Weymouth: Town presents preliminary Legion/Lovell Athletic Field design plan

Weymouth got their first look at a 25% design plan to build athletic fields at Legion Field and the Lovell Playground, during a presentation at the Abigail Adams Middle School Thursday night.

About a hundred people turned out for the presentation.

Mark Novak of the Design Firm Activitas Incorporated said the construction of Legion Field features, “A mixture of passive and active recreation. It’ll be a synthetic turf athletic field with a group of five tennis courts for the active, athletic portion of the project. Then on the passive end, we’re looking at creating a meadow with walking trails, some rest stations, exercise stations, some playgrounds and also taking advantage of some of the vegetative wetland areas on the site. It will create some passive, educational and recreational opportunities.”

Legion also includes a quarter mile walking trail and a small area for restrooms.

Weymouth Mayor Sue Kay said the town is committed to funding the estimated $4.5 million Legion Field project.

“It’s a high cost to have to come up with. But, we’re committed to Legion. Definitely committed – even if we have to go to bonding we’re going to do it – and we will start, by this summer,” the mayor said.

The Lovell Playground behind the Pingree Elementary School comes in at an estimated $9.5 million and features three synthetic turf athletic fields, three basketball courts, a playground, concessions, restrooms and a greater parking area.

 

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John Penny is a town news reporter at WATD. He primarily covers stories in the towns of Marshfield, Cohasset, Scituate, Norwell, Hingham, Abington and Quincy.