About the Project
Harold Rankin Park is the most used recreational facility within the City of Lowell. The City owns the property and has served the community as a park since 1978. Harold Rankin Park is approximately 7 acres and features 2 baseball fields, a concessions/restrooms building, a playground, a basketball court, a picnic shelter, exercise equipment, and a walking track.
Following several public input meetings and surveys in 2021 and 2022, a site-specific Master Plan was developed for Harold Rankin Park. The Master Plan will be implemented in phases, as funding is available or secured.
Phase 1 of the project includes upgraded restroom facilities, a nature trail, pickleball courts, a bocce ball court, a new half-court basketball court, conversion of land to a multi-purpose field, and a playground expansion with upgrades. The playground will be designed to be universally inclusive and the restroom facility will be ADA / ABA compliant.
Future improvements will include ballfield bleachers, ballfield dugouts, ballfield fencing, batting cage, parking and access improvements, paving and relocation of the northern entry drive, a new concessions/restroom building, and an additional shelter.
In the summer of 2023, the City of Lowell was awarded a total of $1,000,000 in grants for the Harold Rankin Park revitalization project. The first of the two $500,000 grants was awarded by the Parks and Recreation Trust Fund (PARTF.) The second of the two $500,000 grants was awarded by the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF.) Both the LWCF and the PARTF grants require a 50/50 match however, these two grants match each other, with no match requirement on behalf of the City of Lowell.