Local leaders (above) gathered at Quonset for the ribbon cutting of a brand new 22-acre athletic field complex last week. The fields were made possible by the joint efforts of the QDC, Town of North Kingstown and Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RI DEM), including a $400,000 RI DEM grant and matched donations of $200,000 from the QDC and the Town of North Kingstown.
Located in the North Davisville section of the Business Park, the fields are now available for public use.
“We are grateful for the continued support of the North Kingstown community,” said QDC Managing Director Steven J. King. “QDC is glad to be a part of the community, and we hope the new athletic fields will be enjoyed by North Kingstown residents for generations to come.”
The four athletic fields are an addition to an array of public amenities at the Park including the 2.5-mile bike path, four public beaches and a public golf course.
“We have had a productive relationship with the Quonset Development Corporation for many years, and we are excited for the opportunities these fields will afford North Kingstown residents,” said North Kingstown Town Manager Ralph Mollis.
RI DEM played a key role in funding this collaboration. “Protecting open space and supporting public recreation are two key goals of our agency,” said RI DEM Director Janet Coit in a statement. “The benefit to the residents of North Kingstown and the leadership of the Quonset Development Corporation made this project easy for us to partner on.”
The fields are now open for public use and will be available in Fall 2018 for North Kingstown’s soccer leagues.
Pictured above, l-r: North Kingstown Superintendent Philip Auger; North Kingstown Town Manager Ralph Mollis; QDC Board Member Greg Mancini; QDC Managing Director Steven King; North Kingstown Town Council President Richard Welch; State Representative District 32 Robert Craven; RI Commerce Secretary Stefan Pryor; RI DEM Manager of Planning and Development Megan DiPrete; and QDC Board Member Kerry McKay.