The Wellesley Community Preservation Committee (CPC) has come through for softball players for the second straight year, this time approving $500,000 in funds for rehabilitation of Lee Field (girls’ varsity softball) and Hunnewell 2 (multi-purpose field). Last year, $100,000 in Community Preservation Act funds were awarded for feasibility and engineering design plans.
The project has been spearheaded by Wellesley resident and girls’ softball coach Jill Creevy, as well as the girls softball players who make up the Wellesley Softball Field Improvement Committee. The design plans include the addition of dugouts, fencing, seating, scoreboards, and storage as well as improved accessibility, drainage, and infield and turf conditions. Lee Field will be expanded to create a Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) regulation-sized playing field. The proposal does not include provisions for additional lights or a sound system, but will include electricity for equipment such as the pitching machine.
The $500,000 CPC appropriation covers half of the approximately $1 million price tag for the project. Three hundred thousand dollars is slated to be paid from the town’s capital budget, and $200,000 will be privately raised to fully fund the project.