After five years, the Marshfield Tennis Club has yet to generate funding to renovate the Peter Igo recreation park. Wednesday night, the club’s Vice President, Craig Alvey, asked the Marshfield Recreation Commission for $340,000 to renovate the 17.5 acre park to include three full-size and four children-size tennis courts.
They also asked to be reimbursed for site plan costs with Alvey noting they’ve been voluntarily preserving the park for years, “In 2011 alone, we spent in excess of 2,000 man hours cleaning–you know physical stuff, cleaning park, cleaning pathways, picking up trash, as well as putting together the PR.”
However the vote to fund the project didn’t go through. Recreation Chair John Vallier explained authorization isn’t in their hands, “It’d have to come to the town somehow.”
But according to Alvey, towns have used Community Preservation Act funds to support similar park project,s though Marshfield reads CPA regulations as open space protection not renovation, “There is precedent for the use of CPA funds to renovate existing parks. It’s a matter of whether the Town Council wants to base his future decisions based on that precedent or whether we have to go seek additional amendments to the act.”
Alvey explained Marshfield Tennis have reached out to state officials like Bob Hedlund, and will continue to do so. The Marshfield Recreation Commission voted to support the Peter Igo project moving forward. According to Chair Vallier, the question of funding would have to go to town meeting.