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Poll: Should Westminster Build a Turf Field?

The city of Westminster is toying with the idea of implementing a turf field at the city park.

When he talks about installing a turf field at the city park, city councilman Tony Chiavacci sees dollar signs, and it's not because of the cost to build it.

"It will become an economic engine for downtown," Chiavacci said.

Chiavacci, who chairs the city's Park and Recreation Committee, has been exploring the idea of an outdoor turf field for quite some time. He said that having a turf field in downtown Westminster could consistently draw thousands of people to the Main Street area that otherwise wouldn't have a reason to be there. He said it could be even more during tournaments and playoffs.

Chiavacci said that Carroll County only has two outdoor turf fields, one at and one at Gerstell Academy, neither of which are open to the public.

"This would be the only publicly owned turf field in all of Carroll County," Chiavacci said. "All of our surrounding counties have numerous turf fields and some have them at all their high schools. Some of the newer schools even have two."

"Carroll County is way behind our neighbors when it comes to turf," Chiavacci said.

But it's not all about the potential economic impact or the $1.5 million pricetag, Chiavacci said it's also about the athletes.

"It also would give our kids an opportunity to practice on turf, as they play many of their games on it when playing teams from other counties," Chiavacci said. "Many sports are very different on turf versus grass and our kids are always at a disadvantage when playing on turf because they never have the opportunity to practice on it."

So what do you think--should Westminster invest in an outdoor turf field at the city playground?

Steve Heck April 24, 2012 at 03:10 PM
I don't see any room for parking at Jaycee's, but what about East Middle? They have a lower track where the turf field could go in the center.
Michael Onkst April 25, 2012 at 12:23 AM
M Onkst The question should be why don't we already have at least 1.
Charlie Bovash April 25, 2012 at 01:10 AM
Definitely but there better be a plan for safe, adequate parking.
Kpotorti April 26, 2012 at 10:39 AM
I think it's a great idea finally! Carroll County has so many talented young athletes...we should have a turf field!
Beth Myers May 09, 2012 at 03:26 AM
The City Park was given to the residents of Westminster in 1935. It is a wonderful open space that families of Westminster use for their enjoyment. It's purpose is NOT for making money! I have long thought that Fallfest amusements should be on the parking lot so the beautiful park is NOT torn up each fall and then the restoration of the natural grass costs thousands of dollars to restore paid out of city taxes I assume. TURF fields for county use need to be placed elsewhere .

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