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Milford Field Project Nears Completion

The $3.3 million field project at Milford High School, which has taken five years of planning an construction, is expected to be completed this spring. Jane Bigda photo


After nearly five years of planning and construction, the field project at Milford High School is expected to be completed this spring, according to Milford selectman and field committee member Brian Murray. The restroom and concession facility and new dugouts for the softball field are among the final pieces of the more than $3 million project.
"The foundation and plumbing for the restrooms and concession stand and the three parts of the building are being brought in," he said. "The fencing is 100 percent complete. The outfield fence of the softball field is great and there's foul poles, a warning track, and a scoreboard in left-center field along with a new backstop and a renovated batting cage."
Murray said the committee is planning on getting help from volunteers when it comes to installing the new dugouts. They chose to do this part of the project separately due to cost concerns.
When completed, Milford High's outdoor athletic complex will gave undergone a complete renovation. The improvements include new field turf to replace the natural grass on the football field, which can accommodate four other sports due to the increased playability of the artificial surface. The work also includes a new track, handicap-accessible bleachers, a new press box, new fencing and tennis courts along with the renovated softball field and new restroom and concession building.
"I think it's great and I get many comments from people who agree," said MHS Athletic Director Rich Piergustavo. "The facility is definitely more than functional. Just having the turf helps us through weather issues. "
Piergustavo pointed out another benefit of the more functional facility is having to use Plains Park or the Town Park less often for sports like field hockey or lacrosse.
"It keeps us on campus more and the programs have been great in terms of sharing space," he said. "What it does for lacrosse is unbelievable. Sometimes we could not get on Plains until April vacation so this has been a godsend for lacrosse."
Workers broke ground on the project in the summer of 2011 and Milford High took occupancy in the spring of 2012. The Scarlet Hawks have used the field for football in each of the past two years and this will be the third season for spring sports on the new fields and track. Murray said the target date for completion of the project is April 14. He said the project was set back by an incident of vandalism in 2012 as well as the attention and resources allocated to the failed casino proposal through much of 2013.
"Budget-wise, it is what we anticipated," said Murray. "Back in 2009 and 2010, we were projecting everything to cost around $3.5 million and the whole project should come in at $3.3 million. From a budgetary point of view, we have done very well."
The field committee included Murray and Piergustavo along with Community Use Director Lenny Morcone, former MHS AD Nick Zacchilli, and Mike Bresciani from the parks department. Paul Braza, Mike Schiavi, Dave Dague, and Anthony Fallon were also members of the committee, representing various interests including lacrosse and youth football. The ad hoc committee was formed for this specific purpose, and the completion of the project closes the book on their work.
"This was a great committee," said Murray. "I have served on a lot of committees and this one was so much fun, a great group of people and it really is a tremendous multi-purpose complex."




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