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Pony Express Selectman Meeting, Monday, December 5th - Ipswich Little League


OUR TOWN NEEDS MORE ATHLETIC FIELD SPACE

If you agree, then please attend Town Meeting on Tuesday, January 24th for the purchase of the ‘Pony Express’ property.  The property is 126 acres with frontage on Essex Rd, Candlewood Rd & Choate Rd.  The intention of this purchase is to use a portion of this land to build new athletic fields for Ipswich Youth Sports, as well as use the land for conservation, and environmental education. 

There is also a Board of Selectman (BOS) meeting this Monday at 7 pm at Town Hall where you can learn more about the property and purchase.  

See attached and below for more information on the property and purchase (flyer has incorrect town meeting date). 

FAQ:

 1.     The need for additional athletic fields in Ipswich has been determined by the Athletic Field Study Committee in reports to the Town provided in 2007, 2010 & 2013. These discussions have been held at public selectmen’s meetings, school committee meetings, finance committee meetings, open space committee meetings, and the athletic fields study committee meetings.

 2.      Since 2013, travel soccer has lost its long access to Raymond Fields on Essex Rd. The loss of these 2 fields adds to our athletic field deficit.

 3.      The plan to build more athletic fields in Ipswich was included as an action item in the Open Space and Recreation Plan produced by the town and formally approved by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in 2013.

 4.      The Athletic Fields Study Committee has inventoried all public lands in town and assessed their suitability for development as athletics fields. There is no existing public property that could support more than two full sized multipurpose fields

 5.      Many non-public properties have been evaluated for their suitability for fields. To date, only the Pony Express property meets the land requirements, access to major roadways and a motivated owner. The existing polo field can support 4 new multipurpose fields. They will be natural grass and have no field lighting. Acquired land will also support the construction of two additional fields. Land for off street parking is included.

 6.     There are no wetlands on the proposed town portion of the property.

 7.     The existing polo field is irrigated using an irrigation pond and a well.

 8.     The athletic fields off street parking will be accessed from Candlewood Rd

 9.     The Town’s Parks & Cemeteries Dept will maintain these fields.

 10.    The Town’s Parks & Cemeteries Dept will control access to these fields.

 11.     The requested funds will cover the land acquisition cost and the initially planned athletic field development.

 12.     The public will have access to the entire property.

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