The $18.8 million Hyannis Youth & Community Center broke ground last month, culminating an idea that began eight years ago when the Barnstable Youth Hockey Association recognized a need for a new rink. A public-private partnership ensued, when the Barnstable Town Council realized their youth center, too, was outdated and overused.
The new combined center, two blocks from downtown Barnstable, will contain two ice hockey rinks, two gymnasiums, basketball and tennis courts, a jogging track, classroom and function space, and a youth center. The HYCC will serve tots, teens, adults, and seniors.
In my dwindling-down City Hall capacity, I am currently in the process of finalizing a similar public-private partnership in the form of a license agreement to allow the Newburyport Youth Soccer Association to use the soccer field at Cashman Park.
Is there a need for an indoor soccer facility in Newburyport? The NYSA has current arrangements with three outdoor fields, and indoor venues in Beverly, Topsfield, and Hampton. What about the Newburyport Youth Hockey League having their own place separate from the Graf Rink? Or the Pioneer League?
I don’t imply Newburyport should mimic Barnstable, but it’s worth a thought, no?