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First, we are particularly delighted to bring attention to the new playground and pavilion open to use by all Clinton residents and surrounding towns. Given the high volume of athletic and community events at the fields, it made sense to convert some of the remaining open space to a more universal purpose, as well as a comfortable place to sit and view the sporting events happening all around. Particularly noteworthy is the newly-paved pathway sporting ADA accessibility for our patrons on wheels and encouraging stroller-friendly use. There are no plans to pave a path from the road to the current walkway as people are encouraged to use the parking area and access the sidewalk to the amenities.

Keep a lookout for the new drinking fountain to be installed as well. A more modern "bottle filler" was selected to accommodate varied use among athletes, spectators and the public at large. Folks can inquire about renting the pavilion at the recreation office (978-365-4140) for current rates, rental schedule and policies.

Second, and equally dramatic, the Little League has donated a new press box and purchased a concession stand that will operate during athletic events to enhance the overall experience at the ball field. Little League board members partnered with Clinton Parks and Recreation Department and the DPW to select a final "snack shack" footprint, achieving maximum satisfaction for all interests represented.

Due to the increased activity near the outfield, safety netting was extended to cover that general area for extra protection. Additional coverage was also installed down the first base line of the Little League field and on the adult softball field to protect cars driving on Water Street and those enjoying the games in the center of the fields.

Another significant contribution to mention is the mural on the gray retaining wall located inside the first base dugout of the adult softball field, currently painted by the Clinton High School art class. Students have been working all year on this project and are very close to being done. This mural highlights some of Clinton's best features and is an amazing piece of artwork that the students are very proud to complete.

Lastly, the new "No Parking Signs" along one side of Vale Street will bring order to the historic traffic problem, increasing safety on the street and encouraging people to park in the rear lot. Clinton Police are consistently reminding individuals to honor this recent shift in spite of motorists parking on both sides of the street for years, which created a hazardous, congested traffic flow at best.

Just this past week the Traffic Committee voted to move the current no parking signs to the resident side of Vale Street, leaving the option to park on the playground side of the road. The committee determined that cars could be more "off the road" on the playground side as opposed to navigating the steep banking on the resident side. Once the Clinton Building Committee and facility director determine incurred costs, the remaining funds will be dedicated to creating a permanent parking area behind the existing adult ball field.

The Clinton Parks and Recreation commissioners want to thank all who collaborated to install these recent additions at Savage Field as well as the sweat equity required to make a number of significant improvements to both ball fields. We also are very thankful to the voters who decided to invest in this town property by supporting various updates over the past few years. Clintonians can be proud of these value-added features our community can enjoy for many years to come.

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May 11, 2018


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