Fields Referendum: What You Need to Know
Parsippany residents go to the polls to decide if the township's high schools will get their Fields of Dreams.
Two months past Parsippany's last trip to the polls and more than a year after the town's Fields of Dreams debate began, residents are being asked to cast votes again: The Board of Education holds its special referendum Tuesday to decide the fate of its $7.7 million proposal for athletic improvements at Parsippany High School and Parsippany Hills High School
What's proposed is a package including the installation of artificial turf fields to replace ailing football fields at both high schools and necessary stormwater management systems, new six-lane tracks, 80-foot lights (reportedly designed to minimize light pollution), Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant bleachers, fencing and public restrooms.
The cost of the project, which would be bonded for 10 years, would run approximately $30 per year for the average homeowner, whose house value is about $306,000.
The topic has been a divisive one: Many say it is beyond time for the town to make the fields comparable to those found in neaby towns—and ensure that they may be used by students for a variety of sports and other activities. Others, however, argue that the cost is too high, the improvements too extensive and the priorities skewed.
For this special balloting, nine polling places will be open from 2-9 p.m.:
Districts 21, 22, 23, 28:
Central Middle School
Districts 9, 11, 12, 13:
Brooklawn Middle School
Districts 5, 6, 7, 10, 37:
Littleton Elementary School
Districts 25, 26, 35, 36, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 38:
Rockaway Meadow Elementary School
Districts 20, 24, 27:
Troy Hills Elementary School
Districts 3, 8, 18:
Intervale Elementary School
Districts 1, 2, 4, 39:
Powder Mill Firehouse
Districts 14, 15, 16, 17, 19:
Eastlake Elementary School
Those who usually vote at Lake Hiawatha Elementary School will cast their ballots at Rockaway Meadow School for this election only due to the damage Lake Hiawatha sustained during Superstorm Sandy.