North Quincy’s Cavanaugh Field will get $110,00 in upgrades, a move intended to bring some life into one of the city’s most heavily used fields.
The announcement, made at a Quincy City Council meeting on April 1, comes only months after the city spent approximately $1 million to create a track at Faxon Field, next to Quincy High School.
The track enabled runners to move their practices from Cavanaugh field to Faxon, but Cavanaugh remains a popular spot.
“Cavanaugh Stadium is used for just about everything,” said Chris Cassani with the Park Department.
According to Cassani, Cavanaugh is not only used by North Quincy High School, but also by several private schools in the area, and at one time or another, has been utilized by Quincy High School and Middle School track teams, lacrosse, rugby, and even cricket.
“It’s been the workhorse in the north part of the city for a very long time, and it’s showing its age,” Cassani said. “That’s the reason for the project”
The upgrades, being funded from the hotel/motel tax, will include adding 700-800 cubic yards of topsoil to increase the root zone and help with drainage. The project will also install irrigation.
“This will allow us to do a middle term [fix] to make the field playable again,” Cassani said.
Some of the initial work will be done in house, Cassani said, and the irrigation and sodding work will be put out to bid.
Though the project is starting soon, the bidding work may take some time. When the field becomes operational will also depend on how quickly the sod takes.
Cassani said he expects the field to be ready at the latest by the fall.
At the April 1 meeting, councilors spoke in support of the project.
“I think this is a great way to dedicate some resources to our park system,” said City Councilor Margaret Laforest. “Cavanaugh has been a work horse…every Friday there are hundreds of kids. It will be a great opportunity to bring this back.”
Though Quincy has been committed to upgrading the fields within the city’s limits, Cassani admitted that the city will always have more work to do.
“There’s always things you can do, we’re trying to put forth a long-term strategic vision for other fields that need attention,” he said.
From varsity fields to fields utilized by youth sports and adult leagues, “we have a huge amount of use so you always need to pay attention to your inventory and be looking for short and long term solutions,” Cassani said. “We’ll never be done, but always be working on it.”