New concessions building coming to Burr's Hill Park

By Ethan Hartley
Posted 10/20/21

Various parks and recreation projects got the go-ahead from the Town Council during their October meeting, including a new bathroom and concessions facility at Burr's Hill Park near the Town Beach.

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New concessions building coming to Burr's Hill Park


Various parks and recreation projects got the green light to proceed from the Warren Town Council during their October meeting last Tuesday night, including the design for a new concession/bathroom/storage facility near the Town Beach, as well as roof repairs and a new bathroom facility for the Pete Sepe Pavilion.

Town Beach facility

The facility to be constructed near the Town Beach will replace the existing bathroom structure (originally built in the 40s) east of the parking lot to Burr’s Hill Park, near the bandshell. Recreation Department Director Tara Thibaudeau said that it would be a place to sell concessions, would have bathrooms and serve as office and storage space for the town.

The $15,000 design phase of the project is to be conducted by Addaspace LLC of Bristol, and will be funded by a Department of Environment Management (DEM) grant. It was passed by the council unanimously under the condition that Town Solicitor Anthony DeSisto could closer examine the contract prior to signing off.

Thibaudeau said that the anticipated date of completion for the new facility was the spring of 2022.

Pete Sepe Pavilion

Addaspace received another approval from the town for the design phase of an ADA-compliant bathroom facility to be located at the Pete Sepe Pavilion, located on Asylum Road near Hugh Cole Elementary School. The $3,000 design phase will come from the recreation department’s budget, and was approved by the council, again with the condition that DeSisto would be able to review the contractual terms. It should be completed by the spring of 2022

Generating some discussion was whether to spend $9,670 or $14,960 on roof repairs for the Pete Sepe Pavilion, with the former allowing for a shingle layering project and the latter allowing for a complete stripping and re-shingling of the structure. As there was only $10,000 available in the budget line, the layered shingling approach ultimately won out, with Councilman Steve Calenda voting opposed out of principle.

“I’m not in favor of kicking the can down the road,” he said.

The roof repairs should be done by the end of the calendar year.

Fixing field flooding

Recreational fields got some love, with drainage studies being approved by the council for Veteran’s Field at Kickemuit Middle School and the multi-use fields located on Asylum Road to assess flooding issues and try to increase use of the fields.

The Veteran’s Field study was projected to cost $14,400 and the multi-use field study would cost $11,300. The work will be conducted by BL Companies Inc. of Meriden, Conn. and will come from the town budget.

Other parks and recreation news
• The Town Beach Playground project has been delayed until April of 2022 in order to allow the ground to compact and settle over the winter. A link will go live on Jan. 1, 2022 on the town’s website for volunteers who wish to help with the building of the playground.
• The new Pirate Playground at the Baker Street Playground is currently undergoing installation by Warren DPW, and will hopefully be completed by the beginning of November.
• The Community Garden committee has reconvened, and meetings will be held throughout the winter with a goal of starting up in late spring. Those interested in participating in the discussions should check out the Warren Parks & Recreation website for dates and times of meetings.
• The Burr’s Hill Park tennis courts will be temporarily locked due to vandalism that has been occurring in the area. Keys to the courts will be available at the Warren Police Department’s dispatch center at 1 Joyce Street.


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