While many are enjoying school vacation this week, Tree Tech and Turf’s Up volunteers are busy clearing five acres of land behind Foxborough High School in preparation for the construction of new baseball, softball and field hockey fields as part of the community turf field project.
“We took advantage [of the school vacation] to get some work done to minimize disruption for the kids,” said Turf’s Up president Jim DeVellis.
DeVellis said despite a “short disruption” from the Blizzard of 2013, volunteers from Tree Tech are about 75 percent complete with clearing the five acres behind the high school, an important step before construction on the actual turf field can begin.
“Once the back is done and after the spring sports are complete, Turf’s Up’s efforts move to the front of the school,” DeVellis said.
The town’s Playing Fields Committee will meet Thursday at 7 p.m. inside the Booth Recreation Building office with community sports leaders to review and discuss the plan for the turf field, which will be constructed at the site of the current baseball and softball fields at Foxborough High School.
DeVellis said Turf’s Up would like to pay homage the Foxborough baseball program with a flagpole, benches and a “perhaps a modest monument” at the new field.
“We want to pay tribute to Foxborough baseball as our sport with great history with great leaders and stories to tell,” DeVellis said. Perhaps a flagpole at the entrance, benches, a modest monument and even a time capsule project for the baseball folks old and young to tell their story.”
DeVellis asks that anyone interested in “being creative” or willing to help, contact him via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.