Mashpee Versus Sandwich Football - Thanksgiving 2016

Mashpee High School faces off against Sandwich in 2016 on its football field for the annual Thanksgiving football game. The town has commissioned a master plan for improvements to the athletic fields at the Mashpee Middle/High School.

The Mashpee Board of Selectmen awarded a contract to develop a master plan for improvements to the Mashpee Middle/High School athletic field to Gale Associates Inc. on Monday.

The scope of the work in the $29,100 contract includes “a review of the existing athletic facilities, their use, condition and maintenance,” Director of Public Works Cather Laurent wrote in a memorandum to the selectmen.

Based on a site visit and discussions with the town, the master plan will consider replacing the six-lane running track and converting the natural field inside the track to synthetic turf, a proposal by the Massachusetts-based firm says.

The plan will consider American Disabilities Act compliance and stadium entry as well as renovations to the multipurpose fields to accommodate baseball, softball, soccer, lacrosse and other sports, the proposal states.

Synthetic turf could be considered for the multipurpose fields if research determines the needs and usage of the fields to require turf and temporary fencing may be considered for the baseball and softball fields.

The final master plan is expected to be presented by November 22, the proposal states.

Ms. Laurent told the selectmen Monday that “we’re trying to get it done so that we can potentially submit something for May Town Meeting.”

The number of athletic teams using the fields at MMHS has more than doubled since the construction of the school in 1996, Ms. Laurent wrote in the memo to selectmen.

Fields do not have time to rest except for in winter and summer, seasons which are not conducive to growing grass, making maintenance “a challenge,” she wrote in the memo.

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