Efforts continue to make Zach Tompkins Field a reality in Hudson
Named in honor of an 11-year-old Presentation of Mary Academy fifth-grader who died of cardiac arrest in March 2010, the public football field has been in the works for the past several years.
A groundbreaking ceremony was held in October 2012.
Cleanup efforts still have not been completed.
During Tuesday’s Board of Selectmen meeting, Selectman Richard Maddox said he met with project officials and members of the DES and EPA last week.
The presence of asbestos remains a concern, Maddox said, and DES officials noted that recent summer rainstorms have resulted in some soil erosion.
Maddox suggested the town’s Highway Department place some turf over rain-riddled areas to “at least maintain what is there presently.”
“Ultimately, this is the town’s land,” Maddox said. “Without us having control of some things, we’ve not been at the forefront of where we should be.”
“We want to realize this dream. It’s one we’ve had for a long time now,” Coutu said.
“There are a number of moving targets right now, and a lot of it is money-driven,” Maddox added, noting the process has proved frustrating for the Tompkins family.
“Right now the asbestos is buried under the parking lot area, which we’re hoping will be paved soon,” Lathrop said.
“The end is in sight, but we do need a little more money right now to finish what we’ve started,” Lathrop said.
Final plans for the main field’s construction must be made. Lathrop said the hope is to install artificial turf if funding allows, though grass turf is also a possibility.
“Our goal is to have the Hudson Bears playing there in September 2015,” Lathrop said.
The Zach Attack 5K Fun Run/Walk will take place Friday, Aug. 15 at Alvirne High School. Registration fees are $30 for adults and $10 for college students and youth ages 18 and under.
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