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Ward Street athletic complex in Hingham moves forward

Posted by Lisa Crowley  December 1, 2009 11:33 AM

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Selectmen tonight will hear for the first time plans to expand the lacrosse fields on Ward Street to an 12-acre site with two artificial turf athletic fields (one with a dome), 80-foot lights, and a grandstand.

“I have heard from a lot of people who support this and I have heard from a lot of people with a lot of questions about this,” Selectmen Chairwoman Laura Burns said. “We are in the very beginnings of this."

The selectmen will hear an outline of the plans for the project from nembers of the Ward Fields Trust Fund.

According to permit applications with the planning and zoning boards, the town would expand the current 5.6-acre site--which has one field, a small parking area, and an equipment shed—into a year-round sports complex with two lighted fields, grandstands, a concession stand, and public restrooms.

Another 7 acres bordering the site would be used for the expansion and would include a new driveway and pedestrian path from a parking lot at the Plymouth River School.

An anonymous donor has committed to pay about half of the complex’s estimated $2.5 million to $3 million cost. The remaining money would be covered by donations and fund-raising events.

Once work is completed, the fields would be managed by the Recreation Department.

The selectmen's meeting begins at 7 p.m.

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