TOWNSEND — Two new outside basketball courts and a volleyball court are one step closer to reality.

The Townsend Recreation Department has raised money and gotten quotes for installing the courts on town-owned land between the library and the Hawthorne Brook Middle School and Squannacook School on Dudley Road according to Recreation Commissioner Richard Corsini.

He met with the Capital Planning Committee to explain the project on Feb. 9.

The Recreation Department is self-supporting department, said Carolyn Smart, clerk of the Capital Planning Committee. The department does not receive town funds and pays for its activities through charging fees and fundraising.

The recreation department has raised close to $70,000 through donations and fundraisers. When Corsini became a commissioner a few years ago the account only had $500.

“This is hard-earned money,” he said.

The cost of the courts will be around $50,000, he said.

It will be a good location for pick-up games for kids when the courts are not scheduled for league use, Corsini said.

The courts will be located close to an existing road for easy ambulance access and will most likely be fenced. Lights are not planned right now.

There should be no problem with storm water run-off from the courts, Highway Superintendent Ed Kukkula said. The site was formerly the highway department yard.

Additionally the land is hard-packed and should provide a good foundation for the courts, Corsini said.

“We’re hoping when the courts are put in they’ll last 50 years,” Corsini said.

The courts could potentially be used as a skating rink in the winter, he said.

The project must be included in this year’s capital plan for the project to be approved at town meeting, Smart said

The project might end up ranking low in priority on the capital plan compared to requests involving public safety or other mandated purchases. Since it is self-funded will likely be included on the warrant, she said.

The recreation department has the support of the selectmen to use the land, Corsini said. They plan on meeting with other town boards such as the Planning Board as needed.