‘The Most Safe Surface That We Can Possibly Choose’: Officials Plan To Resurface Turf at Dunning Stadium This Summer


Focusing on a time-sensitive piece of a wider vision for the athletic fields at New Canaan High School, officials said Tuesday that they’re pursuing the re-surfacing of the turf at Dunning Stadium this summer. The life expectancy of the turf now in place at the Rams’ picturesque athletic stadium is 10 years, and Dunning is entering its eleventh year, according to Jay Egan, athletic director at NCHS. The turf at the 1997-built stadium last was replaced in 2005. Egan told the Board of Selectmen at its regular monthly meeting that this past fall he was surprised to see open seams on the turf field just before FCIAC field hockey semifinals (there turned out to be about 100 seams that needed repair). “We don’t want to be in a situation—we are not there now—but we don’t want to find ourselves in the next year or year-and-a-half—with a situation where for some reason that facility will not be able to be used,” Egan said during the selectmen meeting, held at Town Hall.

Friday Evening: Women’s World Cup ‘Viewing Picnic’ Planned for Pop Up Park

Though plans to install the Pop Up Park downtown permanently through the summer have been indefinitely suspended, one local organization is moving forward—with blessings from all parties—with a Women’s World Cup “viewing picnic” to be held Friday evening at South Avenue between Morse Court and Elm Street. The New Canaan Soccer Association is encouraging locals to wear red, white and blue and attend the event that it organized and for which it secured town approval last month. Three big-screen TVs will air Australia vs. Nigeria at 5 p.m., followed by the United States vs. Sweden at 8 p.m.

“Please bring your own food and drink,” the association says.

‘Our Town, Our Time’: Ram Spirit Fund Regroups, Expands Sponsorships for Turf Fields at NCHS

The Ram Spirit Fund
With prospective six-figure donors urging them to garner wider community support, the architects of a plan to create two additional turf playing fields at New Canaan High School are calling on local youth sports families to get behind the estimated $2 million project. Launched about one month ago on a tight timeline, the project calls for one regulation turf field ($800,00) and one full 80-by-60-yard practice field ($400,000) by the water towers at NCHS, game-quality lighting at both ($300,000) and new turf installation at Dunning Stadium ($500,000), according to the Ram Spirit Fund’s leadership. Its committee includes the NCHS athletic director, recreation director of the town and officials from the All Sports Booster Club and youth field hockey, football, lacrosse and soccer groups. If a reasonable number of New Canaan families step up by sponsoring a square yard of turf at $500 each—the Ram Spirit Fund this week is launching a new “Our Town, Our Time” fundraising push—then the base money raised there combined with what’s been pledged will put the project on track, said Michael Murphy of the All Sports Booster Club. “There are 3,000 youth sports families in this town and we’ve giving them an opportunity to show support for this community project,” Murphy said.

Letter: Supporting Youth Sports and Fitness through the Ram Spirit Fund

Dear Editor,

I’m writing to bring attention to a broad based community wide effort to improve our athletic fields. I invite every New Canaan resident to step forward and support the Ram Spirit Fund (RSF) Capital Campaign in progress now. The RSF represents a new collaborative effort that links our High School athletic program with various youth sports organizations with a shared vision to enhance our town’s athletic complex to meet current and future needs. Organizations coming together to create the Ram Spirit Fund include the NC Rams All Sports Booster Club, New Canaan Youth Football, New Canaan Soccer Association, New Canaan Youth Field Hockey and New Canaan Lacrosse Association. Phase 1 of this campaign seeks to raise Two Million Dollars to cover the cost of creating two new turf fields located between the current Water Tower Turf Field and Dunning Stadium (one full size regulation field and one smaller practice field), along with the re-surfacing of the Dunning turf.