“The board offered to look for another location — if the new place worked for the project,” Flaherty said. To that end, he says, the youth baseball outfield was extensively studied as a possible site.
But the project was halted a second time in 2012 when “the youth baseball group vigorously opposed the site after initially viewing it as acceptable,” said Flaherty.
As recently as March of this year, two residents issued letters of complaint to selectmen regarding the installation on the Bachelor Street site, contending the recreational complex was already too congested and built to capacity. They would have preferred the recreation board find an alternative site, such as behind Page Elementary School or on the Pentucket secondary school campus.