NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The city will celebrate the nation's birthday with the opening of its long-awaited splash park at Noel Field Athletic Complex.
The formal opening will include a ribbon cutting on Thursday, July 4, at 11 a.m.
The event, and all programming at Noel Field, is free and open to the public.
"With a hot, sunny day in the forecast for Thursday, I'm excited to welcome North Adams residents — especially our young people — to this new facility," said Mayor Thomas Bernard. "It will be a great way to cool off in the summer, as well as to celebrate community by gathering with friends and neighbors to enjoy the great outdoor recreation offerings at Noel Field, on the Fourth of July and throughout the season."
The splash park is the centerpiece of a Noel Field renovation that also includes new basketball courts, pickleball courts, and a new shade pavilion, among other amenities. It also complements the skate park that opened at the complex in 2017.
The renovations over the past three years were made possible through two state Parkland Acquisitions and Renovations for Communities grants totaling $800,000 and Community Develop Block Grant funding that has brought the total to date to around $1,454,000.
"This was an outstanding collaborative project. I'm so grateful to our state partners with the PARC program for supporting this vision and our efforts to make the Noel Field complex a recreation hub for all residents and visitors," said the mayor. "Locally, the team in the Office of Community Development did a terrific job working with the Berkshire Design Group and The Maxymillian Companies to manage and complete this project. Our public services team also did great work setting up and testing the system to ensure we're all ready to enjoy some summer fun at Noel Field."
The splash park will operate from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily through Labor Day, with fall hours to be announced.
As a reminder, smoking is prohibited on all city property and at all city-sponsored events.
Noel Field will also be site of the annual home game of the North Adams SteepleCats in the evening, followed by the Independence Day fireworks.
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North Adams Rallies For Win in Rain-Shortened La Festa Baseball Exchange
By Rick DuteauiBerkshires.com Sports
NORTH ADAMS, Mass - North Adams struck just before Mother Nature did on Saturday night, as the local team rallied to a 9-5 victory over the Boston North End Dodgers, just before weather shortened the first game of the annual La Festa Baseball Exchange at Joe Wolfe Field.
The two sides met for the 29th straight season in the yearly event in which each club travels for a two-game series. Although Saturday’s action was halted in the top of the sixth inning due to a lightning storm that swept quickly through the area, the teams meet again on Sunday morning for the second game. North Adams will also travel east in August for a pair of games hosted by the Dodgers in Boston.
Things may have ended in a draw had North Adams not struck for its final scoring burst in the bottom of the fifth inning, as it scored four runs to break open a 5-5 score with the deciding margin of victory. Landon Champney got it going after he led off by slicing the ball past third base for a double, and he then scored the winning run on a throwing error after Tristan Garner walked and attempted to steal second to draw a throw.
The home team kept piling on in the fifth to increase its lead. Garner came in on a passed ball, Chase Vanderwoude walked and later stole home and Owen Gagne smacked a single past third, advanced on a balk and then crossed the plate following a wild pitch.
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The city native was memorialized on Thursday with the unveiling of a bronze statue of two children reading a book set by the East Main Street entrance of the North Adams Public Library where she began her long career as a librarian.
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