The Athletic Field Planning Subcommittee of the Parks & Recreation Commission met last week for the first time since its creation in October, 2018, and set three priorities for its next meeting June 19.
Present at the subcommittee’s Thursday, June 7 meeting in upper Town Hall were voting members Dan Daly, citizen-at-large; Ed Frackiewicz of the Harvard Athletic Association; field liaison Joe Reynolds of Parks & Rec; and Stu Sklar of the Select Board. Also present in the audience were School Superintendent Linda Dwight, School Committee member Sharlene Cronin, members of several booster organizations, and a contingent of softball advocates.
Attendees agreed that three tasks needed immediate attention. To get a handle on how many fields the town needs, members Daly and Frackiewicz will determine how many children and teenagers are participating in each of the town’s high school sports programs, including membership in the under-16 youth leagues that develop future players. At the urging of Cronin, Reynolds will form a team to survey the attitudes and interests of current and future participants toward the town’s current sports offerings. And finally, Sklar will help guide preparation of a final report that effectively communicates the group’s findings to the town.
The subcommittee needs three more voting members to complete its roster: a second citizen-at-large; a second HAA member; and a member of either the School Committee, school administration, or Dwight’s Athletic Advisory Committee. Non-voting volunteers are also welcome. Appointments will be made by Parks & Rec at its next meeting June 17. Anyone wishing to join as either a voting or non-voting member is encouraged to complete a volunteer form at the town website by Thursday, June 13.