Members of the held a ceremony Tuesday morning to celebrate the start of construction on a at .
The stand, which will be located between DiMauro and Vicino fields, is being funded strictly from donations and will replace the wooden concession stand that has been used for more than 18 years, according to Rocky Hill Little League President David Sevigny. Officials will use money from their existing capital improvement funds, which is about $50,000, and will need to raise about $40,000 to $50,000 more for the project, he previously told Patch.
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"It is great for the little league and it has been on our radar for a long time. It is time to go forward," Sevigny said. He added construction on the project is expected to begin this week and the stand should be completed by the beginning of next season.
There could also be "potential changes" to project, Sevigny said Tuesday morning. In the original plan, the structure, which has been in the works for almost eight years, was supposed to have two levels. The ground level would have bathrooms and the stand itself while the upper one will be used for town and little league storage. Sevigny said the structure may only be one level and not have as much storage as previously designed.
Several Rocky Hill officials attended the ceremony included Town Manager Barbara Gilbert, Parks Department Crew Leader Walt Sykes, Park and Recreation Department Director Lisa Zerio and Mayor Anthony LaRosa. The mayor thanked the members of the Rocky Hill Little League for their dedication to the project and helping better the town itself.
"As mayor, I thank you for maintaining and improving the community in which you live in," he said. "You are to be commended."
LaRosa and Gilbert told the little league members that the town staff would be made available to help them with the project.
The Little league is selling bricks, which will help pay for the project. The bricks will be engraved and placed on the patio leading away from the stand. The cost of the bricks is as follow:
- 1 Brick - $80
- 2 Bricks - $150
- 3 Bricks - $200
The town council fully endorsed the project in April as well as the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board.