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Watertown officials to hold public forum on Casey Park renovation plans, ice rink

Posted by Jaclyn Reiss  January 3, 2013 04:45 PM

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Watertown Recreation Department officials will hold a public forum at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 8 to gather public opinion on proposed renovations to Casey Park.

The park, which sits on a 6.1 acre lot just outside of Watertown Square on Watertown Street, is one of the most used parks in the town because of a variety of courts and fields for tennis, basketball, softball, and soccer, as well as a playground and swings for younger kids, said Peter Centola, director of the parks department.

Now, officials are hoping to replace one of the three tennis courts with an ice rink that can be used for hockey and ice skating. Officials will also clean up the park, redo existing walkways as well as construct new ones, renovate the scoreboard, and install new lighting for the basketball court.

"The ice surface will set Casey Park apart," Centola said, noting that there has been demand for the rink. "Everybody's really excited about it, and it will be the first of its kind in Watertown."

The town also hopes to add dugouts to the softball field and renovate the field's bleachers and batting cage, Centola said.

The estimated total cost of the renovations comes to approximately $640,000, and the town is hoping to complete construction and renovations by the end of 2013, he said.

Centola has already presented to Town Council, but needs to put the project out to bid and get final funding approval before beginning construction.

The meeting will be held in the lower hearing room of Watertown Town Hall at 149 Main St. Officials will go over the history of the proposal and present the final design. Town officials will field questions and comments from attendees before starting another open forum at 7:15 p.m. on general Recreation Department matters.

For more information, call the Watertown Recreation Department at 617-972-6494, or email them at recreation@watertown-ma.gov.

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