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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 01-09-2020

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CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | JANUARY 9-15, 2020 CUMBERLAND 11 The cost of that project is anyone's guess, he said, as it would have to go out to bid. "It might be a $2 (million) to $3 million project," he said. Murray did not originally give an estimate for what he thought the work to develop two new multi-use athletic fields would cost. Mutter recently tasked the Parks and Recreation Commission with tak- ing an inventory and creating a field use plan. That's somewhat separate from the field maintenance plan pre- viously approved. The town continues to beat up the fields at nearby Diamond Hill Park through overuse, Mutter said, and the recommendation all along has been to get everyone off those fields for a year so they can rest. "It's just not as quick a purchase (Mercy Woods) and it's ready to go," he said. The commission will create a num- ber of options for the town to con- sider moving forward, he said. "We need a plan that's going to allow us to get off these fields so we can maintain them properly," he said. The town is doing the best it can to keep up at the Diamond Hill Fields, he said, but the usage break in the summertime just isn't enough. "They're not what we want them to be," he said. The commission will investigate all options for getting new fields online, he said, including the long-debated idea of creating athletic fields at the town property called Gainsborough Commons at the corner of West Wrentham Road and Elder Ballou Meetinghouse Road. Murray had previously suggested that property as one that could accommodate new fields and allow the Diamond Hill fields to rest. The 2018 purchase of the Mercy Woods preserve from the Sisters of Mercy, using a variety of funding sources, was hailed as one of the town's most significant land purchases in history, conserving open passive recreation space, protecting water supplies, and giving the town plenti- ful options in addressing a shortage of athletic field space. The purchase agreement with the Sisters of Mercy allows the town to develop fields on 17.5 acres of Mercy Woods, not just the two acres for the first two fields, but the Sisters received assurances from the town that no additional fields beyond the planned initial two would be added during the first five years after the purchase. MERCY WOODS From Page One Please let our advertisers know that you read about their products or services in The Valley Breeze Newspapers. The doctors and staff at Oral Surgery Services want you to be comfortable. Our doctors, dually certified by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and the National Dental Board of Anesthesiology, are complemented by an experienced and caring team of medical professionals. Now Open in Cumberland Dr. Joseph Domingo and Dr. Frederick Hartman Please visit us at our new state of the art office 2176 Mendon Road, Cumberland, RI 401-769-1200 • Serving the Rhode Island & Southeastern MA community for over 50 years. Dental Implants • Wisdom Teeth • Adult and Pediatric Anesthesia Corrective Jaw Surgery and Reconstruction • Facial Trauma Head and Neck Infections, Pathology and Apical Surgery VOTED TOP DENTIST in RI MONTHLY

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