Greenwich Parks & Rec Thumbs-Up on Town Party Temporary Flooring: No Damage to Fields

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At Wednesday’s Parks & Rec Board Meeting at Innis Arden Cottage, the Town’s Parks & Trees Superintendent, Bruce Spaman said that the Greenwich Town Party “came off very well.”

“We were concerned about damage to the fields, as we always are,” Spaman said of concern for Havemeyer Field which was used as a satellite spot for the main venue at Roger Sherman Baldwin Park. “The surfacing was very conductive to that sort of situation.”

“Havemeyer Field Really Came Out Looking Great” – Bruce Spaman on Greenwich Town Party

“I’d be interested to know where we could rent that ourselves, or if we could make it a stipulation of future rentals,” Spaman said of the temporary flooring that was installed across Havemeyer field for the Town Party.

Screen Shot 2014-05-28 at 9.16.23 PM“They did the whole field. That’s 63,000 square feet. That’s  two acres. We could maybe make it a stipulation of some of these larger events for future,” Spaman said.

The pricetag for the rented  flooring was $90,000.

Spaman said that at one point on planning for the Greenwich Town Party there was an offer of $30,000 if the Town would waive the flooring.

Screen Shot 2014-05-28 at 9.16.49 PMWhen you Trash a field, $30,000 doesn’t help you. These fields are natural systems. Use of these fields is important.”-Bruce Spaman

“It was very important that we had that protection,” Spaman said of the temporary flooring on Havemeyer field. “We’re looking at the long term of these fields. Use of the fields is important. The soil structure, the nutrients.”

Joe Siciliano said that over the next few months the Town would welcome comments from residents on the Greenwich Town Party and that all feedback would be factored into an assessment of the event.

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