Town Council approves submissions for two recreation grant requests

Town Council approves submissions for two recreation grant requests

NORTH PROVIDENCE – The Town Council last week gave the nod to a pair of grant submissions to the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management representing a combined $500,000 in local recreation upgrades if approved.

The first request was for a large recreational grant request for $400,000 to cover the cost of developing the proposed Pate Athletic Field off Ivan Street. It would be used to create a multi-use athletic field, restrooms, concession stand, press box, outdoor lighting and parking.

The second is for a small recreational grant of $100,000 to develop a community playground in the Marieville area.

Grant writer Lisa Andoscia said the large grant required council approval because there’s a 20 percent match required from the town in cash or in-kind services.

Asked by Councilor Ken Amoriggi about the expected timing on hearing back about the grants, Andoscia said the hope is to have the grant awarded and work starting next summer.

Peter Florio, a resident whose property abuts the Ivan Street parcel, told the council his life is already being impacted adversely by all of the land grading being done on the Pate property. He said the concession stand would essentially be in his backyard, and the entrance to the park space would be on the side of his home. Florio said the value of his home on Arthur Street will inevitably go down.

“I’m going through heck,” he said.

Officials said they’ll do their best to address Florio’s concerns.