Grown Ups 2 Financed Athletic Field Work Progressing

The practice football field, used as a temporary sound stage over the summer, has been dug up and fitted with drainage and new irrigation.


Contractors are restoring the practice football field and half the soccer field that Columbia Pictures rented from the town for Grown Ups 2 filming over the summer. 

Public Works Director Gino Cresta said crews have in recent weeks dug up the practice field with heavy equipment then mixed soil and sand for better drainage.

They also installed a new irrigation system. 

The field will have the same dimensions as the former practice field. But the holes and dips in the field will be filled and leveled and a crown will shed water.

Meanwhile, on the abutting soccer field, crews replaced the irrigation system, leveled the surface and reseeded it.

The Charlotte Road field has been overseeded, again, as it rests in preparation for use next year.

Work is being done by Timberline Buidling Specialists out of Hampton, Mass.

Town fields being played upon this fall including Blocksidge at Phillips Park and Upper Jackson at the high school are showing signs of excessive wear.

sillybird October 22, 2012 at 06:06 PM
Good to see the grass field are somewhat being reparied. Lets talk about a TURF FIELD. It is crazy that a town like Swampscott doesnt have a truf field. The academics, schools, people in this town more than deserve the best athletic facilities. Lets go...We are wya behind the times here. A lot of places have two or three turf fields!!!
cwin October 24, 2012 at 01:43 AM
I have to agree. Town fields are a joke and even dangerous. Yes it is true that recreation and sports expenditure should be carefully considered against other needs, but this is over-the-top bad.
David Arsenault October 24, 2012 at 01:56 AM
AGAINST OTHER NEEDS, You NUTS? http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/graphics_at3.shtml?5-daynl#contents http://swampscott.patch.com/articles/swampscott-looks-back-a-year-since-the-deluge http://swampscott.patch.com/articles/gallery-swampscott-under-water Talk about danger your past nuts!
David Arsenault October 24, 2012 at 02:30 AM
Behind The Times????? Picture says more than 1000 words: http://o4.aolcdn.com/dims-shared/dims3/PATCH/resize/600x450/http://hss-prod.hss.aol.com/hss/storage/patch/569309fb0d5b613bdd51765df4deba8a Alot of places have already brought there water infrastructure up to the new world's climate change!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
sportwatch October 24, 2012 at 02:01 PM
Look at the Beverly football field. It is grass, but it is maintained well, has nice bleachers on both sides, good grass, clear painting. Why can we make something like this in Swampscott? It is not going to be so expensive like a turf field, but still looks professional.
Josh Field October 24, 2012 at 04:28 PM
There is a reason why the Beverly football field is maintined so well: http://www.boston.com/yourtown/beverly/articles/2012/06/10/artificial_turf_fields_spreading_across_the_region/
Sillybird October 27, 2012 at 02:30 AM
That is correct Beverly football field is in great shape because they have a brand new turf.........YES Beverly.......again lets get with the times and provide our youth with what they need....great facilities.
David Arsenault October 27, 2012 at 10:02 AM
I work for the Beverly DPW. The Parks dept. has One man devoted solely to fertilizing and reseeding. He has three tractors and attachments such as aerators, slice seeders,spreaders. Holds a commercial spraying licenes & has a room full of pesticides, herbicides and variouse fertilizers. When the feild gets really bad a Sod Co. is called and a spider lays down half a new field, after we have used a sod cutter and removed the bad. The new artf. field was from a grant. That field is considerd a "headache" by management because the maintaince is actually more diff. than real grass. Weeds are controlled by a chemical call trimec eithier dry or wet based. Crab grass by a chemical called dimension. Round up is used all over the city, side walks, planting beds, edges of ball feilds and in the clay in baseball diamonds. It's ran extreamly professionally. The whole dept is ran by Mike Collins and he holds a engineering license and the first thing he did coming to Beverly was drainage work. Several multi million dollar projects have been completed in ten short yrs. How many have been completed in Swampscott in 100? http://swampscott.patch.com/blog_posts/water-or-social-infrastructure
grass October 27, 2012 at 06:06 PM
What about the Hurd Stadium in Beverly?
David Arsenault October 28, 2012 at 01:31 AM
Hurd gets little use in summer and has irrigation. After heavy use It gets slice seeded and is given a break to grow back in. fertilized quiet often. Most of the sports fields are treated the same. The same guy that seeds, ferts and applies the pesticides/herbicides also paints hurd. He has Stencils for the #, letters, a paint spray machine for the lines. Two guys cut it twice a week when the fert. kicks in, clippings are not always picked up and the patterns you see in the grass are from cutting in the same direction, grass is easy.


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