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Pittsfield Council Asked To Contribute More Toward Clapp Park Project

After bids came in too high twice, the City Council is being asked to up the city's contribution toward the renovation of Clapp Park. The city had received a $400,000 state grant to undertake a massive restoration of the West Housatonic Street park. That was matched by city funds for bathrooms, the community preservation act funding, $180,000 donation from the Rotary Club, and a $5,000 donation from Carr Hardware.

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Adams Parks Commission Mulls Procedures to Deny Field Use

The commissioners on Monday looked to codify past practices and to shore up a protocol that would clearly spell out a chain of command to follow when teams have to be denied field usage after approval.

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Dog Feces Also Plague Adams Playing Field

Parks Commissioner Cynthia Bird told the rest of the commissioners Monday night that poop is a townwide issue and even litters the outfield of Russell Field.

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Williamstown Parks & Rec Committee Learns of Spruces Land Constraints

The Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee learned about the town-owned properties that could potentially be developed for recreation. And it learned why one large, highly accessible property likely won't be developed any time soon.

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North Adams Parks Commission Asks For Changes in Brayton Park Plans

The plans include a new playground, basketball court, youth baseball field, soccer-sized multi-use field, practice wall, walking path and parking area. Across Brayton Terrace on the Hoosic River side will be two pocket parks, picnic tables, information panels on the river and wildlife and a focal element that would be a replication of a waterwheel.

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Berkshire Lightscape Turns Focus To Lighting Up Park Square

Berkshire Lightscapes is honing in on a plan to add lighting to Park Square. The non-profit raised a little more than $100,000 for its plan to add lighting to City Hall, Dunham Mall, and Park Square. The Dunham Mall lights were added in the winter, decorating the walkway with rotating snowflakes, and Park Square is next.

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Pittsfield Animal Control Commission Backs Pilot Dog Park Plan

The Animal Control Commission is backing the idea of having a pilot dog park at the East Street softball complex. The city's Office of Community Development has proposed the idea of using one of the fields there to test out a dog park. The city had started the process of securing funding and building a dog park but that is at least another year out. So for now, the city is looking to use the fields that haven't been used in some two years in the meantime.

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Pittsfield Looks to Crack Down on Off-leash Dogs in Kirvin Park

The Parks Commission wants to crack down on off-leash dogs at Kirvin Park. The park off of Williams Street had long been used by dog owners as a place to let their four-legged friends run off leash. However, dogs are required to be on leash in a city park and the increasing use of the park of dogs has led to problems.

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Pittsfield Eyes Development of Pickleball Courts at Springside Park

Pickleball put the city in a somewhat of a pickle. The Parks Commission approved a plan to develop pickleball courts near the Doyle Softball Complex in Springside Park but not without opposition. The approval goes against the Springside Park Conservancy's wishes that the project takes a backburner to others specifically outlined in the park's master plan.

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Pittsfield Little League Looks to Spruce Up Deming Park

The Little League is looking to spruce up Deming Park. Greg Coscia has begun conversations with the city to make a number of improvements to the park. First, the league wants to make railings leading to the scorekeepers building permanent. Those were installed prior to the district tournament when stairs were replaced and repaired. Coscia hopes to put a taller fence behind it to make it more difficult for trespassers to get in.

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North Adams Considering Consolidation of Recreation Boards

The parks commission oversees all the sports facilities and public parks in the city but not Windsor Lake or Historic Valley Campground. It also doesn't have much to do with the Armory or the Peter W. Foote Vietnam Veterans Memorial Skating Rink.

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Pittsfield Finalizes Plans For Clapp Park Renovations

A final design for more than a half million dollars worth of improvements to Clapp Park was finalized Monday. The Parks Commission gave its stamp of approval on the design crafted by Berkshire Design Group. The design, however, isn't entirely what parks officials had been hoping for when first crafted.

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Pittsfield's Clapp Park Renovation Getting Scaled Back

Parks and Open Space Manager James McGrath told the Parks Commission on Tuesday that the design currently crafted is estimated to go over the $675,000 budget for the project. He is now working with Berkshire Design on scaling the concept back slightly to make the numbers work.

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Coffee Kiosk Set to Open at Pittsfield Common

Todd Fiorentino is looking to open a coffee kiosk at the First Street Common in a few weeks. The city has approved a lease agreement allowing Fiorentino to set up the 6-foot by 8-foot wooden kiosk on the sidewalk in front of the park. Poseidon Coffee is expected to be open on Sept. 10.

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Adams to Address Safety Concerns at Russell Field

With the Russell Field Renovation Project delayed at least another season, the Parks Commission agreed to put efforts into resolving a few safety issues at the park specifically with the softball field.

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Pittsfield Adopts Policy For Commercial Use of Parks

The Parks Commission will welcome commercial enterprises onto city property. But, only if it "enhances the park." The commission has been weighing the levels in which commercial enterprises can operate on parkland since January. Then, Todd Fiorentino was looking to open a coffee kiosk, Poseidon Coffee.

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Pittsfield Parks Weighing Commercial Enterprises Policy

The discussion has been prompted by a request to install a coffee kiosk at the Common on East Street. The commission approved moving forward with an RFP for the kiosk but with the condition that a subcommittee work with Parks and Open Spaces Manager James McGrath on developing a broader policy.

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North Adams Chooses Designer For Splash Park

Director of Community Development Larysa Bernstein updated the Parks and Recreation Commission on Monday about the new project at Noel Field Athletic Complex.

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After Winning State Grant, Pittsfield Starts to Re-envision Clapp Park

The new splash pad at Clapp Park is eyed to be located where the basketball court currently sits. The basketball court is eyed to move to the rear of the property. A new parking lot, and curbcut onto Route 20, will be built next to the splash bad. The bullpen will be moved. The playground will be renovated. The backstop will be moved back and the track will be repaired.

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Conceptual Plans For Pittsfield Dog Park Created, City Seeks Design Funding

The city will apply for grant funds to design a dog park next month. The Parks Commission gave its approval of a preliminary design crafted by Berkshire Design Group. The plans call for two areas - one for small dogs and one for all dogs - with walking paths, mounds for dogs to run up and down, shade, decorative fire hydrants, shade, water fountains for the dogs, and a 21-car parking lot.

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North Adams Looking to Start Spray Park Construction in July

Michael Nuvallie, director of the city's Office of Community Development, told the Parks & Recreation Commission on Monday that the hope is to start construction on the splash park after July 1 this year and have the park completed by June 2018.

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Coffee Kiosk Eyed For First Street Common in Pittsfield

Todd Fiorentino is proposing opening Poseidon Coffee, a small kiosk to sell coffee and hot cocoa drinks during the morning hours at the park.

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Adams May Make Improvements to Renfrew Field

The Parks Commission will pursue a soil test in hopes of improving the infield at Renfrew Field. The board received a $400 donation Monday from the Berkshire Adult Baseball League that recently used the field.

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North Adams Parks Commission Advises River Street Shed Removal

The Parks & Recreation Commission is looking to do some clean up at River Street Park. Commissioners on Monday are recommending removing a trashy shed that's been attracting undesirable elements and placing one or more signs on Houghton Street cautioning drivers of the park.

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Pittsfield's Clapp Park Could Be Next To See Major Upgrades

Clapp Park could see a major upgrade in the coming years. The city has partnered with the Rotary Club and the Buddy Pellerin Field Committee on a state grant to complete a major park renovation.

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