The City Council will consider funding the replacement of the turf at Victory Field at its meeting on Tuesday.
The field currently has an artificial turf surface with plastic grass and black rubber fill in between. The proposed new field would have plastic grass, but the fill would be an organic material made from pine trees.
The artificial turf was installed in 2011, replacing a natural grass field. The artificial turf field is nearing the end of is recommended life, according to Watertown High School Athletic Director Ryan Murphy. The material is getting packed down and could lead to more injuries, he told the School Committee on Feb. 6.
The School Committee voted 6-0 (with one “present” vote) to support installing a new artificial turf field at Victory Field. The School Committee does not have a say in the final decision, but the schools are the biggest users of the field, which is used for football, field hockey, soccer, baseball, and lacrosse. It is also frequently used by the Recreation Department and Watertown youth sports teams.
Watertown officials chose the artificial surface in 2011 because it would allow for longer playing time, and less delay during bad weather. In recent years, some residents opposed a new artificial turf field owned by Buckingham Browne & Nichols School in East Watertown, saying the fields are made with toxic materials, and that they are significantly hotter than natural grass.
The City Council meeting will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 28, at 7 p.m. in City Hall, 149 Main St., and people can also participate remotely. See the agenda and info for tuning in remotely by clicking here.