BAR HARBOR — Hundreds of baseball and softball games are played at the town athletic fields on Park Street every summer, more than 50 of them coming in one weekend alone, at Acadian Youth Sports’ (AYS) annual Marty Lyons little league tournament.
Just as with high school and college sports, the fans and sometimes the players get hungry on game day. For many years, AYS has served hot dogs, nachos and other common snack fare from a shack located along the third base line of one of the fields, between the field and the batting cage.
But that building is not connected to the town water and sewer systems, and its electrical connection is substandard, Public Works Director Chip Reeves said last year. It has also begun to leak, and the walls are deteriorating.
So late last year, AYS embarked on a $75,000 fundraising campaign to demolish the existing shack and install two new, prefabricated buildings in the same area. One will be the new snack shack, complete with water and sewer, and the other will be a storage building for the group’s equipment.
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 AYS operate the fields and building jointly under a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).
The town council gave the go-ahead last September, on the recommendation of the Parks and Recreation Committee.
Initial plans have been drawn up by LARK Studio of Bar Harbor, who did the work pro bono. The new snack shack will be further down the third base line, AYS Board President Tony McKim, and plans include a new seating area in the spot where the old snack shack sits.
They hope to have the snack shack ready for this year’s Marty Lyons tournament, set for the first weekend in August.
“Watching our youth play in any of our sports programs, but specifically our baseball and softball programs has just been the joy of a lifetime for me,” McKim said.