Wayne High Schools to Receive Major Turf Field Facelift


By Victoria Balduzzi and Bella Ishak

Wayne Hills and Wayne Valley will both be receiving a much-needed facelift of their turf fields.

The project was approved at the board of education meeting on April 11th. The project will begin after graduation on June 27 and end on August 12th.

The new turf fields will replace the ten-year-old fields with fresh new ones. The project is estimated to cost $1,025,000.

Back in October 2018, the Wayne Board of Ed planned a $6 million high school turf field project, but plans changed. Now the budget has been decreased to $1 million still plenty to cover both turf fields.

“The new synthetic turf fields will be an improvement over the previous turf fields due to advances in design and changes to the composition of the materials used in field construction,” said Mark Toback, Superintendent of Schools.

“It’s great. Being a student-athlete, it’s nice that the field is being re-done, I could see that the turf was coming up and we were in need of something new,” said Senior Amanda Rossi.

The coaches of Wayne Hills and Wayne Valley are very excited about the new renovations.

“I’m glad they are getting re-done, you could tell that they were getting really beaten up,” said Coach Richard Basilicato.

Many victories were made on them but new turf would be beneficial for the incoming athletes of Wayne Hills and Wayne Valley.

“I think it’s good that they are being redone, you can see that they are run down,” said Senior Francesca Zampella.

The budget for the fields does not include new bleachers or a new press box.