“I was the one that first proposed this to the clubs and I got the soccer club and lacrosse club presidents together,” he said. “I have been more involved than both of them (McDonnell and Landry) combined.”
Landry said there would be “plenty of time” for other groups and residents to use the facility.
“We expect the soccer and lacrosse clubs to use it, but there would be a lot of hours that they are not using it,” Landry said. “The recreational facility will be used by many, many individuals throughout town.”
Landry said town programs would also benefit, from senior activities like exercise classes or walking during the winter, to children using it for athletic events and summer camps.
McDonnell said the soccer and lacrosse clubs would still be charged to use the facility, but at a yet-to-be determined reduced cost. She also said the town hasn’t pinned a normal rental cost yet, but it is planned to be lower than those of private facilities.
“We have not gotten into the individual rate schedules but there would be a reduced cost to them (soccer and lacrosse clubs) … and they probably will receive priority scheduling,” said McDonnell.
Picking up the tab
To enclose the building and make it an indoor facility is estimated to cost $47,900, according to McDonnell. It had been thought it would be more costly. The clubs were going to construct an open-air facility to reduce construction costs.
“I think when you are doing something like this, it makes sense to get the 12 months out of it,” McDonnell said. “This will be a very good facility that will last for probably 25 years at a minimum.”
She said volunteers from the clubs would also do electric and heating work, so the town would only pay for supplies at an estimated cost of $56,000.