Norwell: Study recommends installing synthetic turf fields at high school

Consultants presented the results of a study of Norwell’s athletic fields before a joint meeting of the town’s Community Preservation Committee and Board of Selectmen Wednesday night.

Bill Seymour from Gale Associates said the study looked at all of Norwell’s athletic fields and determined the town could use about 7 more.

And since there isn’t much space for new fields in Norwell, the consultants are recommending that the town build two synthetic turf fields at the high school, that will take the pressure off those other fields.

 “There isn’t enough buildable space to meet the needs of the town were it to strictly rely on natural grass fields, in our opinion. We recommend, as part of the solution, the development of one or two synthetic turf fields at the high school”, Seymour said.

Those synthetic fields could come with a heavy price tag – about $3.5 million.

“The  full build out of the two fields, enhancements to the lighting, the redevelopment of the track and the related field events, fencing, an entrance statement- is on the order of $3.5 million”, Seymour explained.

Norwell’s athletic department is requesting $2.7 million in community preservation funds to be used towards the construction of synthetic turf fields.

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