This past November, I blogged about the possibility of a renovated, multi-sport athletic stadium at Dracut High. That vision energized the community. From that point, conversations between the school department, the Town Manager, and other community members have galvanized into a vision and plan to provide the community with athletic and recreation facilities that would support children participating in athletics from the earliest ages through high school, where student-athletes engage in high-level, competitive interscholastic sports. It would also support recreation facilities for families.
What has emerged is a broad plan to not only renovate the stadium facility at Dracut High School, but to also renovate the track facility next to it, by installing a second synthetic playing surface to support lacrosse, soccer, field hockey, and football. The renovation would also improve the track facilities. The result:
Having two operable synthetic fields will ensure that the surfaces are not overused. It will allow for the hosting of games and matches on consistent and safe playing surfaces. It will also allow for the continuation of a long-standing commitment of the Dracut Public Schools to work collaboratively with youth sports organizations and the town recreation department to provide field and facilities access.
But that is only part of the Town Manager’s vision for supporting the community’s athletic and recreation needs. Veterans Park is in need of renovation as well. As part of this broad, community-focused plan, a renovation of that facility would occur as well. That renovation would include the playing fields and the water park.
In support of this vision and plan, the Community Preservation Committee, the community group that has supported and funded the creation and renovation of athletic and recreational facilities in the past (most recently the construction of restroom facilities at the track facility and the design and planning for the T-Ball field at Hovey Field) has graciously agreed to consider the plan at their public meeting on February 19, 2019, at which the Town Manager and I, along with other key personnel will be speaking about this exciting and comprehensive vision to provide for the recreational and athletic needs of Dracut children and their families.
As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or 957-2660.