Beacon Field was acquired by the Town of Greenfield in April 1923 for one dollar from Fredrick and Francis Wells.
Use Restrictions: None
Beacon Field is located in one of Greenfield’s densely populated residential neighborhoods slightly east and north of the center of Greenfield. Bordered to the east by Rocky Mountain Park and directly below the popular Poet’s Seat Tower, Beacon Field is used all year around. In addition to its location and variety of facilities, this park is used for town wide events such as the Winter Carnival, Independence Day Festivities, and seasonal recreation. The Beacon Field property also includes an adjacent open lot on the west side of Gerrett Street. A complete inventory of Beacon Field is below.
Gerrett Street Lot Acreage 23,000ft2 Map/Lot 079-7 Legal Reference N/A
Located on the West side of Gerrett Street is a town owned property that is considered to be part of Beacon Field. It is currently an open grass area with a few mature trees. The Gerrett Street parcel is an idle piece of property.
The regulation lined football field is used by organized recreation leagues, Greenfield Schools, and neighborhood residents. Soccer and football games are played on this field. It is complete goal posts at either end that are removed during the winter months when part of the field is used as an ice skating rink. At the time of assessment the field was heavily worn at both end zone areas and lightly worn in the center of the field.
The football field is home to the Pop Warner Youth Football League from August 1 to November 1.
Baseball Diamond (1)
The baseball diamond was in poor condition at the time of assessment. Its shared outfield with the football/ soccer field makes for poor grass conditions in right and center field areas. The infield skin surface was holding water in the major wear areas around the bases and at the home plate area. The infield grass surface was healthy but the pitching mound and home plate area were worn. The fencing along the backstop and first and third foul territory had cosmetic weathering but seemed functional in providing spectator protection and stopping foul balls.
The baseball diamond is scheduled for use from April to November 1st by the Babe Ruth Baseball Association.
Located on the Sanderson Street side of Beacon Field are 5 clay surface tennis courts. The courts are lined and playable during the tennis season approximately May through October depending on weather conditions. The clay courts are maintained by the Department of Public Works that perform routine maintenance each year. During the off-season the fenced in tennis courts are locked to prevent damage to the saturated clay surface. When the tennis courts are opened for the season, surface finishing tools are provided at the courts to be used as needed by the participants.
The courts are used for open play, adult co-ed singles leagues, and tennis lessons.
An individual play tennis backboard is provided adjacent to the clay tennis courts. The backboard is made of concrete and the foot surface of the backboard area is asphalt. Both surfaces are in acceptable condition and are not showing major signs of wear or necessary maintenance. The backboard is lined to represent net height but no other tennis lines are present. The practice backboard area is not fenced in with the clay tennis courts and can be used at any time.
A former toboggan run is located on the eastern side of Beacon Field between the two parking lots. The lower portion of the toboggan run is currently used as a small sledding hill. Sledding is not considered a formal use of the area.
A youth play area is located on the Sanderson Street side of Beacon Field. It was recently renovated in the Spring of 2012 and features a Play Structure, Grasshopper Spring Rider, Climbing Rock, Swings, and benches.
Water Fountain (2)
There are two water fountains at the Beacon Field premises. They operate seasonally and are maintained by the DPW. They are located at either end of the park near Beacon and Sanderson Streets.
Two gravel parking lots exist on the premises off Beacon Street and Sanderson Street. There is also a small gravel parking area along Sanderson Street in front of the tennis court area.
A possible improvement to this park could be to provide legible signage, identify proper parking areas, and the addition of a sidewalk. The addition of signage could be used to designate the park and direct parking to the proper locations. The addition of a sidewalk could allow patrons to walk through the park via a safe path.The condition of the playing fields may need to be addressed. A proper maintenance schedule could coincide with an event schedule to allow for proper playing surface maintenance. A combination of rest/ restricted access, reseeding, and soil amending might be an integral part of the maintenance plan. Coincidental to this plan, a master maintenance plan should be developed to allow for these services to be applied. These plans should be implemented and adjusted accordingly to the goals of the Town of Greenfield. Furthermore, long range plans include drainage improvements to the tennis area.