FOD Walking Tour Scheduled for Sunday

Residents on all sides of the turf field controversy will gather to inspect the condition of high school fields

A group of residents will gather Sunday afternoon for a walking tour of the football fields at and Their goal: to decide for themselves the real state of the schools' fields, track ovals and fences—and how much, if any, refurbishment truly is needed.

The exercise is being launched as part of the town's consideration of the controversial Fields of Dreams proposal

If approved, artificial turf fields would replace the grass football fields.The proposal also calls for modern lighting, new fencing and new track ovals for both schools. The project would be funded through the use of open space monies.  

Many FOD proponents argue that the plan is necessary because the football fields at Parsippany's two high schools are unsafe and unplayable.  On the other side of the equation, Superintendent of Schools LeRoy Seitz has said that the fields are not dangerous for students. And others hold opinions somwhere in between.

Robert Crawford, who lives near the Parsippany High football field, is one of the organizers of the walking tour.

The goal of the activity, Crawford said, is to allow interested residents to see for themselves what the conditions of the fields fences and tracks truly are.

He said he hopes the walk will generate a lot of interest and attract a lot of residsents.

"Hopefully a couple of BOE members will be able to join the tour," said Crawford, who served seven years on the school board.

Rank and file citiizens are the true focus, however, he said.

"Anyone, regardless of their take on the FOD proposal, is welcome to join the walk," Crawford told Patch. "Perhaps some constructive and creative dialogue can occur while the walk is underway."

Walkers are set to gather at 2:30 p.m. Sunday in front of the Parsippany High hometown bleachers.

Bob Crawford March 23, 2012 at 10:20 PM
Hello Andy Last weather update I heard was it should be in the upper 50"s with a chance of showers but we'll go rain or shine. . Bob
Chris March 24, 2012 at 01:23 AM
I don't think both sides will be represented here. After what I saw on Tuesday night from you I will not attend. I feel this will just turn into another spin in your attempts to discredit and attack Mr. Pietrowicz, the mayor and the BOE. You have only been confrontational yet you have no answers, no solutions and provide nothing productive. To all who do attend this so called tour....pay close attention to what is said and what is deemed acceptable for our students. Nothing has been done to these grounds in years except a concrete staircase at Par-Hills. Find out what other school systems do to their grounds on a yearly basis. ie: within the last 7 years Morris Knolls has new landscaping, new fences, new baseball fields, new football field, new track, newly paved roads and parking area. When was last time anything was even paved at our schools. We keep patching and quick fixing. Blame whoever you want but we are all accountable and I'm speaking up.
Bob Crawford March 24, 2012 at 02:45 AM
Chris As you know everyone is welcome and the purpose of the walk is to allow people to have an opportunity to make up their own minds and not to place a spin one way or the other on the conditions of the fields, fences and tracks. If you are completely satisfied with the information and explanations you have received from the Mayor and the BOE that is great. However some of us are not and at times when straight and/or complete answers are not provided by our elected officials, conversations can get confrontational. So be it
Selene March 24, 2012 at 03:53 AM
That is not the issue, this walk is stupid. The issue is using open space funds for HS school athletic fields which is inappropriate. Plain and simple.
TJ Ritter March 25, 2012 at 08:29 PM
FYI, there were no "FOD" members/supporters at this walkthrough. It was very informative. We saw things that needed repair, saw things that probably did not need repair and saw things that raised more questions about the scope of work. The press was there and we would have loved to have had the "FOD" members/supporters there so we could discuss the project.


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