The Skillings Field Project consists of two critical projects for the Town, both located at Skillings Field (Ciarcia Field) — the area across the railroad tracks from Winchester High School. These projects are: (1) installation of a culvert under the field — a long-planned step in the Town’s multi-phase flood mitigation program and (2) removal of soil and installation of a “cap” over a portion of the field in order to remediate certain environmental contaminants found in the soil.
Skillings Field is already involved in construction and renovation as part of the rebuilding of Winchester High School. The WHS construction plan calls for new parking on Skillings Field, repositioning of the baseball diamond, removal of the defunct track, and restoration of the baseball and multipurpose fields (basic grass seed treatment). Most of this work is planned for Phase 3 of the WHS construction (June 2016 through summer 2017).
The work planned for Skillings as part of Phase 3 of the high school project provides an opportunity for the Town to coordinate completion of the culvert and environmental remediation before the parking area is built. By coordinating the work for all projects together, the Town will save money compared to the cost of executing each project on an individual basis.
The Board of Selectmen, the School Committee, and the Educational Facilities Planning & Building Committee (EFPBC) have all approved the coordinated plan for Skillings Field.
At a June 9th Special Election, Winchester voters passed a debt exclusion override to provide funds for the additional culvert and the environmental remediation projects but not a synthetic turf upgrade to the baseball field at Skillings. Town Meeting had previously approved the appropriation of funds for the culvert and environmental remediation (but not the synthetic turf upgrade). See Election Results update HERE.