Winthrop Kiwanis will host an open house at the site of the organization’s proposed family activity park — adjacent to the ball field in Winthrop — on July 27 to talk about plans for the facility and solicit public feedback.
The open house will be from 4-6 p.m. According to Kiwanis president Rick Jones, “Numerous stations will be set up around the property with information regarding possible ideas. A Kiwanis member will be available at each station to obtain ideas and suggestions from community members.”
Jones said a “core group” of Kiwanis and community members has been meeting in person and via Zoom to discuss ideas for improving the site.
“From the input obtained [at the open house], draft plans will be developed and a follow-up meeting will be held in September to continue getting input from the community,” Jones said.
Under its “Fund a Dream” program, Winthrop Kiwanis has been contemplating major improvements to the existing pump track and ball field for several years, but planning was waylaid by the pandemic.
Earlier this year, Kiwanis began reviving plans that include estimated expenditures of more than $200,000 for various projects over a four-year period. The Winthrop Town Council included $10,000 funds in the town’s 2022 budget to help advance the project. The funds were earmarked for providing water and power to the site.
Jones said in February that the project is being developed in partnership with other local organizations. He said Kiwanis will also be asking for funds through the town’s Lodging Tax Advisory Committee. Kiwanis will also be seeking grants from the state Recreation and Conservation Office.
Jones earlier outlined four phases for the project:
- Phase 1, estimated costs of $26,000, to include water and power service and painting the ball field’s outfield fence.
- Phase 2, estimated costs of $58,000, to include dugouts, a fence around the grandstand, landscaping, foul ball fencing, a walking path, and pump track upgrades.
- Phase 3, estimated costs of $42,500, to include a center field gate to new batting cages, basketball court improvements, a water fountain and more pump track improvements.
- Phase 4, estimated costs of $90,000, to include a pavilion, picnic area, parking lot improvements, lighting and additional signage.
All told, the cost estimates — which likely will change over time, Jones said — come to about $216,500.