Ballston Spa School District officials mull athletic fields needs

In addition to field space, groups discussed the need for a cluster of fields, so they could host tournaments, and adequate concession stands to produce revenue to support their programs.

Representatives from the municipalities were receptive to the needs of the sporting groups.

"It doesn't matter where the field is located, it benefits our kids," said Romano. He said he is willing to do anything in his power to help the groups.

"There are ways the villages and townships can help," said Sacks.

Malta's five year Capital Plan includes the acquisition of land for a recreation field complex.

"In the future, Ballston will be looking at space for a park," said Southworth. Jenkins Park is the town's only park space, and the fields are used for baseball practice in the spring, according to Southworth.

"The workshop provided focus in helping develop the next steps possibly on a regional basis," Ball said.

Ball plans to send out surveys to the sports groups in attendance to gather information on field needs for public officials to begin the planning process for additional field space.""

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