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Time for Turf at Joel Barlow

I'm not one for follow the leader, but the lack of turf fields in our country environment is putting our student athletes at a growing disadvantage every year that we waste.

 

My family and I have lived in Redding for 13 years. We love it.

However, we have seen debate after debate over the need for turf fields.
Meanwhile, almost every town in the surrounding area has made the leap
into turf fields.

I'm not one for follow the leader, but the lack of turf fields in our country environment is putting our student athletes at a growing disadvantage every year that we waste.

Cancellations due to weather mean less practice time, re-arrangement of schedules and in some cases, finding time in neighboring towns to "rent" their turf fields.

Playing on turf is now the standard and for outdoor teams, and lack
of practice and playing time on turf can be a considerable disadvantage
during conference and state tournaments.

Additionally, we have many fields in Redding and Easton, but it seems logical to focus on the high school level as a starting point when you consider the possible locations.

Seeing as Joel Barlow is roughly in the middle of the two supporting towns, that location makes even more sense.

As a teacher, I recognize that academics come first, but I also know that my
children, and many other children, learn so many important life skills while playing sports.  For sure, we are in challenging economic times, but we need to invest in our athletic programs and facilities to be on a par with our excellent
academic settings.

Steve Coppock, Redding

Redding Homeowner December 04, 2012 at 04:17 PM
Seems like we already addressed this and the voters in the town said No. In a growing economic slump, it would be ridiculous to ask tax payers in Redding to pay even more in taxes for a turf field.
Joe M. December 04, 2012 at 11:16 PM
The field that was voted down was at the community center not at Barlow. Having the field built through Region 9 will be far more palatable to the tax payer. It is my understanding that over 70% of Barlow students participate in athletics. If this is true the time is now to install a turf field. 70 % is an astounding number, that's 670 out of 958 students! These figures do not even account for the thousands of young children playing soccer,cheerleading, football, lacrosse, field hockey and rugby at the youth levels. We'd be hard pressed to find another demographic in town that participates at the same level. If we do not do this now because of a "growing economic slump", we should freeze all capital expenditures in town. Let's not discriminate against our young athletes for the sake of politics!
Nighthawk December 05, 2012 at 02:38 PM
Before getting all worked up about the "670 out of 958 students" statistic, bear in mind that a good number of the "670" do not participate in sports that are played on a large, rectangular field. A better metric would use only the number of student athletes who require such a playing surface.

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