While Windsor High's varsity baseball field had to overcome obstacles on its way to a face lift when it's plans were found to be short-sighted, local athletes and sports parents will be pleased to know the town is taking the first steps on the road to a comprehensive overhaul of athletic facilities in town.
Monday night, the town council is scheduled to vote on a measure to develop a new "master plan" for town-wide athletic fields, which will include assessments of "current infrastructure and projected recreational needs," town documents say.
Under the plan, demographic and field utilization data will be used in conjunction with input from town officials and those involved with town athletics to produce a document aimed at addressing current and future athletic needs.
Town documents say the proposal has arisen due to "aging athletic field infrastructure and a growing need for playing fields to serve the many residents who participate in organized sports."
Field space, according to the town, is "at a premium," as athletic seasons have grown in length and there is an increasing number of sports played in town.
Locations to be evaluated for possible sites of new athletic fields include:
- L.P. Wilson Community Center
- Welch Park
- Sharshon Park
- Northwest park
- Sage Park
- Windsor High School
- Oliver Ellsworth School
- Clover Street School
- John F. Kennedy School
- Town Landfill
Along with a motion to approve the development of the "master plan," the town council will vote on the posing of landfill uses once the facility is closed.
Upon closing, the town plans to use landfill-related funds to fund the athletic field-planning project, which is expected to cost about $50,000.
The town council is scheduled to meet Mon., Nov. 19 at 7:30 p.m.