Splash park in plan for North Adams

NORTH ADAMS — If at first you don't succeed, apply, apply again.

After failing to win a grant last year, the city of North Adams will once again seek funding for the second phase of its renovations to the Noel Field Athletic Complex.

"We did not get the grant, but we're coming back in," said Mayor Richard Alcombright.

As the city's first skate park nears completion, officials are hoping to buttress the complex's existing amenities with a splash park, bocce ball court, pickleball court. The plans also call for the renovation of the tennis court and basketball court into two basketball courts.

The estimated $778,000 project would be funded entirely with support from grants, according to city officials.

The federal Parkland Acquisitions and Renovations for Communities (PARC) grant requires a matching contribution from the city, but the administration would use Community Development Block Grant funds rather than dipping into its own coffers, Alcombright said.

Julie Sniezek, of project designer Guntlow and Associates, said the tennis court will be replaced by a basketball court due to the "incredible" amount of use the single basketball court receives every day during the summer.

"Tie it all in together with all the activities that are currently going on there, and the skate park that is just about done, it really should be a top-notch complex that offers something for everybody of all ages," Sniezek said.

She stressed the design was a "concept" and yet to be fully detailed. And she added there is hope that public restrooms and changing rooms can be included in the project.

A resolution supporting the grant application was passed unanimously by the City Council at its regular meeting on Tuesday.

The construction of the skate park, which was also funded through a PARC grant matched with Community Development Block Grant funding, is set to wrap up later this month. It was the first phase of a multi-tiered plan for redevelopment of the area.

A groundbreaking will be held at 11 a.m. July 1 at the park on State Road in the Noel Field Athletic Complex.

Reach staff writer Adam Shanks at 413-496-6376 or @EagleAdamShanks on Twitter.


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