Turf Field Construction to Kick Off at High School

Montville company to donate artificial turf field to high school in exchange for naming rights.

A year-and-a-half after voters rejected a referendum for the school district to fund the project, Montville Township High School will soon have an artificial turf field thanks to a donation from a local company.

Montville Township Public Schools Business Administrator Jim Tevis said contractors will be meeting within a few weeks to officially kick off construction on the project. While Tevis did not have an exact timeline for when the turf field would be complete, as much of the work depends on the weather, he said the project is moving ahead. 

"We'd love to see it done by the end of the school year," he said.

The turf field is being made possible through a donation from Applied Landscape Technologies, a Montville-based landscaping company. Applied purchased naming rights to the high school field after the board of education voted to approve the initiative in hopes it would help support the turf project.

Tevis said he was unsure how much the artificial turf field would cost.

"All we care about is they're building us a turf field to our specifications," he said.

As part of the naming rights, Applied will have the company name painted on medallions on the sidelines of non-playing portions of the field, Tevis said. During the construction kickoff meetings, Tevis said it will also be discussed whether the field will be lined for all sports.

"We're not quite that far ahead yet. We just want to finish the design," he said.

School board President Dr. Karen Cortellino said the board is excited to see the project moving ahead.

"The children of the district needed this field and we were happy to find a way to creatively achieve this goal at no cost to the taxpayer," she said. "We thank the contributors who are making this project possible."

A representative from Montville Turf the Valley, the non-profit organization that sought to raise money to turf the field, was not available for comment.

