Let’s make turf fields a reality for all of our athletes!
What will we get for our investment?
Phase 1: $1.774 million will renovate the Stadium Field
During this phase we will also resurface the track area. The $285,00 for this work has already been approved and appropriated in the Town of Shrewsbury’s Municipal budget. The work will be completed once the artificial turf is in place to minimize any disruption to the new track surface.
Why can’t we just improve the grass?
It is not possible to adequately improve or maintain natural grass fields to meet the demand Shrewsbury has for field space. Natural grass needs continual repair and replacement to keep the surface playable as well as “down time” to allow repairs to take hold. Bad weather, be it rain, snow or excessive heat, damages the surface requiring extra maintenance. High impact play, particularly on a field that is subject to bad weather, causes even more damage.
Our high school sports teams have severely limited access to our existing natural grass fields and youth teams are denied any access at all in order to protect the fields.
Additionally, both during and after rain or snow, these fields are often closed. Many teams are bused to neighboring schools, at a significant cost to the Athletic Department, to hold games or practices on artificial turf. Improving the current natural grass field will not change this situation. Artificial turf is the only solution that provides adequate access for the number of teams and athletes we have both at the high school and in the community.
What is the Town of Shrewsbury contributing to this project?
The Town of Shrewsbury has approved and appropriated $285,000 to fund the resurfacing of the track.
Who will benefit from this project?
The entire community will benefit from having artificial turf fields. Shrewsbury High School athletic teams and student groups will have more practice time, more home games and be able to use the fields for physical education classes. Youth sports teams such as football, lacrosse and soccer, will have access for home games and be able to host jamborees and conferences, financially benefiting from gate fees and concession stand profits.
By adding lighting to the Lower Field in Phase 2, play can extend into the evening on both fields. Youth teams and community groups will have access after high school sports in the evening.
What impact do high school athletic fees have on this project?
None. Athletic fees help defray operating costs for the high school athletic program. The Municipal Town budget pays for maintenance of the athletic fields through the Parks and Recreation budget.
What type of work does it take to maintain an artificial turf field?
Turf field maintenance is estimated to be approximately $5,000 per year. This maintenance includes:
• Sweeping every 2 weeks *
• Raking every 4-6 weeks *
• Aerating 3 times per year *
• Infill top dressing as needed
• Painting of additional lines as needed
*These steps require an attachment to the current mower that will be provided as part of this project.
What does the term “infill” mean when we are talking about artificial turf?
The infill is the material that is set in between the green blades of plastic grass to help the blades stand up.
What infill will be used in the turf field?
Shrewsbury decided to take an environmentally friendly approach towards selecting the infill and chose an infill called Envirofill, (without microban, an antimicrobial protection used for indoor fields).