Click to Learn More
Milford Town Crier


Town Crier Publication Dates
Town Crier Newspaper Advertising Rates

Town Crier Publications

Promote Your Page Too

Sports Page


New Committee Explores Potential for Turf Field in Mendon/Upton

The existing Nipmuc Regional High School soccer fields, shown in this photo, along with the school's baseball field and the current Miscoe Hill School track and football field are being considered as sites for a new turf field for the Mendon Upton Regional School District. The new field would be the site of a turf football field and track. Jane Bigda photo


The Superintendent of the Mendon Upton Regional School District (MURSD) has formed a Committee to explore the feasibility of building a turf football field and a track in one of the two communities.
During an August 11 School Committee Meeting, Dr. Joseph Maruszczak reported on the "grass roots effort" of a group that was formed this past Spring after parents brought up concerns about not having adequate sports fields for the schools.
"I have had a lot of communications with parents, especially at the high school level, where they ask what we can do to improve the quality of our fields and the athletic program," said Maruszczak.
The committee of 12-15 parents, coaches, the Athletic Director, William Leaver, and Maruszczak met formally for the first time on July 23 and discussed current use of the school fields at both Nipmuc Regional High School and Miscoe Hill School for both school and town athletic programs. According to Maruszcazk, the MURSD athletic fields were used a total of 2,890 hours in one calendar year from July 2013 until June 2014 for town programs such as Nipmuc Youth Football, Nipmuc Youth Lacrosse, and Mendon Upton Soccer. "This number was a huge surprise to me. Obviously there are implications for upkeep as far as wear and tear on our fields," he said.
Maruszczak also said the Committee discussed what other communities are doing for athletic fields, stating that the state and national trends have been going towards installing turf fields because of low maintenance costs and field longevity. "In a relatively short amount of time the turf field can pay for itself," said Maruszczak.
Maruszczak told the School Committee that in Medway, the town approved a $4.2M project of resurfacing the existing stadium and installing two new turf fields. The town was able to fund the project through CPC funds and out of Town Reserves with no debt exclusion. In the Dudley-Charlton Regional School District, a $2.2M renovation project for a conversion to a turf field was approved, with $1.2M of the money coming from donations and pledges. "I see these as interesting case studies," he said.
Although a location has yet to be determined, Maruszczak said that they are looking at a potential sites to include the existing soccer fields at Nipmuc Regional High School, the existing baseball field at Nipmuc, or the existing track at Miscoe, a less likely scenario per Maruszczak due to field size and the fact that the leaching field for the school is located under the field.
For next steps, Maruszczak said they have contacted the engineering company Gale Associates, to do a survey and will be exploring the process of a potential feasibility study. "The mindset of this [Turf Field] Committee is to bring this to the community and gauge how much interest there is out there on this and if there is a potential for any private or public partnerships for this project," he said. Maruszczak said that he would report back to the Committee at a future meeting.
"I have seen the effects of having Friday night football, or Wednesday night soccer; how it brings together the community," he said. "I would like to see this become a reality for our students and our towns," said Maruszczak.




[back]




Click to Learn More

Click to Learn More

Click to Learn More

Click to Learn More

Click to Learn More

Click to Learn More

Click to Learn More

HOME | CALENDAR | NEWS ARCHIVE | EDITORIAL | PHOTO GALLERY | SPORTS | ADVERTISING | ABOUT US

Town Crier Publications, Inc. · 48 Mechanic Street, Upton, MA 01568
Phone: 508-529-7791 · E-mail: sales@towncrierpubs.com

  Copyright © 2019  Town Crier Publications, Inc.
 All rights reserved.  ·  Login

Website designed and hosted by Standing Stone Designs.