2007-03-08 / News

Committee approves money for path study

By Michaela Kennedy

Last week the School Committee asked the superintendent to find $5,000 in the present budget to help fund a recreational development project on and near school grounds. The first phase of the project will target possibilities for recreational improvements in the area, as they were reported by School Committee member Julia Kallfelz at the Feb. 27 meeting.

Kallfelz read a memorandum from Rolling Agenda, a local biking and walking advocacy group which leads the project. The memo, entitled "Best Land Use: Jamestown School Grounds and Perimeter Study," noted various local groups that have joined forces with the school department and town planner, "to improve the number and quality of recreational opportunities for all Jamestowners." The Jamestown Soccer Association, Jamestown Baseball Association and tree warden were listed as participants in the effort.

The venture will begin with a site survey of both schools and the surrounding areas, in order to "make overall better use of the grounds surrounding the town's schools, all while treating the Native American burial grounds with due sensitivity," according to the memorandum. The survey will include an overlay of the burial grounds, Kallfelz said. The study is expected to cost between $6,500 and $8,000.

The project will continue on to the planning phase, which is estimated to cost $30,000. The coalition hopes to improve the condition of the town athletic fields on Lawn Avenue, improve bike and pedestrian access to the schools and athletic fields, install alreadypurchased fitness trail equipment, design and install playground equipment at the Lawn School, improve the "Town Forest" area between the school buildings, and improve car and bus traffic flow and parking around school buildings.

Kallfelz also said fund-raising efforts have already begun.

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