New turf field proposed for town

A proposal to build a new synthetic turf field has received approval by the Parks and Recreation Commission.

North Field would be adjacent to the Kristine Lilly Field and would be developed by a private/public partnership, according to Steve Pierce, director of Parks and Recreation.

“There is a need for an additional field in Wilton,” Pierce said, because interest in sports programs is growing.

The new field would likely be created from organic fill, such as coconut husks, along with shock padding, like Lilly Field, but the exact components have not yet been decided, Pierce said.

One of the benefits of synthetic turf fields is they can be used in inclement weather when grass fields are closed.

The private/public partnership to develop the field is still being put together, and it has not yet determined what the costs are and who will pay for what, Pierce said.

In addition to Lilly Field, the town has one other synthetic turf field — Fujitani Field at Veterans Memorial Stadium at Wilton High School. The town also has 29 grass fields.

Pierce did not know what sports would be played on North Field. Football, field hockey and boys lacrosse are played on Fujitani Field. Soccer and girls lacrosse are played on Lilly Field.

Approval of the field is needed by the Board of Selectmen, Planning and Zoning Commission and Inland Wetlands Commission.

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