Find Out Why the Victory Field Committee was Put on Hold

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The committee that will oversee the renovation of the track area of Victory Field will not start as soon as planned after one spot on the board still must be filled.

Town Council President Mark Sideris said he planned to reveal names of the members of the Ad Hoc Victory Field Committee, but the list is not complete.

The committee was formed after the first proposal to renovate the track area drew much criticism from neighbors of Victory Field and other residents (read more here). The most controversial part of the plan – adding artificial turf inside the track – was removed but other contentious areas, such as flood lights, could be included in the plan.

The person he hoped to select as a representative from a Watertown youth sports group withdrew his or her name, Sideris said.

After the meeting, Sideris said that he hopes to find someone for the spot soon.

“I will ask the Recreation Director (Peter Centola) to reach out and try to find someone who wants to serve,” Sideris said.

The group will also include District C Councilor Vincent Piccirilli (who will serve as chairman), CouncilorTony Palomba, Centola, Director of Community Development and Planning Steve Magoon (or his desginees), and five members of the public:

  • Three members of the general public selected by Sideris, including one direct abutter to represent the concerns of the neighborhood, and two other members to represent users of the track and field that are not related to school athletics or youth sports
  • One member will be a member of Watertown youth sports groups and will be selected by Sideris
  • One member who represents the Watertown Public Schools athletics program selected by School Committee Chairwoman Eileen Hsu-Balzer, who could be an athlete, a member of the school administration or a member of the School Committee

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