As a parent of two elementary aged children in the Northborough Public Schools and a Northborough resident who cares deeply about the quality of our community, I am writing to urge fellow residents to vote in FAVOR of the “Gonkplex” upgrades at Town Meeting.
This upgrade is long overdue as there have been no significant changes made in almost 20 years. Due to its age, the current facility has a great deal of deterioration, in some cases, is out of compliance and even deemed unsafe. The track no longer meets MIAA standards for hosting meets, forcing all ARHS track events to be held at other schools. Fall and spring sports teams often can’t use the grass fields due to weather, with excessive puddling a common occurrence. The fields are rarely, if ever, available for youth sports and other community uses because of the need to “rest” the grass fields to keep them playable.
The new track and turf fields will address all of these issues. The turf is plowable and state-of-the-art drainage will make the fields and track usable in short order after rain or snow.
I have two athletic children who will likely be part of sports teams at Algonquin, but “Gonkplex” will benefit far more than the athletic community. It will include a multi-purpose amphitheater to host various concerts, theater productions and other community-based events, and to serve as an outdoor classroom. Other new additions will include pickleball courts, an outdoor basketball court and, most importantly, making all amenities and seating ADA compliant.
This complex will be available for ALL residents to utilize, including youth sports, town recreation programs, musicians, performing artists, and our vast array of community groups. If you want to arrange a friendly game of pickleball or take a walk with a friend, the “Gonkplex” will be a place to go. It will offer something for EVERYONE and will be central part of our community!
Please join me in voting for the Algonquin Athletic Complex Upgrades at Town Meeting on Monday, April 24th. Our current and future youth as well as all residents deserve this!
Rebecca Foley Mihopoulos
Northborough Resident, Parent, Community Affairs Committee, Zeh PTO and Northborough Youth Basketball Board Member