The Pawtucket Red Sox today introduced design concepts that would make a new downtown ballpark at Slater Mill a public "Park at the Park" for citizens to use year-round. In addition to PawSox games, scholastic activities, and community events, the ballpark would include concerts, hockey, and access for walking, reading, and picnicking.
SUMMER CONCERTS: The ballpark could be designed to accommodate live performances under the stars by musicians and recording artists.
WINTER HOCKEY: The park could feature a skating and hockey rink during the winter for children to have ice time and for teams to use for special events.
MORNING, NOON, AND EVENING STROLLS: Citizens could take walks or go for runs on the warning track or on the concourse at select times. (The playing field itself, of course, would have to remain untouched.)
RIVERSIDE READING: With its intended proximity to Pawtucket's Blackstone River and its Falls, citizens of all ages could sit on park benches to read or study.
PICNICS ON THE BERM: Families could enjoy picnics, overlooking the field.
LUNCHTIME ON THE MONSTER: A replica of Fenway Park would allow fans to have lunch on the Green Monster, with views of the field and downtown simultaneously.
COMMUNITY HUB: The park would serve as a community gathering place, with venues for outdoor and indoor events
THE PRIDE OF PAWTUCKET: Community members could walk around the concourse, admiring paintings from local artists, plaques about Pawtucket's historic role in America, and baseball artifacts that are currently on display only on the Suite Level at McCoy Stadium.
THE BEST PLACE TO PLAY: Children can enjoy time after school, on weekends, or on summer days at a new "Pawtucket Playground" that would include a variety of amenities, such as a modern version of an old-fashioned summer sprinkler.
THE FUN OF FRISBEE: Enjoying a staple of so many city parks, residents and visitors can enjoy a Frisbee toss throughout the day on the berm and areas outside the grandstands.
"A beautiful, clean, safe park is a civic asset," said PawSox Chairman Larry Lucchino, who created the San Diego Padres' "Park at the Park" at Petco Park. "We envision this park as a community focal point and gathering place in the heart of our downtown."
In addition to San Diego, the concept of a year-round, public park has been implemented at such minor league ballparks as the Fort Wayne TinCaps and the Columbia Fireflies.
This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.