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Boston English field unplayable for games

Posted by Justin Rice  September 19, 2012 01:00 PM

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Pavel Dzemianok / For the Boston Globe

The turf at Boston English was deemed unplayable for high school games earlier this week and will not be used for the remainder of the season. After years of overuse, the torn up turf is not safe for games but may still be used for practice.

The state of Boston English’s football/soccer field has been grim for some time, but the school hoped to get at least one more year of use. The Boston public school athletic department, however, announced Monday that the torn up field has been deemed unplayable for high school games for the rest of the season but can still be used for practices.

The field is a public park that is also used heavily for youth and adult soccer leagues, ultimate Frisbee, flag football and semipro football.

“The field can be used for practices but not games,” said Jacquelyn Goddard of Boston Parks and Recreation Department. “We have begun the design process for replacement and are talking to the City of Boston Budget Office about the need to advance the construction schedule.”

The current turf will be replaced by new turf, costing approximately $1.5 million dollars for its construction and design. Fencing, bleachers and additional features will not be replaced.

“We hope that construction can begin in spring 2013,” said Goddard.

Moakley Field in South Boston was recently replaced for free because it was still under warranty. The warranty for the field at English, however, can't be honored because the original construction company that built the field went bankrupt, according to Goddard.

Goddard said a new contractor said that the field is past the point of repair.

For the remainder of the fall, English will use other fields, such as Ceylon Field, Franklin Field and Moakley Field.

English's Oct. 5 home game against O'Bryant will be played at 7 p.m. at Madison Park while its Oct. 12 game against Charlestown has been moved to 3:30 p.m. at South Boston. Their Oct. 26 game against Burke will also be played at South Boston at 3:30 p.m. and their Nov. 2 game against Latin Academy will be played at 5 p.m. at East Boston Stadium.

Finally, Burke and New Mission's Thanksgiving game slated for English High will now be played at Reservation field in Hyde Park.

Globe correspondent Justin A. Rice contributed to this report.

Mary Pavlu can be reached at mary.pavlu@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @MaryPavlu.

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