The 2017 Annual Town Meeting approved construction funds for a major renovation of the High School track and Proctor Field complex. The project includes:
a new all-weather track
a new multipurpose synthetic turf field on Proctor
a new sports lighting system
a sports wall
a new concessions building with bathrooms and storage
the replacement of the carpet on the existing artificial turf field (Field #1)
The installation of a multipurpose synthetic turf surface for Proctor Field will substantially increase the availability of the field for games, practice sessions, and community use.
Artificial turf fields do not require watering, fertilizing or mowing, and they do not attract geese. These fields are available for play during and after rain and result in fewer weather cancellations.
The installation of impact pads under both artificial surfaces will help reduce the risk of concussions.
Walkway and Lighting
Walkway and lighting improvements on the approach to Proctor Field have made the facility handicap accessible. Andrew Pastor Park was also renovated to include new walkways, lighting, benches, and plantings.
The old lights on the field did not sufficiently light the field and cast unnecessary light and glare well beyond the field. The new LED lights are more energy efficient and will allow more play hours on the field, especially during the late afternoon and early evening.
Concession and Facilities
The old concessions building was donated in 1989. The Town received a very generous offer by a Weston family to donate a substantial portion of the materials and labor costs for the new concessions, bathroom, and storage building.
The artificial turf surface on Field #1 has proven very successful and supports High School and Middle School boys and girls soccer and lacrosse, girls field hockey, and many local youth and adult sports teams.
Field #1 was constructed in 2008 with funds privately raised by a generous Weston community. The expectation was that future maintenance would be the responsibility of the Town. The “carpet” on synthetic turf fields has a lifespan from 8-10 years based on usage, maintenance, and the environment. The “infill” material underneath is expected to last twice as long.