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Wellesley fields to get safety nets, signs

Posted by Caitlin Castello  February 9, 2010 11:50 PM

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New safety nets and warning signs for errant balls will be installed at the playing fields next to Sprague Elementary School, the Wellesley School Committee unanimously voted Tuesday night.


Sixty feet of 120-foot-high netting will be added to the already existing 8-foot high fencing at the eastern end of field 2. The fields behind the elementary school are used by town teams, and consist of soccer, lacrosse, and baseball fields.

Last year, neighbors had expressed reservations about higher fences. However, those residents have since changed their minds, said School Committee member Stevet Burtt. Burrt said he favored increasing the fence height because "it is a health issue and safety issue.”

"Those are the ones that ultimately trump everything else,” said Burtt.

At the suggestion of School Committee member Suzy Littlefield, a sign will be erected near the playing fields, warning parents of errant balls. The cost of the nets will be $6,000.

Last year, Town Meeting approved a proposal to spend almost $4 million to install two synthetic playing fields and to upgrade other aspects of the 25-acre sports complex.

Caitlin Castello can be reached at caitlincastello@gmail.com.

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