Town Council Approves First Phase of Barnstable High School Fields

BARNSTABLE – Barnstable Town Council has approved the first phase of project that will upgrade the athletic fields at the high school and intermediate school.

The Council okayed $4.6 million for the first phase which will construct a new multi-purpose synthetic turf field for baseball, lacrosse and soccer which will include restrooms, a concession stand, picnic area, dugouts, lights, improved parking and new sidewalks.

Director of Facilities David Kanyock says the baseball field is in major need of renovations.

“The existing surfaces are rutted. They are uneven,” Kanyock said. “They create safety hazards for our student athletes.”

Estimated costs for the first phase of the project include $360,000 for design and permitting and $3.3 million for construction.

“With this project once it comes to fruition and we are up and rolling we do expect to generate about $20,000 a year in revenue just on first blush without really doing any marketing or soliciting for it,” Kanyock said.

Future phases would include the renovations of remaining turf fields at the high school and behind the middle school. The future cost estimates for phases 2 and 3 are $5 million.

All three phases have a price tag near $10 million.

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