The long awaited re-turfing of 911 field is done!
It’s a project that has been many moons in the making, with lots of moving obstacles. But Recreation is proud to announce that once the work began, things went smoothly – with a completion 2 weeks ahead of schedule:
The 911 Memorial Field renovation project is now complete, 2 weeks ahead of schedule and on budget. It is scheduled to open on time May 22, 2018 with a brand new turf surface. Opened in 2002, the 911 Field serves to honor Massachusetts residents who lost their lives on September 11.
In 2014, the Town of Southborough voted to fund the turf replacement, thereby allowing the funds to be paid back through field rental fees. Additional funding came from The Friends of Southborough Recreation ($10,000) and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care ($500).
In January 2015 Representative Carolyn Dykema and Senator Jamie Eldridge worked with Department of Conservation and Recreation, and filed legislation to increase the field lease from 5 to 15 years, which is required to have a 15 year bond. This involved the work of many community members, including Jim Hegarty, former Selectmen John Rooney and Selectmen Dan Kolenda, Town Administrator Mark Purple and former Recreation Commission Chair, Brian Shifrin and Commission member Sean Cronin. The legislation passed and a new lease was finalized in June 2017, immediately followed by a bidding process for field design and installation overseen by DPW Superintendent, Karen Galligan. The design was awarded to Pare Corporation and installation to RAD Sports.
During the construction phase, we were able to relocate many Southborough sports groups to other local fields, including Algonquin Regional High School, St. Marks School, Fay School, and the Town of Ashland.
The Recreation Commission is grateful for all that supported this project.
An opening ceremony will be held and will be publicized when plans are finalized.
You can look back at a history of the field through past blog coverage.
Because this is a Town field project, I know the question that some of you are asking, “What about Choate Field?” So, I checked in to confirm – yes, that project was completed and the lights are working at the field in front of Woodward School.
The parking lots were still closed off when I checked on the field tonight. But, since this isn’t a Town-owned field, it’s never meant to be a drop-in and play site. Use of the field is restricted and coordinated through Town Recreation.