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Penders Expected to Unveil Turf Field Mid-October

The $1.2 million project at the home of Stratford High School football will add a small soccer field.

In about 10 weeks, the current expanse of dirt, backhoes and bulldozers at Penders Field will yield a new artificial turf field much like the one at , according to a town official.

Councilman Paul Hoydick (R-10) said the $1.2 million project -- paid for with about $400,000 in grant money and $800,000 in capital improvement funds -- has an estimated completion date of mid-October.

Hoydick said the town hired the same contractor that did the resurfacing at Bunnell about eight years ago, a Stratford-based company called Dalling Construction. The turf at Penders, where plays its football games, will be an updated version of the turf at Bunnell, he said.

"The new turf fields are unbelievable -- it's like playing on natural grass," said the councilman.

The renovated Penders Field, in addition to space for football and baseball, will house a small soccer field as part of the upgrade. Several different sports teams will be able to use the area for practice and games.

"The field takes such a beating," Hoydick said. "Years ago it was just a football field; now it's used for everything."

Last September, some town officials complained that the surface at Penders Field was , and one end zone higher than the other. Hoydick said artificial turf can handle a larger workload and erase these potential problems.

At a Town Council meeting last month, Matt Catalano (R-3) asked about sunken dugouts at the baseball field. "I'd like to see [sunken] dugouts return to that field, I don't know if that's something we can include," he said.

Hoydick said a switch from above-ground dugouts to sunken dugouts is a possibility "if we can save some money in certain spots."

David Durgy August 13, 2012 at 12:29 AM
k-9 lover 10:02 am on Sunday, August 12, 2012 Stfd is becoming an extension? Where have you been? I grew up in the north end, and has gotten pretty dark up there in the last twenty years. Seriously dude?
Resident August 13, 2012 at 06:38 PM
CB Get a grip. You have not idea what it's like here. I was here before! This is a residential neighborhood with almost no parking available. This is another example of Stratford spending money on a few! Why are we spending millions on 5 nights a year for a few people when the entire Stratford school system if failing. I also loved the flooded field when it rained the other day. Also, does anyone know what the cost of upkeep on this will be?
Tom August 13, 2012 at 09:05 PM
Now all Stratford has to do is UNVEIL the "ultimate male coach" that will go along with the field. You always know your about to take it in the shooter when politicians and the print media the word "unveil" when speaking about a public works project.
k-9 lover August 17, 2012 at 02:25 AM
Oh im serious.
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