Neighbors will have chance to weigh in on Deerfield Park June 25

Neighbors will have chance to weigh in on Deerfield Park June 25

SMITHFIELD - Community residents who have expressed concerns over future plans for Deerfield Park will have a chance to discuss the issue at a work session the Town Council has scheduled for 7 p.m. on June 25 at the Senior Center within the park.

The park has been the subject of several complaints to the council in the past few months from homeowners who live along various points of the perimeter.

The residents told the council that in addition to annoyances involving noise and traffic, they have felt left out of the planning process for the 98-acre park.

Among their concerns were a proposed Little League batting cage near houses along Wampum Trail - now to be moved - and plans for a multi-purpose ball field in a section of the park off Austin Avenue.

Residents of the latter area also expressed reservations about the proposed upgrading of a park walking trail off Austin Avenue so it can be used by the high school cross-country team.

According to Council President Alberto LaGreca Jr., the work session will include a discussion of all elements that are planned for the park.

In another matter at its June 4 meeting, the council announced that the town's Independence Day celebration will once again be held at Bryant University, on the evening of Sunday, July 7, and will feature a return appearance by the Navy Band Northeast.

The council also re-appointed Catherine Rickert to the Planning Board for a term expiring in May, 2016, and voted to increase its annual contribution to the High School Parent Council, for the senior post-graduation party, from $100 to $250.