Using Kern Park for a girls softball complex appears increasingly unlikely.
But officials said they are trying to find an alternative location that might work out better.
City Councilor Mike Rimcoski said he is firmly opposed to putting new fields at the long-neglected Kern Park and called on park officials to find another spot.
Rimcoski said that the former Roberts property, purchased for $1.2 million seven years ago for a recreation complex, may be the best option.
The Bristol Girls Softball League is searching for a place to build at least a couple of new fields to accommodate its growing numbers of young softball players. It currently uses Little League fields at off times.
City Councilor Kevin McCauley, co-chairman of the Roberts Committee, said he suspects there are “a lot of leagues out there” that are interested in having fields at the 46-acre site on Chippens Hill.
City Councilors recently asked the Park Board and the Roberts panel to consider the request from the girls softball league.
A park panel subcommittee has already been looking into it, but hasn’t made any decisions.
The Roberts property has been largely ignored by city leaders since the Board of Finance gunned down the initial request two years ago for money to move ahead with $6.3 million recreation complex that included a lighted, synthetic playing field and parking for hundreds of cars.
Mayor Art Ward said he would still like to see the site used for one of the two new 900-student schools sought by the Board of Education, but a majority of the council favors putting the building in a sand pit off Barlow Street.
A final decision on the school site is likely within a few weeks.
The Bristol Soccer Club and several other youth sports leagues have long called on the city to create more fields for young athletes to use. They say there is a serious field shortage in town.
City leaders, including Ward, have said that better oversight of the use of the school and park fields would help. They also said that the new schools can offer more fields that might be able to help alleviate the crunch.
Tom Tabacco of the girls softball league said that his teams need a facility.
“The girls don’t have anything in this town,” Tabacco said.
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