In a press release, Mayor Ken Cockayne, who is running for reelection on the Republican ticket, announced his intention to support the Field Study Committee recommendation to install an artificial turf field at each of the two high schools. The city has set aside $75,000 for site and design work.
“The Board of Finance may still have questions relative to this decision, however, I am comfortable with their decision and I am hopeful that the monies set aside will be released within the next few weeks to get this project going,” Cockayne said according to the press release.
The committee looked at a number of different options, including Rockwell Park, Page Park as well as the former Centre Mall property. Each option offered its challenges. “I would like to thank the members of the Field Study Committee for their hard work and due diligence to this effort,” Cockayne said in the press release, “they put their heart and soul into making this recommendation and I believe it can work for the betterment of the community.”
The news release from his office said Cockayne hopes the city and Board of Education will be able to work out a long term solution to the problems of scheduling the use of all the fields located within the City of Bristol. “This issue has frustrated many leaders of our various athletic programs and it is my hope that we can find a solution to this problem by the end of the year,” Cockayne said in the press release.