A busy track and field in Scarsdale will officially be closed beginning next week as the district gives it its first makeover in more than a decade.
Butler Field, which is 13 years old and has “reached the end of its usable life,” will be closed as of Monday, Oct. 8 as contracting crews begin the extensive project, Stuart Mattey, the Assistant Superintendent for Business and Facilities said.
According to Mattey and Ray Pappalardi, the Director of Physical Education, Health and Athletics, during the last spring season, “it was necessary to increase grooming and repairs to Butler Field in order to keep the field usable. This, coupled with its upcoming renovation, has resulted in more intense monitoring of the field conditions, which has led to our having strong concerns regarding the safety and playability of Butler Field.”
The district said that at every five-yard line, the field level changes, and there are several locations on the field where the level changes are more severe. They also said that “where the pre-construction borings were performed, the surface cannot be repaired completely; the turf is too old and worn.” They also noted that when it rains heavily, more low spots appear, infill aggregates, and playing conditions continue to degrade.
Mattey said that "as a result, on Monday, the construction fencing which had been located on the inside perimeter of the track will be removed and replaced with fencing which will be on the outside perimeter of the track. Therefore the track will no longer be accessible to either students or residents until work has been completed."
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