The Newtown Township Board of Supervisors will consider a memorandum of understanding that would allow the Council Rock Newtown Athletic Association to utilize fields at Veteran’s Park as early as this spring.
The item is on the agenda for tonight’s regular supervisors meeting, which starts at 7:30 p.m. at the township Administration Building.
At a meeting last month, CRNAA told the supervisors it would foot the bill for $7,000 worth of improvements at Veterans Park if it means the fields can be used this spring.
The park was officially dedicated in May but because of problems with the quality of the grass, the fields have yet to be used. The park, located off Durham Road across the street from Clark Nature Center, has six ball fields – three multi-purpose and three baseball fields.
Kevin O’Shea of CRNAA said the organization wants to get the fields at Veterans Park ready for play. “The only thing standing in the way of that is building the three mounds,” O’Shea told the supervisors in February. The cost of the mounds, plus the cost to convert a softball field for baseball play, would be $7,000, O'Shea said.
But the supervisors told O’Shea that getting those fields ready for play is a bit more complicated than just creating the mounds. An ongoing issue with the contractor regarding the condition of the grass must be dealt with properly so the township is protected from any future liability, chairman Mike Gallagher said. The project’s contractor is Adams-Bickel Associates.
Gallagher directed the township engineer to visit the fields and assess the grass. The supervisors also reviewed the issue with its solicitor to ensure the agreement between CRNAA protects the township.