Groundbreaking for Springfield Turf Field Tomorrow Morning

Officials mark start of construction of Athletic fields with 8 a.m. ceremony.

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 '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.”

Chrys February 21, 2013 at 09:42 PM
Mr. Fraenkel, I do hope someone, whether be the TC or the BOE do come forward with an honest and comprehensive, detailed explanation regarding the 'contaminated' land and when they became aware of it. Official papers should have been filed and those will be the ones that speak, as well as, those who had any dealings with the whole process. My fear is that transparency will not prevail. I do hope that we can come to understand the whole issue rather sooner than later. And, why go ahead with a Turf field, especially since they have not proved that it is the best for Springfield. I understand that other towns choose to have turf fields, but just because someone chooses to do something over not doing, it does not mean it is in the best interest of everyone. There IS STILL TIME for a grass field to be installed, probably with minor accommodations. Food for thought.
BART FRAENKEL February 21, 2013 at 11:11 PM
A grass field will not hold up to the same amount of use as a turf field, which is the primary reason for its construction. A turf field can provide many benefits for the town despite the fact that you are correct in saying it's something many people want, not need. The bond ordinance that was approved by the TC will provide the funding and all the TC members voted for it. However, since a super majority was needed for approval (4 of the 5 TC members), if any of the TC members were misled through the omission of important information, that is what concerns me the most.
Bob Groder March 04, 2013 at 04:47 PM
I want answers too! Im sick of being lied to in this town! I smell an alleged cover up here.
Bob Groder March 04, 2013 at 04:49 PM
Bart why is it they were able to play at Meisel field under a grass field for many years and now cant do the same thing at Dayton? If it worked back then why not scale back the project now?
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