Recreational Facilities

Recreational Facilities

  • Larter Family Memorial Field
  • Swallow Union Playground
  • Tennis Courts
  • Bike Trail
  • Woodward Pond

Larter Family Memorial Field

A little background information on the location and some of the items you might notice at Larter Field: 

In 2000, after the land for the field was donated to the town by Margaret Larter and her family, the town voted to fund construction of the recreational fields and facilities. The DYAA contributed $10,000 to help the town pay for the construction of the fields and spends $5-7 thousand every year on field maintenance. In gratitude for her generous donation, the other bench under the flagpole is dedicated to Margaret Larter.

Ever since Larter Field was opened, it has been one of the most popular gathering places in town. In addition to Opening Day, it is the site of Dunstable's Annual FireCracker Road Race, which has been held on July 4th each year to raise funds for construction of a playground.

Besides all the sports activities, residents use the field for walking, riding bikes, roller blading, running their dogs, and flying kits. In the winter, it has become a favorite place for sledding. The phrase "build it and they will come" certainly applies to Larter Field.

The DYAA has been hosting an Opening Day at Larter Memorial Field ever since the field was opened for recreation in 2003.  

May 2006: In a special ceremony as part of the Larter Memorial Field Opening Day event, the Dunstable Youth Athletic Association dedicated a bench and a flagpole as a memorial to Adam Barros, who died at the age of 13 in a tragic accident several years ago. The spirit of the event coupled with perfect weather, drew hundreds of families to Larter Field for the event.

As a baseball player, Adam was known for having the kind of team spirit that the DYAA promotes. When Adam died, the DYAA received over $5000 in anonymous contributions that were donated in his memory, so they wanted to put some of that money towards a memorial that would call attention to his sportsmanship as example for future ball players. During the ceremony, Brian Locapo read a tribute to his sportsmanship that Adam's coach and neighbor Michael Galvin had prepared in advance, knowing that he would not be able to attend the ceremony. Adam's parents expressed their gratitude to the community for their support.