Today, Tuesday, Sept. 24, tri-town Amity residents are being asked to vote on a propose $945,000 turf field to replace the natural grass field at the Sim Athletic Complex at Amity High School (aka, the Amity Football Field).
Even though it sounds like an exorbitant amount of money, if the referendum passes, it would cost each household less than $4 per year for the state-of-the-art field which would not only accommodate the Spartans Football Team but also, soccer, lacrosse, field hockey, physical education and the Amity Dance Team.
During a May 21 public hearing regarding the turf field, Athletic Director Paul Mengold explained that heavy use by both Amity and community youth football games damaged the field and led to more athletic injuries.
He also stated that in Amity’s DRG, only Amity and one other school do not have turf fields.
Woodbridge Selectman Tom Kenefick, whose son, Patrick, played soccer at Amity and now in college, said he favors the project because the fields are more level and faster than grass fields. Turf fields encourage kids to play sports and continue on into their college years.
He added that the current field is unsafe at the end of the football season.
Kenefick said, “A multi-use field in the stadium also benefits other sports teams because they can sue the cooking facilities for special events to raise funds.”
Amity Football Captain Joe Choiniere said, “It will help as far as practice goes. We won’t have to cancel practice because the field is muddy, and we won’t have to worry about the field being torn up.”