Council chooses option for fieldhouse project

This is Option A for the Quincy Field House, a conceptual design used to estimate features, size, shape and costs of a proposed project to add a recreational facility next to Lauzier Park. A membrane roof would enclose the fields.

A major recreational enhancement envisioned for Quincy’s Lauzier Park area took a step forward last week with the Quincy City Council choosing one of four concepts for a fieldhouse.

The fieldhouse concept has been under consideration at City Hall since at least the beginning of this year. What size, the price tag and what functions it would serve were all questions to be studied. A sketch of a possible fieldhouse layout published at in January 2022 showed how 7-on-7 soccer fields, pickleball courts and basketball courts could be housed in a new facility under a membrane roof.

A fieldhouse would provide places for year-round play and exercise. It has also been touted as a potentially great venue for tournaments and a tourism magnet for the city.

The council’s vote during its Nov. 15 meeting likely did not settle all the questions around such a project, but it did give the city staff direction as to what the council prefers.

Municipal Services Director Carl Worley introduced the fieldhouse agenda item, saying, “This is a request by staff to get direction from council to identify the proposed option for the recreational fieldhouse and to allow staff to explore finding options for the option selected.”

Without hesitation, council member Tom Harris made a motion for Option A, among four conceptual design options, at least one of which included building it in phases.

There was no discussion before the council approved the motion.

The options laid out ranged in cost from about $12 million to $23 million. Option A is the $23 million version, with four fields, two courts and offices on a footprint of 143,808 square feet.

In an email to the Post-Register, Harris explained his preference for the project.

“I like Option A because it gets the fieldhouse project completed quicker. Doing it in phases would take longer and would cost more money,” Harris wrote. “The fieldhouse will be a huge asset for our community.”