May 27, 2015
Berkshire Community College (BCC) will hold a Community Forum regarding a turf field to be constructed at the institution’s main campus in Pittsfield. The Forum will be held on Mon., June 1 at 5 p.m. in the Susan B. Anthony Lounge.
The turf field will serve as a community facility to be used by Berkshire County students, athletic teams and community organizations. Members of the community turf field committee, including Mike MacDonald, the unofficial chairman of the committee, along with BCC President Ellen Kennedy, will attend. They will be joined by Emily Stockman of Stockman Associates LLC, Eric Bernardin of Fuss & O’Neill and representatives from edm.
“The goal of the Forum is to provide members of the community with the opportunity to express concerns, ask questions and have a friendly dialogue,” said BCC President Ellen Kennedy. “This is a community project and we want to have a community conversation.”
In November 2014, the Commonwealth announced the release of $1.1 million in environmental investment for a community turf field to be located at Berkshire Community College’s main campus. This funding, part of $2.2 billion environmental and energy bond bill championed by Sen. Benjamin Downing and Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier, will mitigate previous unintentional damage to wetlands surrounding the athletic fields at BCC, while allowing for better drainage and the redirection of runoff to the vernal pools and wetlands.
The Pittsfield City Council has approved $200,000 for the community turf field project at the request of Pittsfield Mayor Daniel Bianchi. Additional private donations and contributions have been made to the project.