Lowell Little League ends agreement for park use

2013-12-13T00:00:00Z Lowell Little League ends agreement for park useMelanie Csepiga Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
December 13, 2013 12:00 am  • 

LOWELL | At the town's request, the Lowell Little League bowed out of its Freedom Park land lease agreement this week, but league leaders hope there may baseball fields at the park in the future.

"We do wish to be part of what's happening out there. ... We don't want to hold up Freedom Park, but we would hope we can be part of it in the future," said Brian Roney, Lowell Little League's president.

The league entered into an agreement with the town in 2009 that provided an option to lease about 34 acres of the 114-acre park for 25 years.

Since then, the league paid no rent and didn't take steps to move league play to the park.

The lack of action from little league officials and expressed interest from local girls' softball organizers prompted the council to urge termination of the lease agreement.

Roney said the agreement was entered into "two boards ago," and the money needed to make any move to Freedom Park has not been available since that time. For example, the league would be responsible for certain improvements such as lighting.

The league currently plays on fields at the Lowell Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6841. Improvements were recently made there.

Roney said the Lowell Little League is transitioning and its leaders want to change how it operates.

"We want to open up a relationship with the town," he said.

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