Rec Director Outlines Upcoming Outdoor Improvements

Changes and improvements are coming to outdoor recreation facilities in the center of town.

“Our office is working closely with the Department of Public Works and the town manager’s office. We had a Fields Partnership meeting,” Recreation Director Josh Smith told the Recreation Commission last week.

Smith said the tennis courts on Railroad Avenue near the John Glenn Middle School parking area will be striped so their primary use will be for pickleball. That is expected to take place in the spring.

The pickleball nets will be portable and a net for tennis will remain in the middle, he said. There will be secondary lines for tennis courts.

The current temporary solar-powered lights will be replaced by lighting in the spring if approved at next month’s Special Town Meeting, he said. Commission Chair Robin Steele noted that they will be directional lights in response to concerns from some nearby residents.

Next spring, Smith continued, the tennis and basketball courts on the Bedford High School grounds will be resurfaced and painted, including filling all cracks. “If we do everything together, they will shut down for a week,” he said, noting that funding has been approved for the current fiscal year.”

Repairs to the skate park behind town center and improvements to the children’s playground, focusing on accessibility, are also on the agenda and also funded. “It’s going to be a busy spring,” Smith said.

And at Springs Brook Park, the agenda features additional shade structures and repairs to the spray park, which is now operating at 40 percent capacity because of plumbing issues, Smith said. The DPW can repair the pipes enough to realize 80 percent spray without the need for additional funding, he added.


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Jay Matrona
3 months ago

It is great that the courts will be resurfaced….Please replace the lights at the Bedford HS tennis courts! They are known amongst tennis players for how awful they are and it makes players from Bedford go to other towns.

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