Bronxville School administrators, students, village officials and community members officially unveiled the new Hayes Field during an opening ceremony on Oct. 12.
“This field is truly a community effort,” Athletic Director Karen Peterson said.
“It will be enjoyed by students and community members alike for many years.”
The new field features a synthetic turf and organic infill composed of coconut and cork, as well as a retaining wall, protective netting, a scoreboard and bleachers. It also provides a durable playing and practice surface and gives the athletic department more scheduling flexibility.
Peterson thanked members of the Board of Education for their hard work in making the field a reality for the school community. Community members also heard remarks from Board of Education President Jeff Rohr, Bronxville Youth Lacrosse Association Board Member Scott Bacigalupo and Athletic Council co-presidents and high school seniors Mac Crawford, Caroline Kirby and Sally Reynolds. They expressed their gratitude to everyone who contributed to the development of the district’s vision for the new and improved facility.
“The new field will be extremely valuable for the Bronxville community,” Kirby said. “Our town has so many sports teams that want to have practice and game times, and in the past there have been difficulties with scheduling enough space for all – especially during rainy weather. Now, with a regulation-sized field that can be used for soccer, field hockey and lacrosse games, and practice for all sports, everyone will have a chance to play.”
The original Hayes Field Project began in 1997 as a joint venture between the Board of Education and the Bronxville School Foundation, which raised money for the renovations. The field was named after Hedwig Hayes, a community member who made a generous donation to the project.
“Her bequest specified that it be used to ‘touch the lives of as many students as possible,’’’ Peterson said. “This new facility funded through the district sits on the site of the original Hayes Field and was built in the same spirit of serving as many students and community members as possible.”
The opening ceremony also featured music by the Bronxville High School Band, who performed “Rock Around the Clock” under the direction of Vincent Iannelli. As a conclusion to the ceremony, students and youth organization volunteers presented the district with a banner.