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Adams Receives Eight Bids For Town Common Project

WM.J. Keller & Sons Construction of Castleton, N.Y., came in with the lowest base bid of $233,535.30 and J.H. Maxymillian had the highest bid of $513,474.

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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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Adams Reopening Parks Thursday With Several Restrictions

The past few weeks have seen on-site retail sales return and patio seating reopen, followed by a socially distanced form of inside dining for restaurants. Wednesday night the board, with guidance from Code Enforcement Officer Mark Blaisdell, took the necessary steps to reopen parks and open spaces.

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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 Receives Insurance Grant to Inspect Parks

The city received a $10,000 grant from the Massachusetts Interlocal Insurance Association to inspect all playgrounds and provide inspection trainings.

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Williamstown Parks & Rec Committee Delivers Its Report

Among the more ambitious suggestions from the committee is to designate a town employee to "curate, prioritize and advance this work," a step that would have clear implications for the town's budget.

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Lanesborough Stands By Banning Dogs From Laston Park

The board had previously decided to allow dogs at the Narragansett and Bridge Street parks but cited safety concerns about Laston.

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Clarksburg Preserves Memory of Fallen Vietnam Soldier

Peter A. Cook's comrades in arms have ensured that his name will not be forgotten within the town of Clarksburg.

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Pittsfield Tweaks Westside Riverway Park Design

Last week, the commissioners discussed with Parks and Open Spaces Manager James McGrath a modified previously approved plan that lowers the overall cost of the project.

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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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Williamstown Parks & Rec Advisory Committee Conducting Survey

The committee is charged with gathering input from residents and organizations and compiling a list of recommendations to report back to the Select Board, which created the ad hoc committee earlier this year.

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North Adams Residents Presented With Five Possible Theater Parks

The city will look at five possible outdoor theater and park locations in the downtown including the parking lot off of Main Street.

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Splash Park Opening Makes a Big ... Well, Splash

At 11 a.m. sharp, though, right on time, Bernard and a group of officials from the city's Parks and Recreation and Water departments stood in front of the first of two blue ribbons tied to water elements. And he said only a few words before the first ribbon was cut.

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Adams Presents Town Common Renovation Design

The proposed design for the Town Common rehabilitation project was presented on Tuesday night at a public meeting.

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Adams Open Space Plan Nearing Completion

The town plans to apply for a state Parkland Acquisitions and Renovations for Communities grant that would fund the proposed $425,000 Town Common rehabilitation project.

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North Adams Parks Commission Hears Plea for Benches

The Parks and Recreation Commission is open to benches at River Grove Park and a have a simple solution to prevent Kemp Park from going to the dogs.

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Adams Seek Funding for Town Common and SBA Celebration

Town Administrator Jay Green told the board on Wednesday that he had received communications from Sen. Adam Hinds' office in regard to a state budget amendment that would secure nearly $50,000 for the park.

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Pittsfield Council Backs Clapp Park Plan

The City Council agreed to cover the funding gap in the Clapp Park renovation project. The city had found itself short by about $150,000 for a planned restoration of Clapp Park. The project entails work the installation of a splash pad, improvements to the baseball field, and restoring the bathroom.

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Pittsfield CPA Recommends Dozen Projects to Fund

The Community Preservation Act Committee is recommending close to $600,000 for a dozen projects. The group entered this year's process with $613,000 to spend but just slightly more than $1 million worth of requests for 14 different projects. In order to allow for some funds to roll over into next year, City Planner CJ Hoss suggested keeping the approvals under $600,000.

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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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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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East Street Complex Considered For 'Pilot' Dog Park in Pittsfield

The city is considering opening a field at the East Street Complex as a test site for a dog park. The city has been awaiting funding to construct a dog park at Burbank Park since a 2017 working group fleshed out the idea and identified a location. The city is hoping for an award from the Stanton Foundation to take the next steps. Meanwhile, however, off leash dogs continue to be an issue in the city.

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'Tanglewood In The City' Coming To Pittsfield This Summer

The Boston Symphony Orchestra will be broadcasted live in the Common on July 19. Mill Town Capital and the BSO are launching Tanglewood in the City in downtown Pittsfield this summer. The event will be free and the event will feature some food vendors and a beer garden, operated by Barrington Brewery.

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