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Norwalk photos: West Rocks soccer field construction

The West Rocks soccer field construction project, Wednesday.

NORWALK, Conn. — Construction on the West Rocks Middle School soccer field began in November. NancyOnNorwalk snapped these photos Wednesday.

The school’s upper terraced lot is being replaced by an artificial turf field with LED lighting and a concession stand, while the lower field will remain as is, Andy Soumelidis of Landtech told Zoners a year ago. A new parking lot off Aiken will provide 57 spaces in addition to the 150 spaces already onsite, and will include handicapped parking; a staircase will connect the upper and lower fields.

The project was authorized for a total $2.4 million in capital budget funding.

The West Rocks soccer field construction project, Wednesday.

The West Rocks soccer field construction project, Wednesday.

The West Rocks soccer field construction project, Wednesday.

The West Rocks soccer field construction project, Wednesday.

5 comments

Betsy Wrenn April 1, 2021 at 10:11 am

Clearing acres and acres of quiet, air cleansing, life-supporting woods and rolling out ASTRO TURF?

Anyone who has ever stood for any length of time inside TownFair Tire knows the hideous chemical stench tires emit. It will even make you dizzy.

I learned after buying a bird house made of recycled tires. Even before it was out of the box, the whole kitchen filled with a bad chemical stench. When I returned it, the maker’s reply was, “Birds can’t smell.” I wouldn’t expose a house plant to that odor, let alone my child.

Here, I quote from one of many, many articles about how gross astro turf is. It’s been banned by many major athletic associations:

“The toxins in artificial turf threaten our health via contact, consumption (via water), and inhalation. … As the turf degrades over time, larger quantities of chemicals are released. When worn-out synthetic turf is replaced, the old pieces will likely end up in landfills, and that can lead to toxic water runoff.”

When competitive sports become exaggerated in importance, judgment is distorted and terrible decisions are the result. As summers get longer and hotter we need the courage to make preserving life-serving nature our top priority.

Let’s stop cutting down trees!

Laura April 1, 2021 at 12:33 pm

Hello massive traffic jams on West Rocks Road and Aiken Street on game days. How well does artificial turf deal with storm runoff?

Audrey Cozzarin April 1, 2021 at 4:57 pm

They paved paradise and put up a parking lot, as Joni Mitchell sang.

I agree with you, Betsy. Artificial turf is not recommended even by the sports world. Look at the data (scroll down the page) on the Sports Turf website: https://www.stma.org/natural-grass-athletic-fields/

The industry itself recommends using “natural grass athletic fields”–better for the environment, water run-off, and health of athletes. Cost is no higher and maintenance easier or similar.

Also look at countries such as the Netherlands which now has “artificial turf mountains” from discarded rolls of artificial turf. This toxic stuff can’t be recycled nor gotten rid of.

City leaders as well as parents of kids in school sports programs who may not understand the great difference between artificial turf and natural grass fields can be encouraged to do their homework, to look at the data, before subjecting children, and Mother Earth, to this harmful material.

It’s never too late to reverse course and do the right thing.

Tysen Canevari April 1, 2021 at 8:41 pm

People people They cut down a few trees. The children will benefit by playing on a beautiful field. I am sure you can find an article that says water is bad for you if you look hard enough. The field does not smell like town fair tire!! is it better they play on a field made of rocks. Sports is over rated? It parallels life’s challenges tremendously. I drove to Michigan over the weekend and trust me there is no shortage of woods.

donna king April 3, 2021 at 3:52 pm

I live on Aiken Street. This project should get illegal parking along both sides of of Aiken Street off the road and onto the generous parking lots available. Parents will have additional parking and no longer be endangering the safety of those of us who walk on Aiken during the weekend. This long-term problem forced pedestrians into the street and should now be resolved. One can only hope…

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