New parking area built for rec field access

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LIVERMORE FALLS — Resident Ron Chadwick commended town workers Monday night for the new parking area at the recreation field near the Tri-Town Skate Park off Foundry Road.

Public Works Foreman Bill Nichols designed the lot to try to address concerns about parking and handicap accessibility issues to the playing fields after the new bike-walk path was installed, Town Manager Jim Chaousis said.

The town crew did the work.

Chadwick suggested signs be put on Foundry Road to direct people to where the parking is.

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Work is continuing on enhancing the recreation area and other areas in town, Chaousis said. The crew and Chaousis want to see how the new gravel parking area packs down.

A Facade Committee that worked on oversight of a $150,000 Community Development Block Grant has agreed to turn over any leftover funds from that grant to the town, Chaousis said Wednesday. Otherwise it would have to be returned to the grant program.

Businesses had to apply for the match-grant money, up to $25,000 each, and match each grant $1 with $1 from the businesses. The initiative was to improve business facades in the downtown area.

It is estimated after all grant-associated work is done that there will be $13,000 to $15,000 left, Chaousis said.

Some of the money will go toward more picnic tables, trash receptacles and benches at the recreation field area and other town properties where those items would be a benefit to the public.

Resident Richard Korhonen asked Monday if handicap-accessible parking will still be available off Foundry Road so that someone can sit and watch a game or go down to the field. There was an area that led to the field prior to the new pathway being installed.

Chaousis said at this time there is the parking lot below with a handicap spot and there is still one above.

“We have limited funds,” he said. This was a short-term fix, Chaousis said, and they will work on a long-term plan for the area.

Korhonen said he would be contacting the state to make sure there is compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

His late wife used the former pathway down to the recreation field for several years before she died, Korhonen said.

dperry@sunjournal.com

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