Manchester’s $5 million project for a skate park and soccer field gets key approval

The town’s planned expansion of Charter Oak Park has taken another step forward after securing a pair of approvals to build a new skate park, artificial turf field, and parking area on an underused lot. The 7.4-acre lot at 30 Charter Oak St. currently contains municipal soccer fields, an abandoned softball diamond, and part of the Charter Oak Greenway. Town staff, backed by the Board of Directors, have proposed construction of a 390-by-240-foot synthetic turf field, a combination skate park and pump track, a 74-space parking lot, and various other amenities and features. Town Engineer Jeff LaMalva said the project is estimated to cost $5 million, split into two phases. He said the first phase, consisting of the field, parking lot, and utility building, will begin being construction around July and be completed in spring 2025.

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