Central Falls Sports Fields Updates

See below for a description and breakdown of the projects being completed in the city.  Please note that all dates and projects are subject to change.  Updated on 2/13/2020

Francis L Corrigan Sports Complex (Higginson/Ivan Perez Field):

Under mandatory construction by Narragansett Bay Commission due to Moshassuck Valley Interceptor Project (replacing massive sewer line).

Current Timeline:

◦Pavement of Higginson Avenue, Sports Complex parking lot and drive/walk to begin Friday September 27th (COMPLETED on 10/2)

◦Connection of electrical system and irrigation system to be completed in October. (COMPLETED)

◦ Trees and foliage that was removed, has been replanted or replaced to it's original status (PARTIALLY COMPLETED)

◦slice seeding of ball field and practice field . Looming and hydroseeding areas that were disturbed (COMPLETED)

◦Negotiating commenced for final restoration plan for the football field (COMPLETED)

◦1/27/20 The Narragansett Bay Commission (NBC) will proceed with follow-up work at
Higginson Complex (IN PROGRESS)

◦The storm drainage pipes that run under Higginson field are collapsing and must
be replaced as soon as possible. NBC will replace the pipes and restore the above ground facilities that
are disturbed after construction is complete (IN PROGRESS)

IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING PARKING AND AVAILABILITY: Due to the work taking place on site, the majority of the complex will be closed down for safety purposes. The parking area is scheduled to re-open Memorial Day weekend. We anticipate the football field and track to open between Jul 1st and August 30th depending on the issues confronted during construction. Thanks to the courtesy of our business owners, we have established alternative parking for residents and our athletes visiting the softball field or basketball courts at the following locations:

Burger King
800 Lonsdale Avenue, Central Falls
Parking available along the fence in lined spaces only (Please see red highlights on map)

Packaging & More
30 Higginson Avenue, Central Falls
Parking available in lined spaces only. Please do not block driveway or loading dock as their heavy
work trucks come in and out on a daily basis (Please see red highlights on map)



NOTE: This is a storm water improvement infrastructure project and completely separate from the Moshassuck Valley Interceptor project that was recently completed. All sport teams will be accommodated as needed throughout the duration of the work. Feel free to reach out with any inquiries (401) 727-7455

NOTE:  We are restricting the use of the newly seeded fields to avoid any complications during this growing season.  Once the grass has fully matured, the fields will be available for the public to use.  This does not include the football field.


Macomber Stadium and 1304 High Street.

The City of Central Falls is currently working with the Narragansett Bay Commission to limit direct discharge of sanitary sewer water into the Blackstone River during rainstorms. City land (parks and roads) in the northeast corner of the city was deemed the best location for the installation of green stormwater infrastructure to capture rainwater before it enters the city's combined (stormwater and sanitary) system. During site preparation for these projects (November of 2017), it was discovered that city parks at 1304 High Street (an old trucking terminal), 53 River Street (the old DPW), 950 High Street (Macomber Stadium), and 987 High Street (Pierce Park/Saul Tarlow Field) are contaminated brownfields. The city is currently working with the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management to address these contamination issues.  Here is an anticipated timeline for these projects.


Macomber Stadium:


◦Bids open – Contract to be awarded at September 24th NBC Board meeting (COMPLETED)

◦Intent to Award letter sent September 25th to J H Lynch & Sons Inc.; contractor seeks State EEO and MBE/WBE approvals (COMPLETED)

◦Once State approvals are received, a Notice to Proceed is issued. (COMPLETED)

◦Generally, work will commence a month after the Notice to Proceed is issued – contractor must submit shop drawings for approvals, then order and receive materials.  (CONTRACTORS BEGAN WORK ON 10/28/2019)

◦Once construction commences with the following stages, it should be completed in 5 months.

Construction stages:

◦Stage 1 – site demolition and soil removal (IN PROGRESS, WORK STARTED ON 10/28)

◦Stage 2 – installation of underground drainage system 

◦Stage 3 – fill with clean material, grade site, install retaining walls, walks and other amenities

◦Stage 4 – installation of turf; seed grass areas and plant landscaping

◦Estimated opening of field – late Summer early Fall 2020


1304 High Street


Pre-Development Steps:

-July 2015- City seeks US Environmental Protection Agency for site investigation

-July 2015- City began negotiation of the purchase of the property

- June 1027- Redevelopment Agency votes to acquire property via eminent domain

- November 2017 Site investigation report completed and contamination identified

- Spring 2018 Narragansett Bay Commission agrees to develop soccer field as part of a green infrastructure project as part of phase III CSO

-August 2018 Phase 1 environmental assessment completed

- December 2018 settlement of property acquisition lawsuit

- February 2019 Narragansett Bay Commission Phase III CSO demonstration plans released

-May 2019 Water Quality Plan for green infrastructure approved

-August 2019 Remedial Action Workplan Approved

-September 2019 Narragansett Bay Commission awards construction contract for green infrastructure/soccer field


Construction has begun and consists of the following stages

◦Site grading and installation underground stormwater structures (IN PROGRESS, WORK STARTED EARLY OCTOBER)

◦Construct retaining walls around the site (IN PROGRESS, WORK STARTED EARLY OCTOBER)

◦Install geotextile barrier across the site except infiltration basins

◦Install between 6 to 8 inches of common borrow across the site and grade

◦Install irrigation system

◦Install 10 inches of loam across the site

◦Install sod on the playing field and seed other areas – this may happen in Spring 2020

◦Field opens for use – September 1st, 2020

Please note, for various times throughout the work at 1304, High Street will be closed up until the railroad tracks and re-opened at the end of their shift


We encourage you to drive by any of these projects to get a glimpse of what's coming!  Thank you all for your patience throughout this process.  Feel free to contact Parks & Recreation or the Planning Department with any questions.  


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