HAMPSTEAD – The Hampstead Association of Softball and Baseball (HASB) is on the path to getting a new storage shed at Depot Field.
At Monday night’s Recreation Commission meeting, the proposed location of the shed was moved closer to the field entrance rather than next to the dugout so it would be in view and less prone to vandalism.
Its size, which has been the subject of debate, was agreed upon as a standard 6-foot by 8-foot shed that would be 10 feet high at the peak. It would be a moveable, temporary building used for storage of equipment and field maintenance tools.
The Recreation Commission asked that HASB obtain exact figures for the cost and size and go before the Planning Board and Board of Selectmen to obtain those boards’ approval, and then let Recreation know those boards’ decisions.
HASB also proposed working on the field at Woodland Pond and creating two softball fields there instead of the current little used baseball field. T-Ball would also be played there if the change is made.
Recreation Commission members reminded Jason Wood, HASB spokesperson, that there are a lot of wet areas at that field.
HASB will ask contractors to look at the field and give estimates for accomplishing the proposed work. The commission cautioned HASB to have the field sizes and the costs associated with the project exact and three bids in hand before seeking Planning Board and Board of Selectmen approval, as well as how it would be funded – warrant article or inclusion in the Recreation budget, with the HASB share detailed.
In other business:
• Basketball subcommittee chairwoman Kim Colbert told the commission members the outdoor basketball court work is underway. She said the company assured her the work would be completed by week’s end but it would be taped off to cure and workers would return July 6 to paint the lines.
She said almost all the pledged money has come in and all necessary funds to pay for the project are in or expected, except for fencing costs. She said the subcommittee would continue to work to raise funds for fencing. Anyone wishing to help can send contributions to the Outdoor Basketball Court, P.O. Box 235, Hampstead NH 03841.
She said an opening ceremony would take place on Labor Day.
• The board accepted a letter seeking membership to the commission from Deb Della-Selva, and asked that she be available to be introduced to and approved by the Board of Selectmen at their June 22 meeting.
• Work on the tennis courts hasn’t started because of a problem with signing the contract. Recreation Director Angie Ingraham asked that the work be completed on the court no later than July 3, as the courts are needed for the Summer Recreation Program.