Fundraising efforts have begun on a proposed new snack shack to be built by Acadia Youth Sports, and donated to the town. The snack shack will be built in an area of the field that has access to running water. IMAGE COURTESY OF ACADIAN LITTLE LEAGUE

Fundraising underway for snack shack

BAR HARBOR — The project to replace the dilapidated snack shack at the ball fields on Park Street is underway, and organizers are seeking donations.

“The old snack shack has put out its last hot dog and needs to be replaced,” said Andrew Shea of Acadian Little League (ALL), a group that operates under the nonprofit organization Acadian Youth Sports (AYS), “so we are looking to fundraise and put up a new shack and storage building.”

The ball fields are town property. Upon completion, the snack shack will be donated to the town, just as the original snack shack was donated in 2006. The town and ALL operate the fields and building jointly under a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).

The project has met the approval of the town’s Parks and Recreation Committee. The town council gave the go-ahead in September, amending the MOU “to allow for the design, build and funding of the project.”

Initial plans have been drawn up by LARK Studio of Bar Harbor, who did the work at no cost, Shea said.

The $75,000 fundraising campaign has started on social media, said AYS Board President Tony McKim. Fundraising letters will go out over the next few months, he said.

“Once funds are raised, we will go through the standard permitting process and details with the town,” Shea explained. The organization has already met with interim town planner Angela Chamberlain about the requirements for setbacks and other specifications.

“We are absolutely thrilled to take this project on,” said McKim. “Improvements to the fields have been a passion of ours for more than 15 years, and we are always trying to improve upon our young athletes’ experiences.”

According to public works director Chip Reeves, the original snack shack donated in 2006 is now dilapidated.

“It has substandard electrical situations, and no water or sewer services,” he wrote in a memo in August. “It has deteriorated to the point that it leaks, has softened walls and is not secure.”

The proposed new snack shack will be located closer to Park Street, in a central section of the field that will have access to running water.

“It’s unbelievable that we were able to do for so long out of that old building with no water!” Shea said. “We will now have a proper snack shack and proper storage for the field equipment and supplies.

“This is the last piece of the puzzle from the project we started back in 2012 when we renovated both fields and added scoreboards, dugouts, etc.”

Becky Pritchard
Former Islander reporter Becky Pritchard covered the town of Bar Harbor and was a park ranger in Acadia for six seasons.
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