Town Meeting Day: Four Communities Set to Vote on Rec Fields

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Town Meeting Day is almost here for communities throughout Vermont.  That means people will be talking town and school budgets, as well as a host of other topics, including youth sports in Washington County.

Four different communities in Washington County will decide whether to go all in on a recreation complex, which is already home to the area’s youth sports programs.

It’s a little complicated, but follow along.  The rec fields found inside the Mad River Park in Warren are privately owned.  The land is commercially zoned, and the owner is looking to sell.  So the Mad River Recreation Department, which serves the communities of Warren, Waitsfield, Moretown, and Fayston, is looking to take action.  The Rec group is asking voters to approve a more than $31,500 line item to purchase the land, ensuring it remains sports fields for those communities.
 
Warren Selectboard Chair Andrew Cunningham helped work on the language of the article.  He’s got kids who’ve played in local youth sports programs and says they learn valuable skills from being part of a team.  “It’s exercise, it’s learning how to play with each other, learning how to be responsible to teammates, how to be challenged and how to overcome challenges, how to win,” he said.

One hundred thousand dollars were already raised, and a $225,000 grant secured.  If all four communities say yes, that overall total of $126,000, would go along way towards the purchase.

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