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January 9, 2014

Planning Board reviews proposal for upgraded McEvoy Park

NORTH ANDOVER — The Planning Board’s hearing Tuesday night on the proposal to overhaul McEvoy Park drew about 20 people, many of them neighbors.

None voiced opposition to the project, according to Planning Board member David Kellogg.

The plans submitted by the town call for replacing three softball diamonds and two soccer fields, installing an underdrain and irrigation system, building an off-street parking area and erecting a restroom/concession/storage structure.

The plans also include building a larger playground and replacing a full basketball court with a half court.

While McEvoy Park is a popular location for sports, puddles after a rainstorm make playing difficult if not impossible. Richard Green, a member of the town’s Fields Committee, said an underdrain will eliminate that problem.

Residents have also complained about the lack of off-street parking at the field.

Last year’s Town Meeting approved spending about $900,000 in Community Preservation money to upgrade McEvoy Park, located between Sutton and Chadwick streets. The Community Preservation is raised by a 3 percent surtax on local real estate taxes plus state grants.

The Planning Board is expected to continue the hearing on the overhaul of McEvoy Park on Jan. 21.

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