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This Day in Norwood History-January 12, 1950-New Play Area With Skating Rink For Senior High Grounds

Town meeting members will have an opportunity at the special town meeting in the spring to take action on a new play area at the Senior High School, which among other things would provide facilities for a skating rink, according to a plan suggested by School Superintendent Lincoln D. Lynch and which is looked on favorably by the School Committee.

The project, which would be carried out on the site of the present tennis courts at the school, would serve a number of purposes, and probably most important would furnish the school hockey team with a practice rink. The team now must go to Boston or Providence for its practice sessions except on the infrequent occasions when local weather conditions are favorable for the use of Petty’s Pond.

Superintendent Lynch points out that the present tennis courts at the Senior High have not been fully used for many years, largely because of the expense involved In maintenance and upkeep. School

Committee members feel generally that if there were erected on the site of the present tennis courts a hard-surfaced area which could be used in the winter time for skating and for hockey and during the fall and spring months when the ground is apt to be safe and damp, but where the weather overhead is good, for such games as basketball, volleyball and badminton, it would be an excellent community investment.

It is believed that the improved area could be furnished with all necessary equipment for about $25,000.

The School Committee has approved unanimously a proposal by the Superintendent that an article be inserted in the special town meeting warrant which is to be called immediately before the adjourned town meeting, calling for a community decision on the question.

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