New Recreation Complex in Sandwich to Begin Construction This Fall

SANDWICH – Construction of a new recreational complex in Sandwich will begin this fall, with completion set for late spring of 2020.

Located off of Quaker Meeting House Road, the new complex will include two tennis courts, six pickleball courts, and a skate park.

“It’s going to be a skate park, one which I believe will be one of the best ones in the area, and then it’s going to have green space, a walking trail, six pickleball courts, and two tennis courts,” said Sandwich Recreation Director Guy Boucher.

“So just a nice park, it’s going to be multi use, multi-generational and hopefully have a little bit of something for everybody, even if you just want to go and read a book.”

Only one bid came in for the general contracting work, from R.A.D sports of Rockland, and as a result the $1.98 million price was higher than anticipated.

Some of the extras the town was seeking, such as lighting throughout the complex, a gazebo, paved walking trails, and parking lot, will have to be delayed due to the higher than expected price tag.

However, the skate park and courts are still on track for completion.

Cape Cod & Islands Tennis & Track, of Pocasset, will design and build the tennis and pickleball courts.

Stantec engineering has already designed the skate park.

Subcontractor Skateboard Supercross, which operates in Florida, New York, and China, will build the skate park.

Officials in Sandwich are hoping the recreational complex, currently known as Oakcrest Park, will eventually connect to the surrounding 48 acre Boyden Farm conservation area and the lakeside campus of Oakcrest Cove, the home of the recreation department.

“I think this area is going to be a destination for residents and tourists alike to enjoy everything that we have to offer here,” said Boucher.

The plan is for the complex to be part of a large public safety complex, including new police headquarters and fire administrative offices, now in the last phase of construction at the intersection of Quaker Meetinghouse and Cotuit roads.

Ground will break on the new complex in September.

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