Trinity Stadium, Other Haverhill Athletic Facilities to Reopen for Allowed Rental Uses

Trinity Stadium press box, named in honor of veteran WHAV broadcaster Bill Pike. (WHAV News file photograph.)

The Haverhill School Committee voted last week to reopen Trinity Stadium and other sports facilities for rental by local athletic groups.

Now, however, as the state has begun allowing sports facilities to be opened once again, albeit with some stringent guidelines, School Superintendent Margaret Marotta said she would like to see them made available to allow kids to get out of their houses as well as to bring in some extra income. Athletic Director Thomas O’Brien said he was primarily interested in opening the stadium and the turf field and tennis courts at the high school with restrictions.

“No more than 10 people at a time, following all the guidelines the governor put out and, basically, doing the same thing that the city’s doing on the recreation side with their outdoor facilities,” O’Brien said.

Committee member Scott W. Wood Jr. asked who would be responsible for policing those facilities to make sure the guidelines are being followed.

“Well, it’s going to be a combination of our own staff, mostly our coaches. Again, there’s an extensive checklist they would have to go off and they would be responsible for all that. They would pay the cost to cover that as part of their rental fee, whatever they’re paying, so it wouldn’t cost us anything,” O’Brien answered.

O’Brien went on to say that Haverhill based groups would be given priority when it comes to usage.

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