The time to take action is now in updating the facilities at Memorial Field.
As a 1986 graduate, I played football on this field. Three of my kids, one niece and two nephews use the field on a regular basis.
Memorial Field isnt just a high school football field; it has become a community sports facility. It should be something we are proud of.
Instead, it has become a source of embarrassment. We now must ask visiting teams to arrive early to find a seat or bring lawn chairs.
Memorial Field hosts many events year-round lacrosse, soccer, rugby, youth football, field hockey and, of course, football.
I understand others want a multisport facility somewhere else, and I agree. But where? We dont own viable land elsewhere. The South track and Community Field arent available; the Borough wont allow additional lighting. The Haugh Tract by Park Forest Middle School isnt large enough to fit the field, bleachers and parking.
Memorial Field is the only option. Do we really want to lose the convenience of Memorial Field to another apartment building?
Would we say to music department, Sorry, we wont fix the broken seats in the auditorium because we are contemplating building a new high school?
Of course not. We need to maintain what we have. Lets show our support to the school board members so they can do what we elected them to do review the facts and update the facilities at Memorial Field.