Friday, December 6, 2013
Mayor Bill Collins and Parks & Recreation Manager Doyle Best spoke to the Dorchester District 2 Board of Trustees Monday, Dec. 2, with regard to the ball fields at Alston Middle School.
Superintendent of Schools Joe Pye noted surprise that recent conversations with community members indicate the Alston Middle School neighborhood will not be sorry to see the ball fields go. Lights, noise and other issues, neighbors say, have plagued the area, especially when adult teams use the fields at night.
Expressing a desire to relocate the fields permanently to acreage behind the Gahagan fields and move the town’s field lights there, at no expense to the district, Collins said the temporary location the district was considering – near Spann Elementary – was not large enough for the regulation-sized field required by the recreation department. The town, said Collins, has a 20-year contract with the district it entered into in 2008, which gives the town the right to move the lights.
“We have a field behind Gahagan,” said Collins. The property is large enough for the fields and Best’s needs.
Councilman Aaron Brown did not speak.
Pye said the Alston area, where the new construction will go, is slated to be cleared in March.