METRO WEST DAILY NEWS – The high school’s baseball, softball, lacrosse and soccer teams will soon be practicing and playing on a modern synthetic turf surface.
The city’s second synthetic turf field is slated to be ready when the squads begin practicing next month.
“Typically for us we’re never outside that first week unless we’re in the parking lot,” said Jeff Rudzinsky, athletic director. “Barring any large snowstorm we’ll be able to get on the field.”
Crews began work to transform the former natural grass multipurpose field at the high school last summer and finished laying down the new turf in the fall, said Tom DiPersio, city engineer. Once the synthetic turf is installed it is ready to be used unlike a natural grass field.
Synthetic turf will be able to sustain heavier use, allowing for more use of the field. The field will also require less maintenance.
“It’s huge,” said DiPersio. “It really gives the high school team the advantage of using the field for practice earlier in the season when regular grass fields would still be wet.”
Work to install new lighting, bleachers, dugouts, fences, walkways, an accessible parking area, drainage and grading is slated to be finished by the end of spring.
The new facility has brought a new buzz to the four programs, specifically the baseball team, said Rudzinsky.
“It’s going to add excitement and help us grow the program,” he said.
The field improvements are part of an $18.3 million capital bond package city councilors approved last spring. Money from the city meals tax account will pay the bonds for the $2.2 million field upgrades.
Marlborough officials have prioritized improving city parks and recreational facilities the past few years. A new $3.8 million middle school athletic complex featuring Marlborough’s first synthetic turf field, a new four-lane track and bleachers was recently completed and is in use.
A $3 million renovation of Ward Park and upgrades at Stevens Park, Memorial Beach and Christos Pappas Playground have also been completed.
Upgrades to Ghiloni Park and Centennial Park are part of Mayor Arthur Vigeant’s long-term capital plan.
This article by Jeff Malachoswki originally appeared here.