It was reported during the School Committee meeting of September 13th that the upgrades to Varsity Field at Burlington High School have been delayed. As reported by BNEWS, the resurfacing project was expected to be completed by September 10th.
During his report, Burlington Public Schools (BPS) Director of Operations Bob Cunha stated they now expect the turf to arrive on September 20th, with an estimate of October 5th for a completion of the installation. The track continues to remain closed until the field is completed.
“We’ve obviously had to tell certain community groups, our own school department groups…athletics, music, and so forth that they can’t use that particular field. That is a burden,” Cunha stated. “Any other extra fields that may have been available throughout town are now being scheduled more frequently, so it really is impacting us having the field down right now.”
According to the calendar on the BHS Athletic website, the first home game for the BHS Varsity Football Team against Woburn Memorial High on Friday September 16th, will now be played at Bedford High School, located at 9 Mudge Way in Bedford MA. The game is scheduled to start at 6:00 pm. The next home game is scheduled for September 30th against Watertown, but if the project sticks to the new deadline, that game may also be relocated. Continue to check the Athletic Calendar and stay tuned to BNEWS for further updates.
Additionally, Superintendent Dr. Eric Conti wanted to remind residents that while many are seeking the Brush Field at Marshall Simonds as an alternative for outdoor activities and walking around the track, the space is actively used as a classroom during the school day, and asks that residents limit their time on the field during school hours. “I know it’s an inconvenience.” Conti stated, “We hope the high school track will be open soon for the community to reuse outside of school hours. The Middle School track, that facility is not closed outside of school hours, but during school hours that’s really a Physical Education facility for us.”