Many Westfield residents enjoy the amenities provided by Tamaques Park. However, the park is showing its age. Updates need to be made. Earlier this week, Greene Engineering and representatives from several local sports clubs met with City officials. They revealed a few potential Tamaques Park improvements that the City might want to consider.
Potential Tamaques Park Improvements Revealed
Representatives from PAL Football and PAL Wrestling as well as the Westfield Soccer Association joined Greene Engineering’s John Bell at a meeting on Monday, November 7th. One of the biggest complaints heard from current park users has to do with the lack of adequate parking. Because the limited space gets used up quickly, cars park on the grass or take up space in the surrounding residential areas. So, traffic around the park on busy Saturdays can be a headache. Using aerial photos, Mr. Bell indicated a few locations around the park’s 106 acres where additional parking could be created. Another possibility includes relocating the basketball courts to repurpose the area for even more parking. Mr. Bell assured City members that the proposed parking areas will not harm any trees.
Other Suggested Tamaques Park Improvements
After tackling the parking issue, Mr. Bell suggested constructing two multi-purpose fields. Soccer, baseball and lacrosse clubs could practice and compete on these fields. By allowing different groups to take advantage of the space, the park cycles the grass fields. As a result, this extends the community’s ability to utilize the area.
Next, Mr. Bell talked about replacing the dilapidated storage shed on the property with a Park Central Building. The new two-story structure would have a multi-purpose room for cheerleading practice, wrestling or other community activities. Concession stands and new public restrooms help bring more people to the games at the park. As a result, Booster Clubs make more money to continue their respective group’s activities.
Finally, Mr. Bell discussed the vintage cabin located at Tamaques Park. Due to its lack of insulation or working lavatories, the only use it receives happens in the summertime. Possible improvements to make it feasible for year-round operation include a new roof, installing new windows, replacing the rotten wood flooring and redesign the interior space. The City took these possible Tamaques Park improvements under advisement. We look forward to hearing a final decision soon.