DRACUT — When Canney Field is complete and there are ball fields, tennis and basketball courts and more, there also will be lighting.
Brian Bond, a member of the ad-hoc committee that is overseeing the project, has suggested that town officials are opposed to lights in and around the 15-acre parcel on Lakeview Avenue, but those same town officials squelched that notion in front of more than 60 people who attended this week’s informational meeting.
“I don’t think at any time that there was any opposition to lighting the park,” said Selectman James O’Loughlin, a member of the committee. “Nobody should be leaving here with the idea that we will not have lights in the park.”
Bond, in an e-mail sent to about 50 people, insinuated that there was strong opposition to installing lights at the future park, which will include a baseball diamond, a practice field for football, soccer and lacrosse, two basketball courts and two tennis courts, a small playground, a concession stand, more than 100 parking spaces and walking paths.
“Again, I’m reaching out to you and asking for your support affecting the future of the community,” Bond wrote. “There is opposition by some in town not to install lighting at this time in the park and would like to install conduits for future lighting. Lighting of the walkways, courts, fields and parking has been one of the most important design elements of this park from the beginning. Please attend the information meeting in support of this important community project,” Bond wrote.
“I haven’t heard any opposition tonight, but I have previously,” Bond said.
Dale Harris, a project manager from the Norwell design firm of Coler and Colantonio, said the project is now before the Conservation Commission awaiting permitting before the town puts out a Request for Proposals (RFP). Residents peppered Harris with questions ranging from the size of the fields to the proximity of the fields to a nearby stream.
Harris said he expects the Conservation Commission to sign off on the project by February. Officials said that ground could be broken on the project by the spring of 2010.