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Friday, June 6, 2008

New CCHS athletic field named, opening celebration on Sunday

Phil Gibson, of the Friends of Concord-Carlisle Playing Fields, gave an update on the field project at the May 27 meeting of the Concord-Carlisle Regional School Committee (RSC). He said the fields would be completed by June 6. On Sunday, June 8 there will be an opening day celebration at the fields from noon to 4 p.m. There will be music, food and activities as well as lacrosse and soccer games.

Gibson explained that Field 1 is lined for soccer, football and lacrosse. The stripes are part of the artificial turf and will not be washed out. Features include lights and scoreboards, netting to prevent ball migration, as well as “mist-ers” and water fountains to keep kids hydrated.

The cross-country trail that was partially eliminated due to the new fields has been rerouted and enhanced. The new trail has more elevation changes and a soft surface. Reforestation is funded. Some of the trees being planted will be of help to the students doing the “Leaf Project” in Earth Science classes.

The Junior Varsity field, which is nearby the two new fields, has been increased in size and now has an irrigation system and new sod. Gibson said that due to good management, there were a few extra dollars to put sod down instead of hydro-seeding the JV field. The field may be ready to be used in the fall, rather than next spring.

“The final piece is a bathroom and storage facility,” said Gibson. He expects to work on this endeavor in the fall and already has a donation for the effort.

RSC member Dale Ryder asked about the private donations for the fields. Gibson replied that $1.3 million had been donated for the project.

Summer camps will be using the fields. Gibson said, “The fields will be the home of Pop Warner Football.” The fields will be heavily used come September.

RSC member Peter Fischelis reminded everyone that dogs need to be on a leash and are not permitted on the field as their urine would damage the turf.

Gibson requested a formal vote for the naming of Field 1. He said the late Doug White was a Concord resident who tirelessly “gave his time to all the sports that will be played on this field.” White taught skills and values and was highly involved with youth sports. RSC member Jerry Wedge said, “We talked about this six months ago. It’s a wonderful idea. Doug died a year ago today.” Fischelis added, “The naming of this field was not taken lightly. I can’t think of anyone more deserving.”

The committee voted to make Field 1 the “Doug White Memorial Field.” Gibson hopes to add a sign to the scoreboard saying “Welcome to the Doug White Memorial Field.” He said another idea was to start two scholarships, one for a girl and one for a boy in Doug White’s name. A small memorial with a plaque with the scholarship recipients’ names on it could be placed near the fields.

“It’s the nicest field complex in the state. We couldn’t be happier,” Gibson told the committee with a smile. He invited everyone to the June 8 celebration opening the fields. Superintendent Brenda Finn said, “We are very grateful.” ∆

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