The road to another Section 1 title got a little bumpier for Mahopac this week when school officials closed the artificial turf field until wear-and-tear issues can be corrected. It’s unclear when the situation will be resolved.
“We found a couple of spots that concerned us,” athletic director John Augusta said. Right now we’re trying to find a company to come out and do the repairs. … Officials were starting to point things out more and more frequently. It was almost becoming a safety issue, so we brought in our insurance company.”
Tomorrow’s 1 p.m. game against Horace Greeley will be played at the middle school on grass.
Augusta is concerned about having all of the school’s lacrosse teams on that field for games and practices. The increased traffic could result in a bumpy and worn playing surface, so he’s looking into the possibility of using town parks and other fields within the district. If the situation is not resolved before the Section 1 tournament, Mahopac would consider reaching out to a neighboring district with artificial turf, according to Augusta.
“It’s such a fluid situation,” he said. “Right now, we’re week to week. We don’t know what the company that’s brought in for the repairs is going to say. We don’t know what the cost is going to be.”
When they head to the polls May 15, district voters will see a proposition to use $600,000 already in the capital improvement fund to purchase and install new turf. The current surface is 11 years old.
“We need permission to use the funds for turf,” Augusta said. “We’re in the process of educating the public that it’s not going to raise their taxes. The money is there for this. And it’s not just the school that uses the field. We have several teams in the community that use it, too.”