Committee will present Blocksidge Field plan

The Swampscott Board of Selectmen has directed the Athletic Field Study Committee, an advisory committee, to present its three-phase plan to rebuild Blocksidge Field to the Capital Improvement Committee and the Finance Committee. The first phase of the plan, which may go before Town Meeting members at the annual meeting on May 6, seeks $1.54 million to pay for a new field and facilities, according to committee chairman Christian Urbano, including concrete foundations, but not stands, for spectators or light poles. The stands and light poles would be installed in the second and third phases, with funding from by private donations, according to Urbano. The committee presented the board with the plan to rebuild the field, located at Phillips Park, on March 6. The town is seeking to improve the facilities, citing a lack of recreational space and overuse of other town fields. A similar project was presented at Town Meeting in 2012, with a price tag including $1.85 million in town funds and up to $850,000 in private donations, but narrowly failed to garner the needed two-thirds majority of votes.