Field Status

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

The Department of Public Works (DPW) has checked the condition of all fields, and the following decisions have been made:

The natural grass fields are now closed for the season.  They will remain closed until April 1st, at the earliest.  Wait for a status update in April before using.  

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A hard frost has now occurred in all communities across the state, meaning residents are no longer at risk of contracting mosquito-borne illnesses EEE or West Nile Virus (WNV) in Massachusetts in 2019 according to the state Department of Public Health (DPH). DPH will conduct early season surveillance activities to assess the risk of WNV and EEE in 2020. To ensure you receive important information on this and other critical emergency situations in Needham, please sign up now for our emergency alert system at https://www.smart911.com/smart911/registration/registrationLanding.action?cdnExternalPath=

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If it begins to rain after 3:00 pm and the fields are OPEN, league officials will make the decision on whether fields will remain open or not. No field (including synthetic turf) may be used if there is standing water or during thunder or lightning.

The DPW checks the fields daily, and a message is updated after 3pm, weekdays when there is new information. No field may be used if there is standing water, and no unauthorized maintenance work may be done. Field decisions are final and may not be superseded by other officials. On weekends and holidays, decisions are made by League Officials. High school and middle school athletic decisions are made by the DPW and the high school athletic director, and those decisions may differ from the community decisions made later in the afternoon. 

For additional information on field permits, please call Park and Recreation at (781) 455-7930. Contact your league officials for scheduling information.