Ridgewood NJ, on Monday night Ridgewood Board of Education meeting , the Board admitted that the fields may be heading for additional flooding this week. The turf field is severely damaged. We are considering all options, working with the Village of Ridgewood, US Army Corps. of Engineers, the NJ DEP and Rep. Gottheimer’s office.
RHS Field 1903 photo, other photos courtesy of Boyd Loving
the staff of the Ridgewood blog
Ridgewood NJ,the Village is abuzz with lots of talk about flooding , so how did it get so bad? Lets leave the Village Hall “wreck-ovation” for another day. Here is the short version, in 2009 residents voted for a $48 million dollar Referendum to Turf Ridgewood High School Stadium Field .
Ridgewood NJ, according to the Ridgewood Village Manager Keith Kazmark the cleanup and restoration of Maple Field are now underway, although there was a slight delay due to weather conditions. Nevertheless, there is optimism that the field will be ready for our children to play on by the week’s end. Gratitude is extended to the dedicated efforts of our Parks & Recreation staff, who have been diligently working in the aftermath of the recent flooding to ensure the community’s enjoyment of the field once again.
Ridgewood NJ, the RHS Green Club is hosting a tree planting event at Stevens Field on Saturday, April 15 at 9am to plant seventeen new trees! Come for an hour, come for the day! There will be a demonstration at 9am of how to plant the trees!
Ridgewood NJ, according to Village Manager Heather Mailander, the Village will soon begin issuing summonses to unlawfully parked vehicles on Village of Ridgewood owned property adjacent to Stevens Field on North Irving.
Ridgewood NJ, according to sources storm damage during Hurricane Ida to the synthetic turf at the RHS Stadium and Stevens Field will cost taxpayers $150,250.00 to repair. The damage at Brookside Field (natural turf) will be repaired for a mere $3,489.86.
Ridgewood NJ, as previously reported by the Ridgewood blog, the Ridgewood School district has undertaken 3 major Summer Facilities Projects ; Orchard School Soil Remediation, RHS Gym 3 Floor Remediation and Replacement and Stevens Field Turf Replacement . All three appear to be making good progress .
Ridgewood NJ, a reader commented ,”They are in the process of ripping out the old turf at Stevens after a questionable process that Dr. Fishbein orchestrated. As a result of his misinformation to Board members, they went with a product that is inferior to other products offered at a competitive price with a firm with multiple law suits filed against them in New Jersey alone. I would have settled for the recent turf replacement which was installed at Maple Field as it was an improvement over RHS Stadium and now Stevens. I am not disappointed in Dr. Fishbein because I expected his poor behavior. I just don’t know why except it is a bad case of administrative obstinance: my way or the High way.”
To the members of the Ridgewood Board of Education,
I am writing to implore you to change the decision you made last night, authorizing the installation of crumb rubber on Stevens Field.
I am completely supportive of the remediation of this heavily used field. I do not object to using artificial materials for this field (although in a perfect world I would prefer grass). But I am asking you to please use a product that is safer for the health of the children and the environment.
The Ridgewood Board of Education is proposing more artificial turf for Stevens Field,a district owned field, despite mounting evidence that it presents significant health and safety concerns for those using the fields and to the environment. A recent article in the NJEA Review Magazine ,” Use it? Ban it? quotes the following statements from Dr. Philip Landrigan, a Public Health and Pediatrics Professor at Mount Sinai :“ The companies that are marketing the fields don’t talk about the heat hazards, they don’t talk about the chemical hazards, they don’t talk about the costs that are going to be associated with dismantling the fields when they reach the end of their natural life span, when they must be treated as hazardous waste ….. a better solution is to build fields that are properly drained and are planted with tough species of grass that do not require pesticides.”
Ridgewood NJ, Dr. Fishbein presented the Ridgewood High School Stevens Field Synthetic Turf Replacement Proposal. The field is used seven days a week, during the school day for physical education, as well as by RHS athletics, youth sports, and adult community programs. Dr. Fishbein provided background on the field, explaining that Stevens Field was first completed during the 2009 referendum.
Ridgewood NJ, according to Professional Sports Field Services, “Flood water can destroy the performance of a turf athletic field in a single event. Not that will occur everytime, but the potential is always there.
Thorough and proper planning for the site would have prevented a flood event in the first place. If a flood plane is the chosen site to install a turf field, then some form of mitigation or divergence would be appropriate if allowed by regulating agencies. If not, relocating the field, using natural grass, or some other alternative would be wise. Of course if you are reading this article, then it’s too late for the planning part isn’t it?”
Ridgewood NJ, here we go again ,the Ridgewood Board of Education is planning to install another artificial turf field on Stevens Field which exists in an active flood plain. It is bad for the environment, our players, community and our pocket books. It defies reason. Looks like we are going too keep doing it till we get it right?