Quonset Development Corporation (QDC) Managing Director Steven J. King was joined by Secretary of the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation Stefan Pryor, North Kingstown Town Manager Ralph Mollis and Megan DiPrete from the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RI DEM) to cut the ribbon on four new athletic fields on Friday, September 14 at Quonset Business Park. Located in the North Davisville section of the Park, the 22-acre athletic field complex is now available for public use.
The development of the fields was made possible by joint efforts of the QDC, Town of North Kingstown and RI DEM, including a $400,000 RI DEM grant and matched donations of $200,000 from the QDC and the Town of North Kingstown.
“We are grateful for the continued support of the North Kingstown community,” said QDC Managing Director Steven King in a press release issued on Monday. “QDC is glad to be a part of the community, and we hope the new athletic fields will be enjoyed by North Kingstown residents for generations to come.”
The two new athletic fields are an addition to an array of public amenities at the Business Park. Quonset is home to a 2.5-mile bike path, four public beaches and a public golf course.
“We have had a productive relationship with the Quonset Development Corporation for many years, and we are excited for the opportunities these fields will afford North Kingstown residents,” North Kingstown Town Manager Ralph Mollis said in the release.
Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management played a key role in funding this collaboration. “Protecting open space and supporting public recreation are two key goals of our agency,” said RI DEM Director Janet Coit. “The benefit to the residents of North Kingstown and the leadership of the Quonset Development Corporation made this project easy for us to partner on.”
The fields are now open for public use and will be available in Fall 2018 for North Kingstown’s soccer leagues.