New town fitness facilities will open this year

By Janice Steinhagen - Staff Writer
Lisbon - posted Tue., Jan. 3, 2012
The new 200-meter track in Lisbon is located adjacent to both the elementary school and the senior center. Photos by Janice Steinhagen.
The new 200-meter track in Lisbon is located adjacent to both the elementary school and the senior center. Photos by Janice Steinhagen.

Lisbon residents who have made getting fit one of their New Year’s resolutions may find that promise easier to keep this year. Two new recreation and fitness facilities will open this spring, giving walkers and tennis players a spot to pursue their chosen exercise regimen closer to home.

The town started work on both a 200-meter track and a regulation tennis court back in October, said First Selectman Tom Sparkman. Work on both projects is wrapped up for winter, he said. “We’ll probably finish the landscaping around the track this spring,” he said.

The asphalt for the track has already been laid and the surrounding area seeded. Last-minute touches to the track will include fencing and painting, as well as additional landscaping, Sparkman added.

Both facilities are in the center of town, for easy access by residents. The track is adjacent to Lisbon Central School, the senior center, and Town Hall, so fitness walkers and runners of all ages will find plenty of adjacent parking.

The tennis court is across the street, just off Route 169 on the 59-acre grounds of Lisbon Meadows Park. A small parking area accompanies the single court, with a short driveway from the road. The court is enclosed by a netted chain-link fence and includes benches within the enclosure.

The ribbon-cutting for the new town tennis court will also come this spring, Sparkman said. “These are projects the Recreation Committee has always had in mind to do,” he said. “It was part of the town’s long-range plans to do the tennis court. The community track is something people talked about and inquired about for a long time.”

The price tag for each project was about $250,000, said Sparkman, but he added that both projects “will cost the town nothing.” The community track was paid for with town funds, but the town will be reimbursed for the full cost by Lisbon’s grant from the Local Capital Improvement Program (LoCIP) of the state’s Office of Policy and Management. The bill for the tennis court will be paid by a Department of Energy and Environmental Protection grant procured by the Recreation Committee, he said.

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