2014-08-15 / Letters

Alabama firm wins playground bid

Foundation donated funds for Wiffle ball field, playground and basketball court
By Alex Acquisto
Staff Writer


A computer-generated model of the future playground in Lower Village Park is displayed in front of the site. On Tuesday evening the board of selectmen approved the nearly $39,000 bid from GameTime Co. to provide the materials and construct the park. Lower Village Park has undergone reconfiguration in the past year after Tom McNamara, on behalf of his son, the late Tommy McNamara, proposed a new Wiffle ball field, half basketball court and playground be funded, in part, by the Tommy McNamara Charitable Foundation. 
(Alex Acquisto photo) A computer-generated model of the future playground in Lower Village Park is displayed in front of the site. On Tuesday evening the board of selectmen approved the nearly $39,000 bid from GameTime Co. to provide the materials and construct the park. Lower Village Park has undergone reconfiguration in the past year after Tom McNamara, on behalf of his son, the late Tommy McNamara, proposed a new Wiffle ball field, half basketball court and playground be funded, in part, by the Tommy McNamara Charitable Foundation. (Alex Acquisto photo) KENNEBUNK — The town has accepted a bid of nearly $39,000 by Alabama-based GameTime Co. to construct a playground in Lower Village Park.

The playground will be located behind Washington Hose Fire Station, in the recently reconfigured lot that now houses the Tommy McNamara Wiffle Ball Field.

Funds for the field, the new playground and a new basketball court were donated by the Tommy McNamara Charitable Foundation as a way to remember McNamara, who drowned in 2012 at the age of 25 while swimming with friends off the coast of Kennebunk.

McNamara’s father, Tom, proposed plans for the memorial Wiffle ball field, new playground and half-basketball court last year. Required construction began late this spring.

The Wiffle ball field was completed and opened earlier this month, promptly followed by a memorial Wiffle ball tournament.

Tom McNamara said of his son in November, “This is where Tommy had spent a fair amount of time with his brothers and friends. We wanted to dedicate something to him here because this is where we’ve made our home.”

The McNamara Charitable Foundation is partially subsidizing the construction of the park, the half-basketball court and playground. Once constructed, the town will maintain the park.

As it stands now, the field is located on the end closest to the parking lot, in the old outfield from the Little League field.

An American flag stands behind the fence at center field. On either side, at left field and right field, classic ballpark metal folding chairs sit in raised wooden boxes painted white, harkening to the old-fashioned ballpark style.

“We wanted to maintain the colors of the backyard where the boys played,” McNamara said in November.

The playground will be installed behind the third base line, between the ballfield and the gravel parking lot. The single basketball hoop stands at the opposite end of the parking lot on pavement.

Said McNamara in November, “We definitely wanted to go something the spirit of a community project that families could enjoy.”

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