LM school board approves multi-sport field agreement
Audience members broke into applause as the Lower Moreland Board of Commissioners approved the shared facilities agreement for the new multi-purpose Jan. 16. The new field, which will be located in the southeast corner of Lower Moreland High School and use some of the land near Fairway Farms, has been a project of the township for several months.
“We came up with favorable terms we could agree on,” board of commissioners President Rob DeMartinis said. “I feel very good about it.”
The project is in conjunction with the Lower Moreland Board of Commissioners. The field will be used by both the township and school district, along with the Huntingdon Valley Athletic Association. It will also be open to the public.
According to former Township Manager Rick Mellor, the new field will help alleviate pressure on some of the other fields in the township and school district. The plan for the new field includes donated materials from Allan Myers American Infrastructure, which has donated dirt from construction at local properties to help create a level field. Mellor estimates the cost of materials and labor donated is between $ 500,000 and $ 700,000. Additional help to fund to the project will come from HVAA as a contri- bution for future usage.
The field will be made of synthetic material and serve as a multi- sport field, so it will not be limited to one type of sport. The organizations agreed to use a synthetic field since it will be able to handle heavy usage without serious maintenance.
During the business meeting, the commissioners also approved a Feb. 20 public hearing date in order to rezone the area for park and recreational use.