Norwell: Artificial turf fields considered

Norwell selectmen met Wednesday night with the Athletic Fields Committee, proponents of new, artificial turf playing fields. The fields would augment the heavily used natural turf fields at the high school. Some residents have campaigned for the fields for more than a year, while Oothers have objections regarding the possibility of increased injury and bacterial infection.

But the main objection is cost.

The artificial turf fields would cost $3.5 million, including engineering, site preparation and the turf material. The field committee proposes using Community Preservation Act, or CPA, funds for the bulk of the engineering and site preparation. The state regulations controlling use of CPA does not allow their use  for purchase of artificial turf. Proponents of the new fields have begun fundraising for the $600,000 cost of the material.

The Norwell Athletic Fields Committee visits next with Norwell’s CPA Committee.

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About Charles Mathewson

Charles Mathewson worked in print journalism for more than two decades as a reporter and editor, and has won several regional and national awards. He resides in Plymouth where he writes fiction and paints, when not producing award-winning news as a reporter for WATD.