Work on new field in borough moving forward

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By Andreas Yilma, Staff Writer

Construction of a new multipurpose field at the end of Osborn Road in Naugatuck is moving ahead and expected to be completed by the fall. The field won’t be available to use until next spring. –ANDREAS YILMA

NAUGATUCK — Construction of the new Kevin M. DelGobbo Memorial Field at the end of Osborn Road is nearing completion.

The field is being built on a portion of open space the borough accepted in January 2016 as part of the Apple Hill Estates subdivision.

The Board of Mayor and Burgesses last week awarded a bid to National Lawn Sprinklers of White Plains, N.Y., for $124,500 to install an irrigation system for the field.

This is the last phase of construction for the multipurpose field, Public Works Director Jim Stewart said. Work on the irrigation system is expected to start in July, he said.

In May, the board awarded a contract for $90,000 to Shock Electrical Contractors, Inc. to install lights on the field. The bid included additional charges if the company hits rocks and has to bring in special machinery to remove them.

Workers are in the process of installing six light poles for the field, Stewart said.

The multi-purpose field will be for baseball and probably soccer, and be interchangeable for different ages, Steward said. The field will be available for open play when organized sports aren’t scheduled to use it, he said.

“We always have a need for additional play space,” Stewart said.

After the sprinkler system is installed, workers will plant grass. Stewart said the field will be built by the fall, but people won’t be able to play on it until next spring to let the grass grow.

A parking lot will be built on the north side of the field off Osborne Road, Stewart said. The field will have a fence around it, he said.