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Parks Commission Walks Through Proposed Pump Track Site

Alison McGee, president of the Berkshire Chapter of the New England Mountain Bike Association and program lead for the Little Bellas Berkshire Program, pitched the project to the commission last month.

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Pittsfield Parks Panel Wants 'Blue Lives Matter' Flag Removed

The Parks Commission is asking the Kiwanis Club to remove two flags one of which has become linked to white supremacy from its Park of Honor on Park Square.

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Pittsfield Parks Commission Sets Date to Evacuate Homeless

The commission will be evacuating the park by Dec. 1 in hopes these individuals will choose to relocate to the recently reopened COVID-19 shelter at the former St. Joseph's high school on Maplewood Avenue.

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Pittsfield Iraq/Afghanistan Memorial On Target To Be Unveiled Sep. 11

A monument honoring the five Berkshire County residents who died serving in Iraq and Afghanistan is still on track to be unveiled at Veterans Way Park on Sept. 11, the 19th anniversary of the terrorist attacks.

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Pittsfield Parks Redirect Springside Park Donations

The Parks Commission approved a draft statement on Tuesday that would redirect donations for the homeless in Springside Park toward service providers.

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Homeless Encampments Springing Up in Pittsfield Parks

Parks and Open Space Manager James McGrath fielded some of the parks commissioners' questions and concerns Tuesday about the influx of the homeless in the city parks most notably in Springside Park.

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Pittsfield Parks Commission Review Phase Three Events

The Parks Commission has preliminary approved a group of events and started the conversation about what events will look like in Phases 3 and 4 of the state's reopening.

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Pittsfield Suns Cancel Season

Parks and Open Spaces Manager James McGrath told the Parks Commission on Wednesday that he recently received a letter from the Pittsfield Suns stating that the team will not participate in the 2020 season.

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Space Is Tight For Adams Softball Leagues

Last year's news of a half-million dollar renovation of Russell Field was welcome to everyone who has used the rapidly deteriorating field. That's the good news. Problems begin when the town has to cram three different softball organizations into one field while Russell is undergoing construction.

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Maxymillian to Donate to Doyle Athletic Complex Dugout Repair

Parks and Open Spaces Manager James McGrath told the Parks Commission on Tuesday that Maxymillion, the chosen contractor for the project, will cover the cost of the project.

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Pittsfield to Enforce Park Vegetation Removal

Winn said downed wood is important to the ecosystem and helps store carbon creating a resilience against climate change. She added that the downed wood also acts as "sign posts" for critters.

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Pittsfield Environmental Group Looks to Eradicate Invasive Kiwi

The Parks Commission voted Tuesday to move the Greenagers initiative to CPA project eligibility review.

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North Adams Parks Commissioners Open to New Duties, Members

The Parks & Recreation Commission is hoping for more support as its asked to take on a bigger role in overseeing the city's recreational areas.

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Pittsfield Parks Commission Sees Possible Future Projects

Parks and Open Spaces Manager James McGrath gave the Parks Commission a quick preview of some possible fiscal 2020 Community Preservation Act projects and noted the floating dock at Burbank Park is at the top of his list.

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Westside Riverway Park to Go Back Out to Bid

The Westside Riverway Park project bids have come in too high and the city will have to put the project back out to bid.

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Adams Parks Commission Sets Fall Season Field Uses

The Parks Commission on Monday took care of most of the fall requests for field usage. Four separate groups were represented and although a few issues cropped up, all requests were approved.

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Wetlands Derails Restoration of Pontoosuc Beach

Wetland issues have derailed planned improvements to Pontsoosuc Lake Park. The Friends of Pontoosuc Lake received $15,000 from the Community Preservation Act with the intent to restore the beach on the Hancock Road side. The city's Parks, Open Space and Natural Resource Program Manager Jim McGrath, however, said it was found that the former beach has essentially turned into wetlands.

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Pittsfield Looks to Strengthen Rules on Park Behavior

The Parks Commission is looking to strengthen the rules for both park and conservation areas. The city recently saw large groups of youth causing mayhem in Springside Park by fighting and using air rifles. The city is now added language to specifically outlaw those and BB guns to strengthen Police authority to enforce the rules.

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Restoration of Springside Pond Plan Moves To Permitting Process

The design efforts to restore the Springside Pond is entering the permitting phase. Parks and Open Spaces Manager Jim McGrath updated the Parks Commission on Tuesday about the progress and said the city will be seeking permits from the Conservation Commission in the coming weeks. However, the project itself is going to be costly and a funding source has not been identified.

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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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