Comfortably Numb January 22, 2013 at 04:28 AM
when we start to see an increase in ACL injuries, MCL injuries and concussions should all lawsuits be filed against Applied Landscape Technologies ? What about the kids safety?
Lori Jacobsen January 22, 2013 at 01:02 PM
With four children and 5 out of 8 knees having been repaired, in our case due to genetics rather than field material. Injuries occurred on grass, gym mats, astro turf and tirf. Blanket statements about the cause of such injuries are not helpful.
Gary Lewis January 22, 2013 at 01:21 PM
I have seen too many communities make the regrettable mistake of not lining their turf field for all field sports.....I truly hope the school district has the foresight to line it correctly. It is not simply a football surface, and all field sports should play on the best, safest possible surface! Gary Lewis
Comfortably Numb January 22, 2013 at 01:36 PM
Clearly its not the safest, there are statistics that clearly support that fact and being an athlete I understand and appreciate what occurs in a football game on turf versus grass. The game is played at a higher speed and there is a tendency to have more severe injuries. Not really a debatable topic but I guess on Montville Patch people feel obligated to debate the color of the sky. I personally voted against the turf for the kids safety and for the sake of the game. Invest in nice natural grass.
Ed January 22, 2013 at 02:15 PM
When this field has to be replaced in 4 to 5 years.... who will pay for it... the taxpayers? People in town said no each time and the BOE chose to do what they wanted.
wally January 22, 2013 at 03:57 PM
Gary is correct, they should line the field for all sports. What's going to happen to all the $$ that the Turf the Valley group collected? Will it be returned to donors? What about those funds collected through raffles? And, how much $$ are we talking about in total?
Cynthia January 22, 2013 at 04:22 PM
Our town amazes me! Or is it like this everywhere? Bottom line, we have a new, beautiful field that costs me and you zero. Did anyone see the article in a local paper about how many million$$ Par$ippany is $pending to do the same, or other towns around us, too??? The current field was/is a mudpit and for all the kids that use it, is pitiful. Our town is better than that. These donors stepped forward. The project gets done and all the comments here are either complaints or directions. To whoever did whatever on this, I'd like to say.....THANK YOU!!
Comfortably Numb January 22, 2013 at 07:18 PM
Bottom line is that you apparently have a cultural belief that life is all about negotiating a better financial deal or a bargain, "if its free it must be good". Fortunately old school Montville doesn't swing that way, and that's why they voted down the turf to begin with. I can see that you're happy you think its gonna help your pocketbook but some of us actually prioritize the kids safety. Spend the money and put down beautiful nice safe grass and maintain it. These donors have their own motives which I could care less about.......its totally about the kids. In all due respect I would venture to say based on your name that you've probably played less than 50 lifetime football games on turf? Am I going out on a limb? It's pretty tough for me to respect your analytical views regarding the safety of football on turf. As far as other sports......there are enough turf fields in town as it is
Gary Lewis January 22, 2013 at 08:07 PM
That's odd, I saw the HS girls varsity field hockey team cancel and re-schedule practices and games when the grass mudpit at the high school was soaked and there was no free space at Camp Dawson, not to mention the extra cost of busing. You are deluding yourself to think that in this financial climate, the Board of Ed or Township are going to spend the money and commit the extra resources needed to properly install and maintain a natural grass field. I believe the turf referendum failed more because of general voter disgust that somehow $1 million 'was 'found' in the budget than anything else.....that still amazes me. Please help me with what is 'old school Montville' anyway? Gary Lewis
Ron Soussa January 22, 2013 at 08:21 PM
Thank you Applied Landscape Technologies!
Richard January 23, 2013 at 02:17 AM
Is care going to be taken to assure that the track does not get damaged?
Donna Vizzuso January 23, 2013 at 12:10 PM
Not to mention the fact that most College Field Hockey Coaches won't even come take a look at a player that isn't playing on turf. This severly limits the opportunities some have to play in college.
Dan Grant January 23, 2013 at 04:59 PM
Good move by the Board of Ed, This could have been done 8 years ago with little impact on the tax payers and been almost paid for by now. Under the circumstances this is a great solution to a long term problem. Turf has been used at Camp Dawson for almost 10 years and I know of no history of extra injuries as a result of the Turf surface. Dawson has multiple lines for different sports and I agree that the High School Field should be the same.
Angelo Harasts January 23, 2013 at 05:17 PM
The track has holes in it and cracks which have been reported to the athletic director in the past which should be taken care of under the warranty of the track and nothing is done. Also once the Turf is in the town will loose access to the track as has happend in other towns.
Gladys Stein January 24, 2013 at 08:37 PM
The Board of Education and administration at the High School worry more about turfing the football field than the Math Department. 7 out of 10 children are being tutored in math at $60.00 an hour. Something is wrong with this picture.
George Drexl January 25, 2013 at 06:38 PM
I need the name of your tutor....$60.00 / hr. is cheap.
Phil DeGrav January 27, 2013 at 02:35 AM
School board President Karen Cortellino said "The children of the district needed this field..." That statement is a joke, The kids of Montville do not need this turf field, A small percentage of the kids in this town will be allowed to use this field. Will the track be available for use for during construction?
Comfortably Numb January 27, 2013 at 03:07 AM
George, you spend that on cigarettes
Comfortably Numb January 27, 2013 at 05:38 PM
Hey Dan, nice job in the video. Love the porn star mustache http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UXiOL7kUVCc&feature=player_detailpage
Laurence Bueno January 27, 2013 at 11:08 PM
Honestly as a montville varsity football player this is a dream come true. For years theres been talk about turfing the valley finally we can have the field we've been thinking about for years. Some people might think its just for games to be played on but its more than that, we saw a great turn out of fans our season opener last year. It really felt like the whole montville community was behind us and we won that game. All the events from boys and girls lacrosse, pathways football, walkathon's, marching band and feild corpse, montville NEEDS this field. its something we can be proud of instead of the field we now use. i dont understand how any montville resident can have a problem with another company helping out and finally getting the job done.
Comfortably Numb January 28, 2013 at 03:10 AM
How bout you just win games regardless of what surface you play on. are we here for a fashion show or are we playing freaking football?????? we're gonna be more proud if you play on turf????? win games and we will be proud of you. spoiled brats with zero toughness. Show us some toughness and the community will respond.......Laurence Bueno
Gary Lewis January 28, 2013 at 01:30 PM
I'm just grateful the Board is going ahead with the turf in spite of this display of zero class and ignorance. I hope you feel better now having trashed our student athletes. I was fortunate enough to watch a few football practices this past season....'spoiled brats' would not be the first descriptive that comes to my mind. Be a man and use your real name.....better yet, if the shoe fits.... Gary Lewis
Comfortably Numb January 28, 2013 at 06:46 PM
George Drexl January 29, 2013 at 10:17 PM
Well said LL. It is such a shame that simple minded individuals like "Numb" feel the overwhelming need to prove to the world how sad and clueless they are. Unfortunately by "Numb's" response to my earlier comment, I probably know this imbecile and I feel less intelligent because of it. You and all the other athletes, musicians, etc. keep up your hard work and enjoy the new field.....all of you deserve it.
Angelo Harasts February 02, 2013 at 07:34 PM
I think the community is not focused on the real issue. The programs the High Schools offers Athletically do not prepare the kids to succeed. A quality program will always do well with or without a turf field, in any weather, with or without a track, year after year. The programs should be building confidence in our youth and teaching them they can do and achieve anything if they want to work hard. This will benefit them athletically, and in the classroom. and more importantly after High School. I have seen this happen in other disctricts with very special coaches and programs.
David May 09, 2013 at 06:09 PM
There are a lot of happy parents, educators, and kids in Montville who can take pride in their beautiful new turf field, ourdeep gratitude to those who cared enough to make this happen. To all our well wishers, thank you, thank you, thank you!!! Dr. David Tutone and Grace Alcoreza-Tutone


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