In 2011 residents voted to allocate funds for a preliminary engineering study to fix standing water and storm water drainage issues at the town field. In 2012 residents again showed their support by funding the engineering and permitting necessary for repairs and improvements to the town field. The permitting and engineering was also necessary in order to apply for grant monies. Following the town meeting in 2012, the Parks, Recreation, and Trails Committee applied for a non-matching MassWorks grant in the amount of approximately $1 million which would fund the highway and safety portions of the project including sidewalks and parking (both along Rte. 116 and Academy Hill), upper stormwater control, paving, curbing, walls, guardrails, and relocation of the basketball and tennis courts. Conway did not receive this competitive grant in 2012 but later improved their submission and reapplied in 2013. In the fall of 2013, Conway was awarded the MassWorks grant for approximately $1 million. With additional funding required for the overall project, and to keep town’s portion as low as possible, the committee has applied for another non-matching grant in the amount of $197,000 in February of 2014. If awarded, this grant would cover field underdrains, grading and reconstruction of the baseball field, and relocation of the playscape. The committee should have word on this grant by town meeting and a summary of the remaining funding, if any, that would be required by the town. The entire project is scheduled to be completed in 2014.
Please join us for an informational session at the Town Hall on March 12th at 6:00 PM. As previous public forums and meetings have finalized construction plans, the focus of this meeting will be to update the town on the plans, funding, bidding, and construction schedule. The meeting is open to all residents and those with a specific interest (youth sports, Festival of the Hills, 250th Committee, Highway Department, etc.) are encouraged to attend. Project information can also be found on the town website.