PUBLIC MEETING: Natural Resources Commission
WHEN: Thursday, January 24, 2019
WHERE: Kingsbury Room, Wellesley Police Department
One item on the Natural Resources Commission meeting agenda is a hearing to discuss the restoration of the Lee/Hunnewell softball fields.
Around this time last year those fields, which sandwich the tennis courts at Hunnewell Field, got closer to an upgrade when the Community Preservation Committee unanimously approved $100k in funds for new designs.
The abysmal condition of the fields currently stand in stark contrast to the beautiful nearby Reidy Field, played on by Wellesley Little Leaguers. Supporters of the project want the softball fields to be regulation size, to get new backstops and dugouts with storage, and to be ADA accessible. Nice new bleachers and scoreboards are also planned, as is a softball/baseball cage for pitching and batting.
Construction could get going as soon as spring/summer 2019.
There’s going to be a lot of sports-related construction/maintenance around town once the weather cooperates. In addition to the Hunnewell Fields, the two synthetic Sprague fields will undergo a $1 million maintenance project this summer. Then there’s the Wellesley Sports Center on the westbound side of Route 9, under construction now and expected to open in spring 2019.
Money can’t grow on cut trees in Wellesley
The NRC will also discuss the several public shade trees that earlier this month they say were pruned illegally by a private tree company hired by a Wellesley Square landlord. The NRC said the trees in the 75 Central Street area suffered “multiple poorly executed cuts that will reduce their chance of survival” (read: hack job).
The violation is one of the agenda items on the NRC’s January 24th meeting.