Proctor Track & Field Renovation

The Weston School Committee will be requesting construction funds for a major renovation of the track and Proctor field complex at Town Meeting in May 2017.

The Committee will also be requesting funds to replace the carpet on the existing artificial turf field, which has reached the end of its expected life and needs to be replaced.

The Town has already appropriated funds for the construction of a sports wall, which will be done at the same time as the Proctor project. 
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Reasons for the Renovation


Proctor Field is in the middle of the track at the High School. The facility includes lighting, large bleachers and a concrete block concession stand. The catalyst for the renovation is the condition of the track. 

The all-weather track was originally installed in 1988, and it has been 15 years since it was last resurfaced. Proctor Field was last renovated at the same time. The track is unsafe for sporting events, and Weston is unable to host events. Proctor Field’s utilization has been limited, as the field has been generally reserved for varsity football and soccer events. 

The lights on the field were installed in 1994 and are inadequate. They do not sufficiently light the field, which is unsafe for athletes, and they cast unnecessary light and glare well beyond the field proving unfriendly to neighbors and the environment. 

The nearest bathrooms are in the High School. The paths to the field and bleachers are not sufficiently accessible for students and community members. The main bleachers are in good shape and do not need renovation.

The School Committee determined that it makes financial sense to renovate Proctor Field at the same time as the track repair. Based on the popularity of the current artificial turf field, the Committee decided that it makes sense to evaluate the installation of an artificial surface on Proctor Field. This change would simultaneously boost utilization of the field by school, youth and other community groups, while also allowing the town to rest and repair the natural grass fields, which are an important resource and area of investment for the town.

Additional Project Details

  1. Design Process & Scope

    Details on the design phase, including the key reasons to renovate, existing conditions and proposed work

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  2. Sports Wall

    Funding was approved by 2015 Annual Town Meeting and is planned to be included in the rest of the project

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  3. Field 1 Work

    The carpet of the artificial turf of Field 1 has reached its life span and needs to be replaced, details of which are outlined here

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  4. Additional Information

    Learn more about the committee members and the WHS fields

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Public Meetings and Next Steps 


A public presentation was held on January 19th to present and review the design, and to solicit feedback from the community.  A recording of the presentation by Weston Media Center is available online. A copy of the presentation is available online: Jan. 19, 2017 Public Presentation (PDF)

A second public presentation will be scheduled for March.  A key part of the discussion will be the type of infill materials available for use in the new field, and whether to replace the existing infill materials on Field 1. 

The working group will continue meeting every few weeks.  In addition, we will be attending meetings with the Planning Board (January 18th), the Zoning Board of Appeals (TBD), the Conservation Commission (February 7th), the Finance Committee (February 16th) and the Recreation Commission (March 2nd.)  We have been working with representatives of the Permanent Building Committee, and we will be reaching out to the Board of Selectmen for their feedback as well. 

Stay Informed

 
If you would like to be informed of these future public meetings regarding the Proctor Field Renovation, please sign up to receive email or text notifications for meeting agendas for the School Committee or the Meeting Calendar - both under the Stay Informed section of the website. If you have specific comments or questions, please feel free to email Alex Cobb at CobbA [at] weston.org 

All of these meetings are open to the public and are posted to the online Meeting Calendar. In addition, we will be reviewing the project budget at the Budget Hearing on Monday, May 1st. After that, Weston voters will need to vote to approve a debt exclusion for the project at the Town Election on Saturday, May 6th. If that is successful, then voters at Annual Town Meeting on the evening of Monday, May 8th (or Wednesday, May 10th) will need to approve construction funds by a two-thirds majority. If you are new to Town Meeting, more information about the procedures can be found under the Your Government section of the website. All registered voters may participate (which includes many High School Seniors and some juniors!)