After years of debate, construction on the turf field symbolically begins this week when officials from the township's government and school system break ground on the project.
On Friday, September 7, at 8:00 a.m., officials will gather at Jonathan Dayton High School's front field near the tennis courts to break ground on the project.
Dayton students, past and present, are invited along with the general public. Officials will give brief remarks before shovels hit the ground to mark the start of the project. that is expected to be completed by the fall of 2013.
"For many, this has been a dream that is long overdue," Springfield Mayor Ziad Shehady said in a press statement. "This year, the Springfield Board of Education and the Township Committee took real, tangible steps to making that dream a reality. Achieving this goal would not have been possible without the determination and relentless willpower of dedicated community members and the groundbreaking is a textbook example of shared services and partnership between two government entities, Springfield Public Schools and the Township of Springfield. I am thrilled to be a part of this.”