Marshfield: Maintenance concerns raised over million dollar fields project

Sixteen acres of land off Rockwood Road have been designated for five grass playing fields. But some Marshfield residents are skeptical about approving the $985,000 Community Preservation Act project at town meeting because they’re unsure if the fields will be taken care of.

However, Tuesday night DPW Superintendent Tom Reynolds hinted at his newly formed maintenance plan, “Prioritizing and scheduling, manpower and equipment.”

Reynolds has only been working for Marshfield for eight months but stated athletic fields are at the top of his list and with high school construction, fifteen will be unavailable starting August 1st.

“Right now, I’m going to get a little bit of a reprieve because some of these fields are coming offline so I can concentrate on some of the others,” said Reynolds

If approved, the field project is expected to begin this summer and the contractor will be responsible for the first two years of maintenance before being passed on to the DPW.

Fields Committee Chair John Vallier emphasized the importance of additional fields, explaining youth and high school teams will have an even harder time sharing practice and playing fields the next four to five years, “They’re playing all hours of the day. I know lacrosse is playing on Sunday afternoons, I know softball’s playing late Saturday afternoons. So we already have a shortage.”

Marshfield’s annual town meeting is April 23rd.

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