by Margaret Witham
The Roberto Clemente Field renovation project being done by Emmanuel College as part of a public-private venture is nearing completion according to Margaret Dyson, Director of Historical Development at the Boston Parks and Recreation as well as the Clemente Field Project Manager.
We are planning to complete it “at the end of August” Dyson reported Aug 12, 2009 in a phone interview. The track will be available to the public and the fences will be removed, she added.
The $4 Million renovation of Clemente Field (actually only one diamond is named for Roberto Clemente) by Emmanuel will have a variety of people enjoying it.
Paul McCaffery, “the Permit guy” at Boston Parks and Recreation assures the community that the agreement for use by the Boston Public Schools is “sacrosanct”. Boston Latin will use it from 2 -6 Mon – Fri for football, Boston Arts Academy/Fenway High School will play softball there in the Spring as will Snowden International High School. Kickball players will be applying for use again. Northeastern’s use is considerably less now as they have access to other facilities in Roxbury and the South End.
Great news for runners, power walkers and strollers: the track is open to all, all the time.
The City of Boston-Emmanuel College collaboration is a 10 year agreement to be revisited presumably in 2019.
Margaret Witham, a former editor of the Fenway News, lives in the West Fenway
CORRECTION, Aug 17, 2009: Margaret Dyson’s title has been corrected in the above article.