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Russell Field on Harmony Street is set for its first major overhaul in 40 years.

Adams Receives Funds for Russell Field Renovation

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff
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ADAMS, Mass. — The town has received the Community Development Block Grant funds it needs to renovate Russell Field.
 
According to the town's Office of Community Development, the work could begin this spring or summer.
 
"We have received Community Development Block Grant funding, are finalizing the design and will do the renovations this spring and summer," Community Development Program Manager Rebecca Ferguson said.
 
This project goes back some years but really ramped up in 2018 after coaches and parents brought forth their concerns over the field's condition.
 
The playing fields had deteriorated and the playing surfaces are uneven. The surface area of the existing tennis courts is severely cracked in several places and field amenities are in a state of disrepair.
 
About a year ago, the Selectmen approved the project and included it in the town's CDBG application. 
 
Currently, the park provides playing fields for youth sports including Babe Ruth, high school softball, youth football and practice fields for high school football. It also is heavily used by schools, organizations, and the Council on Aging.
 
The Department of Public Works has made small improvements over the years to the facility with the resurfacing of the courts and field maintenance. The fields themselves have not been renovated in 40 years. 
 
"No significant improvements have been made for the fields in the past four decades," Community Development stated in a press release. "Given their age, the fields have reached a point where a complete reconstruction is warranted."
 
The town plans to update all softball infrastructure and the softball fields will be fully renovated with a new backstop, mound, plates, and benches.
 
The tennis courts will also be improved and an adult fitness area added.
 
The park will be compliant with the Americans With Disabilities Act and the town is also looking to improve drainage in the western end of the park to eliminate ponding.
 
Students from McCann Technical School will renovate the field house to have storage space for team equipment, public restrooms, and a concession area
 
Ferguson said Guntlow & Associates is finalizing the plans and with the expectation to go out to bid in mid-April.
 
The project is estimated to cost $460,000.
 

Tags: CDBG,   playing fields,   

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Adams Resource Officer Makes Spirit Week Videos

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff

Officer Dabrowski has a lot of sports jerseys for Jersey Day. 

ADAMS, Mass. — Police Officer Nicholas Dabrowski spent last week connecting with homebound Hoosac Valley Elementary pupils through a series of daily broadcasts. 

Schools have been closed for two weeks and won't reopen until May because of the novel coronavirus pandemic. But Dabrowski, the school resource officer, wanted to make sure no one missed out on some school spirit. 
 
"Social media has been so negative and I'd just wanted to let the kids know we're thinking of them and give them something to do each day," he said.
 
Dabrowski said although he tends to keep to himself he does have a "goofy side." One night during dinner, his wife encouraged him to utilize this to let the kids know he was thinking about them.
 
"My wife knew that I missed my time at the school," he said. "Much of our dinner conversations are centered around my conversations with the kids at lunch."
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