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Rec panel has dream for field


Propose naming diamond for family ball team



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This photo of the Shepard Brothers baseball team, circa 1920s, shows Charles, standing fourth from the left, and George, seated first on the left, wearing their hometown Sturbridge uniforms. Courtesy photo. (click for larger version)
August 30, 2010
STURBRIDGE — The Recreation Committee is awaiting a draft design of a proposed sports field along Route 15, in an area known as the Shepard Parcel.

Appropriately, a contingent of residents are lobbying for the official name of the park, once it is completed, to be called Shepard Field, in honor of not only the family that owned the land for three generations, but as an homage to the history of the town, as well.

According to Chairman of the Recreation Committee Lynn Girouard, the 8.5-acre Shepard Parcel is going to be converted into athletic fields in conjunction with a renovation and expansion of the existing baseball diamond behind the town's DPW barn on New Boston Road Extension.

The push to revamp the town's existing fields and add some new ones, Girouard said, is to accommodate the more than 2,400 local youth that are actively involved in different sports.

Using Community Preservation funds allocated at the end of last year, the Recreation Committee is having potential designs for the Shepard Parcel drawn up by Waterfield Design Group.

With wetland delineations just recently completed, a layout of the usable land on the parcel was given to Waterfield to work with.

"We just sent another design to the designer and he's tweaking that," Girouard said. "But nothing has been approved yet."

Right now, Girouard said the back-and-forth correspondence with the designer is "to see what will fit on there."

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

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