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Crocker Field roof to be replaced.

Byline: George Barnes

FITCHBURG - Work will begin soon on one of the city's jewels, with the announcement that the roof of the Crocker Field grandstand will be replaced.

Lenny Laakso, director of public works for the city and president of the Crocker Field Restoration Committee, announced yesterday that Alpha Weatherproofing Co. of Somerville has been awarded the contract to replace the roof on the grandstand.

"That's something that has been needed to be done for a long time," Mr. Laakso said.

The grandstand was built and roof installed in 1918 when Crocker Field was built. The field, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was built with money donated by the late Fitchburg industrialist Alvah Crocker. It was designed by the Olmstead Brothers of Brookline, the architectural firm that also designed roads around and in Acadia, Great Smoky Mountains and Yosemite Valley national parks, the grounds around Fresh Pond in Cambridge, and the grounds of Harvard Business School.

Mr. Laakso said that when he joined the Crocker Field Restoration Committee 18 years ago, the grandstand roof was the top of the priority list for renovations at the sports field.

The roof project is expected to cost $121,500, which is being paid for through grants and donations.

The roof will be under repair leading to the annual Thanksgiving football game between Fitchburg and Leominster high schools, but it won't interfere with the game.
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Publication:Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, MA)
Date:Nov 6, 2009
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