RYE — The town held a ribbon-cutting and open house to celebrate completion of the Rye Recreation multipurpose storage facility at 55 Recreation Road.
Residents, the Select Board, recreation commissioners, town staff, community leaders and the builder Jarrod Patten of JRK Builders NH gathered to share in the community’s accomplishment.
The ceremony included opening remarks from Recreation Commission chair Gregg Mikolaities. He thanked those in attendance for their support, spoke about the project’s history and brought attention to the building attributes and other improvements at the recreation area.
Voters approved a warrant in March 2018 to fund $150,000 to build the multipurpose recreation storage facility in response to the need for proper program and storage space for Rye Recreation that has been ongoing since 1999. Over the years, the Recreation Commission has completed a Recreation Master Plan, conducted two town-wide recreation needs surveys, had an architect complete a facility and space needs assessment of Rye Recreation facilities and the Select Board appointed members to a Rye Recreation Facilities Space Needs Assessment Committee.
At every turn the lack of appropriate, climate-controlled storage was identified as a critical shortcoming. Rye Recreation, which provides a range of programs and services to residents, holds programs at more than 12 different sites, with supplies and equipment until now stored in 19 different locations.
Those present toured the multipurpose storage facility, which features 1,820 square feet of overall space. The concession area is 208 square feet, heated, overlooks the Ralph Morang Multipurpose Field, has a closet equipped to serve as a future restroom if decided and is where the timer for the exterior lights is located.
The heated storage area is 780 square feet, has double doors for easy entry, is furnished with shelving, has ample workspace and houses the irrigation controls. The unheated storage area is 728 square feet, has shelving and a garage door. Two community lockers, each 52 square feet, are accessible from the building’s exterior and are being used by Rye Little League and Rye Soccer Association. The electrical was brought underground to the building and the waterline was installed by the Rye Water District.
The former soccer snack shack and adjacent utility sheds were demolished by the Public Works Department and the access to the overflow parking area was relocated in consultation with the Conservation Commission to the back of the building.
Residents, Select Board, Budget Committee, Capital Improvements Program Committee, Conservation Commission, Demolition Review Committee, Planning Board, Zoning Board of Adjustment, Recreation Commission, Recreation Facilities Needs Assessment Committee, Rye Water District, Building Department, Finance Department, Police Department, Fire Department, Planning Department, Public Works Department, selectmen’s office, Recreation Department, and JRK Builders NH were acknowledged for their support.