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Plainview's Dream Field Should Be Ready by September

State-of-the-art turf playing surface with lighting expected to take three months to install.

If all goes as planned, Plainview's professional-grade turf athletic field will be ready for its home football opener.

And if Plainview chose to, some of its games could be played under the lights.

Those were the clear messages delivered Wednesday night at a public meeting with school officials and representatives of the Town of Oyster Bay. It was news that had members of the school board, coaches and sports boosters beaming.

"This represents the culmination of a lot of hard work on the part of a lot of people," said Hal Mayer, the town's environmental consultant.

Michael Spinelli, the town's architect for this project, described the work as "straight forward."

Essentially, the existing playing field at Plainview JFK will be excavated to the required depth. Drainage and other devices will be installed. Then, a state-of-the-art artificial turf will be placed on top. The existing track surface and stands will remain as they are, at least for now.

The town has also agreed to include field lighting as part of the project, Mayer said. Beams from the modern lighting poles are directed at the field and won't flood the neighborhood with light, school officials said.

The new playing surface will be installed beginning sometime in late May and take about three months to complete, Mayer said. If the summer weather cooperates, the field should be ready to play on in September, Mayer said.

It won't only be used for football. The new field will be home to high school and area league team sports including lacrosse and soccer for both boys and girls. 

"This is an absolutely top of the line product," Spinelli said of the field surface. "It's the same as the pro's use."

The field covering itself has a lifespan of 10-15 years. The subterranean structure that holds it would last much longer.

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Using long-term bonds, the town has agreed to finance the new field in Plainview as it has in other nearby communities, including Bethpage. The cost figures were still not finalized Wednesday night, Mayer said.

Both the town and the school district get value out of the new field, a legal requirement on such projects, Mayer said.

The bargain that has yet to be finalized allows Plainview schools to use the field during typical school hours. Other community organizations, including local football, soccer and lacrosse leagues, will be able to book time on the field around the school schedule.

A similar arrangement is in place with other town sports facilities and is, in fact, in place now with Plainview's existing natural grass playing fields, officials said.

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Mike Polansky January 17, 2013 at 11:39 AM
This is obviously a great thing for POB. One question, while the construction is going on, will the track be available for running and walking?
Jeffrey Berson January 17, 2013 at 12:55 PM
Thank you Councilwoman Alesia and the Town of Oyster Bay!
Gary Talkofsky January 17, 2013 at 02:16 PM
Very nice though am not a football fan and my kids are all high school grads by the time this is finish. So it serves no purpose for me or my family except we end up paying for more school taxes forcing us to take a loan to pay for our kids college education.
Jeffrey Berson January 17, 2013 at 03:45 PM
Its being paid for by the Town of Oyster Bay so it will not effect shool taxes at all.
Gary Talkofsky January 17, 2013 at 04:32 PM
So we pay those high Oyster Bay Taxes also. What if there was a vote like they had for the Nassau Coliseum. Would this be voted for or against? The tax payers should have their say first. Plainview needs a new firehouse isn't that more important?
Chris Rogler January 17, 2013 at 04:44 PM
Thank you Town of Oyster Bay and the entire Plainview Board of Education for working together to make this venue possible.
Jeffrey Berson January 17, 2013 at 09:18 PM
The field is a win win for POB residents. Whether you know it or not, as a resident of the Town of Oyster Bay you have paid for turf fields in every community in TOB with the exception of Plainview. Massapequa, Bayville, Plainedge, Farmingdale, Syosset, Hicksville, etc., all have TOB provided turf fields. Don't you think as a resident of Plainview that youth of Plainview should receive the same as the other communities in Oyster Bay? The field is not in place of any other expenditure so it has nothing to do with a firehouse. The field itself will improve athletics for the youth of POB and any resident who would like to use the field or track. With childhood obesity and diabetes at an all time high something that encourages our children to participate in sports should be seen as a positive. The increase if at all in taxes from this extremely small project which will bonded over several years will probably be less than$1.00 a year per household and may even alleviate a school tax increase since the school district will not have to pay for much needed field repairs for the next decade at the high school.
Mike Polansky January 18, 2013 at 12:50 PM
Jeffrey -- Don't let a couple of people who will probably be against anything that doesn't appear to them to benefit them directly bother you. This is a great thing for Plainview-Old Bethpage, and we all owe a vote of thanks to the School Board, to Town Supervisor Vendittto and Town councilwoman Alesia.
Jeffrey Berson January 18, 2013 at 09:02 PM
Thank you Mike
Margaret Cameron January 18, 2013 at 10:21 PM
Thank you to Councilwoman Alesia, the School Board, Jeff and all other community leaders that got this done for the youth of Plainview Old Bethpage! You have put us on a "level playing field" with the other towns in TOB. Thank you also to Joe Dowd for keeping this issue in your columns and always being a "friend" to the sports programs and youth of POB ! WOOOWHOOO!
JOE January 18, 2013 at 11:30 PM
Mike a vote of thanks to the FISCALLY INCOMPETENT SCHOOL BOARD? Thank them for what my high school tax bill? Gary. Why do we need a new firehouse? what are they looking for a new gym or party room in the new firehouse? The firehouses we have are just fine . If you need improvements then repair the existing ones
JOE January 18, 2013 at 11:32 PM
I think a new field for our school is a great thing. The question is , when are we going to get some coaches to get us some winning titles?
js January 19, 2013 at 09:48 PM
well it is an election year in Tob,so there are your votes from plainview....

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