Marshfield: Officials receive update on athletic fields plan –approve feasibility studies

Marshfield Public Works Director Tom Reynolds presented selectmen with a conceptual plan of proposed athletic fields behind Roche Brothers on Rockwood Road.

“We’re going to build two full-size, multipurpose soccer/lacrosse fields, along with a regulation baseball and softball field and a smaller practice facility. This was brought to our attention with the plan for the construction of the new high school  and the possibility of losing the majority of the fields up there”, Reynolds explained.

However, before moving forward on the project, Reynolds says the town has to get clearance from the National Heritage Foundation regarding the mitigation of any endangered turtles in the area.

“Our biggest obstacle has been the National Heritage and the turtle mitigation. That’s what’s kind of prolonged the filings – the survey and identifying the parcels that we could use that would be acceptable and then now filing the application. There’s a 60 day wait for a final determination. So we’re at their mercy at this point, waiting for that determination”.

Selectmen also approved a request by Community Preservation Chairman Tom Whalen to move forward with a feasibility study for athletic fields behind the Eames Way School and on 3.5 acres of land at the old Coast Guard Base off Ferry Street.

About John Penny

John Penny is a town news reporter at WATD. He primarily covers stories in the towns of Marshfield, Cohasset, Scituate, Norwell, Hingham, Abington and Quincy.