New pavilion gives CYSA permanent base at Diamond Hill

New pavilion gives CYSA permanent base at Diamond Hill

CYSA volunteers and town officials posing in front of the new pavilion at Diamond Hill Park are, from left, Curtiss Grieve, Jackie Hilton, Mike Clancy, Chris Butler, Kevin Fitzgerald, Al Lopes, Jay McGinn, Mayor Bill Murray, Greg Tucker, Bob Shaw, Scott Dauphinee, Anthony Caetano, and Recreation Director Mike Crawley. Not pictured are Mike Friedland and Brandon Lemois. (Valley Breeze photo by Ethan Shorey)

CUMBERLAND – The volunteers of the Cumberland Youth Soccer Association finally have a permanent landing spot.

Saturday mornings once consisted of volunteers lugging four pop-up tents from storage containers and then wrestling them up. When it rained, the work was done in the mud, and plywood was often put down for traction, creating an unsightly mess.

When a gust of wind destroyed $800 worth of tents in 2015, said Bob Shaw, registration volunteer with the CYSA, “we thought, we’ve got to do something different.”

Volunteers had long discussed building a pavilion similar to what many other communities have, said Shaw, but those plans quickly took off after that 2015 incident. Volunteers like Anthony Caetano began contacting their connections and devising a plan to build a new permanent structure that could house the CYSA’s food and beverage tables and any other activities of the youth soccer association.

“Everyone was pretty excited to help,” said Caetano.

The wood pavilion gives a certain sense of stability for an organization that has established itself as one of the best in the state, said Shaw.

At the start of the second week of the 2017 fall soccer season, volunteers gathered on Sept. 2 with town officials to celebrate the opening of the new permanent facility at Diamond Hill Park. The pavilion accomplishes many things, said Shaw, including creating a more convenient headquarters for CYSA, establishing a new level of safety if there’s ever severe weather, and adding character to the park. Construction began in April of last year.

The deed for Diamond Hill Park requires that any new amenities must be turned over to the town, so the pavilion immediately becomes town property, even though it’s paid for entirely through the CYSA, $11,000 or so, and donations of materials and labor. The town also contributed to the project, said Shaw, as workers dug the hole for the cement slab the pavilion rests on. As in other towns, picnic tables can be placed under the structure for use when CYSA isn’t in session, he said.

Mayor Bill Murray said he appreciates what CYSA volunteers have done to improve the park, saying the organization continues to be a valuable partner for the town.

There are many people who helped with construction, including Shaw, Caetano, Greg Tucker, Joe Ribeiro, Daniel Hyland, Frank Dimazio, Johnathon Rojas and Trevor Capaldi. Shaw thanked several companies for contributing labor and materials, including Ruel Concrete, Adamsdale Concrete, and Anchor Fence, as well as the town for its assistance.

CYSA is now the second largest youth sports organization in the state, behind only the Warwick Firefighters Soccer Club. About 950 children participate in the CYSA recreation soccer program, he said, and CYSA serves some 1,400 players total.

Find more on CYSA at www.cysa-ri.org .

Comments

CYSA volunteers are wonderful. Thank you! Now, let's have the town run you guys an electric line, for goodness sake so you don't have to rely on a generator. The town really could do more for Diamond Hill Park. Go to the soccer/baseball fields in Attleboro, MA, trust me, they don't have to haul out a generator for power.