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Work on Turf Field Project Expected to Begin by End of January

Turf’s Up chair James DeVellis met with Foxborough’s Conservation Commission Monday and hopes to begin clearing trees behind Foxborough High School by the end of January for the new baseball and softball fields.

Work on Turf Field Project Expected to Begin by End of January

So far, so good.

That’s how Foxborough resident James DeVellis described the status of the recently approved community turf field project set to be constructed at the high school.

That work will begin in the next couple of weeks, according to DeVellis, who called the construction schedule “aggressive.”

On Monday, DeVellis met with the town’s Conservation Commission as the chair of the Turf’s Up committee to share information about the turf field project and inform them of the scheduled work to be done behind the high school near Hersey Field.

“The meeting went well,” DeVellis said. “This was an informational meeting I asked for as a courtesy to let the Conservation Commission know that we will be clearing trees in the next few weeks in the area of the new baseball and softball fields behind the school aside the Hersey field.”

DeVellis also informed the Conservation Commission that he will be presenting engineering plans to them in the coming months. In the meantime, Conservation Manager Jane Sears Pierce will walk the site of the proposed baseball and softball fields aside from Hersey Field to “verify the wetland delineation and that the survey plan donated by Bay Colony is acceptable,” DeVellis said.

If all goes well with Pierce’s review then Tree Tech will begin clearing trees behind the high school.

“I want to take advantage of the winter months to remove the trees to expedite the schedule in the spring and this is what works well with the volunteer efforts offered by Tree Tech,” DeVellis said. “Andy Felix of Tree Tech, who is donating the tree removal services, can cut the trees during the last two weeks of January.”

Bill Buckley of Bay Colony donated services to survey the wetland limits for the baseball and softball field projects behind the high school.

“This is where the baseball and softball fields will go in the spring and will be ready next spring,” DeVellis said. “The baseball and softball folks will play on their regular fields for their 2013 seasons and next spring hopefully everything will be ready for them to use [the new fields].”

In addition to the labor comes scheduling of the community turf field.

Foxborough High School has already held several meetings with their coaches and Athletic Director, Caitlin Brown to “solidify an interim practice schedule in the fall when the turf field is being built,” according to DeVellis.

Once that schedule is complete, Foxborough’s Recreation Department and youth sports will add their scheduling.

“Deb Giardino and her field’s committee may most likely host that meeting and we are working on a date,” DeVellis said. “So far, everyone is playing nice.”

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