In 2016, a committee was formed by the Select Board to study and make recommendations to improve the community recreation space behind the North Andover Middle School, which includes Hayes Stadium. After years of community meetings gathering public input, the Committee brought forth a proposal to provide an updated recreational space for the entire community.
The cost estimate is $8.75M. In 2019, Town Meeting commited to funding $7.5M from the Community Preservation fund and Town general funds. The remainder of the funds will come from private donations by community partners, such as youth leagues and other supporters.
The improvements to the field will benefit generations to come. The project includes recreational space for all sorts of inter-generational activities; adult and youth leagues, families, individuals, and seniors. Baseball and softball fields, pickle ball courts, playgrounds, accessible walking paths and picnic tables, and multi-use fields that can be used for soccer, lacrosse, football and other similar athletic activities are all planned for the site. There will be sports lighting for the athletic activities, and lights along the walking and jogging paths so that the recreational area can be used throughout the seasons, even during the short days of the fall and winter. The project also includes expanded parking with lighting and landscape screening to ensure access for the entire community.
Unfortunately, due to lawsuits filed by abutters the project has been delayed significantly. However, after recieving the go ahead for the use of the funding from the court, the Town expects to issue an Invitation for Bids for the project at the beginning of 2022 with work commencing in the Spring of 2022.
2018 Town Meeting Warrant Articles:
Middle School Fields Improvement Committee