get that, then we'll bring it before the Board of Selectmen," Girouard said.

See Wednesday's Southbridge Evening News for complete coverage of community news.

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