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Turf Field Supporter We now have 3 turf fields that get used almost non-stop. That means more kids participating in more activities and being more active

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Turf Field Supporter We now have 3 turf fields that get used almost non-stop. That means more kids participating in more activities and being more active

Could we please stop with the turf field bashing, or at least get some facts straight? First of all, the turf at Maple is still there and still being used so I have no idea where “we only got 7 years out of Maple” comes from. Secondly, how could it be “way too much money” when the field at Maple was paid for with private money? And in regards to the loss of the 90 foot diamond after moving the track to BF that falls on the past Village Council. The Master Parks and Field plan called for all of the upgrades/changes that were made including moving the undersized/unusable track from RHS to BF. Almost all of the upgrades/changes were to BOE properties. The only component in that phase of the plan that fell to the the Village of Ridgewood was to renovate/expand Lower Hawes so to accomodate a 90 foot diamond to make up for the “lost” diamond at BF. They never did it. So now the focus is on Schedler.

We now have 3 turf fields that get used almost non-stop. That means more kids participating in more activities and being more active. That is a positive in my book. If we had not passed the bond and we still had the old facilities the RHS Stadium Field would be gettng used a maximum of 12 to 15 times a year instead of dozens of times a week. The same goes for Stevens. I actually disagree that the “turf looks nice.” I’d rather see real grass, I think it looks better but the reality of the situation is that with our limited number of fields and the sheer numbers of children we have involved in sports from the youth level thru the HS there is no alternative if we want safe, usable, fields. In fact I would bet we’ll be seeing a couple of more fields “turfed” in the next few years.

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7 thoughts on “Turf Field Supporter We now have 3 turf fields that get used almost non-stop. That means more kids participating in more activities and being more active

  1. This kind of makes me laugh. I get the feeling the anti-turf crowd are the same people that are anti-fracking and also only approve of solar and wind energy. I am not a “sports parent” but it does seem this post is correct, the turf fields have not cost that much especially considering the massive amount of increase usage they have been able to accommodate.

  2. “We now have 3 turf fields that get used almost non-stop”

    And if these fields were natural grass, they would NOT be used ?

    C’mon.

  3. Yes in fact that is correct, the high school field was limited use only because it could not handle the amount of wear and tear. It is now used all the time. It has been a big improvement in the amount of usage available on both the stadium field and Stevens. Previously Stevens was so torn up and hard packed that is was actually quite dangerous and painful to play on. I know it sounds crazy, I would have thought real turf would be softer too but it turns out the turf is better. Who knew?

  4. Vote for Albano. You will get all the turf fields that you want and more.

  5. You will get everything and LESS. Control that votin’ finger and pass line 1.

  6. #3 Bill is right. “Back in the day”, the only way that non-football players would be allowed on the field during the school year is for them to have a band instrument, a flag, or a baton in their hands. Different story now. The football field and Steven’s field regularly serve many times more and different students, and they do it all year long without fail (except during or immediately after ho-ho-kus brook flooding! What a crazy graduation day that was).

    For every thing there is a season, and due attention to reason requires that the lately turfed football field be recognized for the benefits it provides over the previous mudbowl-type natural field that faithfully sprouted lush grass in the quiet warmth of mid-June, heaven-sent to sooth the unshod tootsies of our fair female graduates, and entrance admiring lookers-on with a resplendent and intoxicating scene of taxpayer-funded verdant splendor, only to lay fallow and unoccupied by force of law ’til the morning chill of late August summoned it to serve the brute needs of yet another standing army of fall warriors.

  7. How come the soccer bunnies get field time in the spring….?

    Soccer is played in the fall.

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