No artificial grass
Editors, Vineyard Gazette:
The Oak Bluffs Democratic Town Committee would like to thank our Oak Bluffs Planning Board for their ongoing review of the controversial MVRHS Sports Fields proposal. As residents of Oak Bluffs, actively concerned about the welfare of our fellow citizens and very dependent on our public water supply, we want to voice our concern and opposition to anything that could threaten this resource.
We understand the need to improve the sports facilities at our secondary school. Too bad the existing facilities were not better maintained. Athletics and outdoor activities are essential to the health and development of our children. A new track is needed, and a more accessible and comfortable stadium is probably overdue. Existing grass fields should be restored and possibly added to, but only in the most environmentally friendly way possible.
An artificial turf field as proposed in this plan, located directly above our aquifer and in two different watersheds, one flowing to Lagoon Pond and the other to Sengekontacket Pond, is a too great a threat. Clean drinking water and healthy ponds are far more important to our children and our local economy than the supposed benefits of this artificial field.
Please do not endorse this project with the artificial turf pitch as proposed.
The writer is chairman of the Oak Bluffs Democratic Municipal Committee.