North Kingstown Youth Lacrosse takes the Field at Quonset
Spring has arrived at the Quonset Business Park and the North Kingstown Youth Lacrosse league season is underway. The games are played on the Park’s new 22-acre athletic field complex, a joint effort of the Quonset Development Corporation (QDC), the Town of North Kingstown and the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RI DEM). A $400,000 RI DEM grant, matched by donations of $200,000 each from QDC and the Town, financed the project.

The North Kingstown Youth Lacrosse league President Devin O’Rourke and 5th and 6th grade lacrosse coach Paul Danchak are both thrilled to be using the new fields at Quonset this spring.

“The team at Quonset has been great – we’ve worked closely with Jack (Sprengel) and Arthur. Any time we have a suggestion, they are on it,” said O’Rourke. “They laid a foundation for our shed and put trim around the bottom to make it look better. They really went above and beyond.”
“It has been a pleasure working with them,” he added “I cannot overstate how much easier this year has been compared to last season, before we played at Quonset.”

“When you love the game of lacrosse as much as we do in North Kingstown, you want the sport to be shown in its best light. The Quonset fields are dedicated specifically for lacrosse, and that’s really special,” Coach Danchak added. “I’m unaware of another program in Rhode Island that could say that. As a parent and coach, I appreciate all the hard work that goes into the organization, maintenance, and care for our complex.”

“We are grateful for the continued support of the North Kingstown community,” said QDC Managing Director Steven 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.”
Award Winning Wastewater Superintendent Retires After 40 Years at Quonset
For nearly 40 years Dennis Colberg led the Quonset Wastewater Collection System and Treatment Facility. After a long career in ensuring Quonset’s water quality Quonset Wastewater Superintendent Dennis Colberg has retired. As Wastewater Superintendent, he was in charge of the wastewater collection system, made up of 20 miles of gravity sewer lines and force mains, four pumping stations, and a state-of-the-art wastewater treatment facility. The facility also operates an Industrial Pretreatment Program in compliance with state and federal laws.
Under Dennis’ leadership, the facility was honored multiple times by the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Regional Wastewater Awards Program. Pictured above with EPA staff and Bill Young of QDC celebrating the 2017 award.
“The QDC extends its sincere gratitude to Dennis for his many years of leadership and hard work leading Quonset’s Wastewater Treatment Facility,” said QDC Managing Director Steven King. “The facility’s smooth operation is essential to the Business Park’s success, and the many EPA awards it has received over the years are a testament to Dennis.”  
Quonset Express free-of-charge through the end of the year
The Quonset Express will remain free-of-charge for riders through the end of 2019, the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority recently announced. The pilot service, a partnership between RIPTA and the Quonset Development Corporation, is the only transit line that operates directly into Quonset Business Park.

The service provides two nonstop trips between the Kennedy Plaza bus station in Providence and Quonset Business Park on weekday mornings and two trips from the Park back into Providence on weekday afternoons. The bus line makes stops throughout the Park at various locations, including Electric Boat, Toray Plastics and Ocean State Job Lot.

“The Quonset Development Corporation is happy to join RIPTA in providing this transit service that is the first of its kind,” said QDC Managing Director Steven King. “Offering the service free-of-charge for the rest of the year will ensure even more Rhode Islanders have easy access to the Business Park.”

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