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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 11-27-2019

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CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | NOVEMBER 27-DECEMBER 4, 2019 LINCOLN 3 LINCOLN – The town is seeking grant funding to help transform part of Manville Memorial Park by adding a series of soccer fields. Tentative plans, which depend on funding availability for refurbishing the park at 175 High St., include three regulation-sized fields that would be irrigated. The main field space at Manville Park is currently a softball diamond, with soccer nets set up in the outfield. Under the town's plans, the softball field would be eliminated to make way for a 210-foot-by-340-foot field to accommodate "most field sports for all age groups, including lacrosse and hockey," according to Town Planner Al Ranaldi. Town officials are proposing three soccer fields, one regulation-size (for up to 16U, or under age 16, teams) and two smaller fields for 12U teams. The entire field space, running from the playground to the front fence would be irrigated and laid with fresh soil. "Right now, it's really just a piece of land," said Parks and Recreation Director Alan Moreau. "It has not held up over time because it's a patch of grass not built for sports." "It looks OK now because it has been resting for two years. For it to be playable, you need to take entire years off at a time," he said. With proper underground irrigation, Moreau said the field would finally drain properly. After construction, the refurbished fields would need roughly two years to let the grass grow properly. They're aiming to begin construction in late summer or fall of next year. Ranaldi told the Town Council on Nov. 19 that the project would cost approximately $800,000 total, and that he's seeking a 2020 R.I. Recreation Grant to help pay for it. The council gave Ranaldi the go- ahead to apply for the grant, which at a maximum of $400,000 would help renovate Manville Park. The money is available from the R.I. 2018 Green Economy Bond and made available through the R.I. Recreation Acquisition and Development Grants Program. Ranaldi said the project still faces a number of hurdles, namely the town's budgeting process. Town officials, including Ranaldi, said soccer fields are in high demand in Lincoln now as interest in the sport swells. Councilor Bruce Ogni said, "I think this is a great idea. We've dealt with the field issue for a long time, and have been working for a long time to find space. I think this is a move in the right direction to get what we need." Funding sought for Manville Park soccer complex By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer nicole@valleybreeze.com Pending funding availability, MANVILLE MEMORIAL PARK may be renovated to include three soccer fields. got a news tip? Call 401-334-9555, ext. 122 or e-mail it to news@valleybreeze.com Trusted Service & Repair Since 1953 Paul • Alternators/Starters/Interstate Batteries • Brakes • Oil Change • Exhaust • Struts & Shocks • Tires • A.C. Service & Repairs • Computerized Wheel Alignment & High Speed Balance • Timing Belts • Radiators, Heater Cores, Water Pumps & Coolant Flush Service RHODE ISLAND EMISSIONS & SAFETY TESTING INSPECTION STATION SERVING YOUR DRIVING NEEDS SINCE 1953 401-769-1967 90 Winter Street, Manville, RI Mon.-Fri. 6:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat. 7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. CLASS LD: Light Duty Inspection Station, (Trucks 8,501 – 15,000 GVW) INSPECTION STATION FULL SERVICE GAS ISLAND GREAT VALUE QUALITY SERVICE 36 BLACKSTONE STREET WOONSOCKET 401-766-3270 WWW.TERRYAUTOLTD.COM Gil & Meika 2008 TOYOTA RAV 4 FWD, Loaded 80K miles ............................... $ 8,295 Now Offering On-Site Bank Financing Westlake Financial WE BUY CARS 2008 FORD EDGE 2003 BUICK LE SABRE Loaded, 153K miles ........................... $ 4,495 97K miles, loaded ........................................... $ 3,295

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