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Ceremony Welcomes New Oxford Field

The event was held Monday at Oxford High School in front of about 50 people.

Oxford officials held a ceremonial groundbreaking ceremony for the new athletic complex at Oxford High School Monday afternoon.

More than 50 people, including parents, students and community leaders, met on the site of the new football field and track to discuss the $3.1 million project, which was approved by voters by a near 2-to-1 margin at referendum last week.

The project includes a synthetic turf field where  students could play football, soccer or possibly lacrosse and field hockey one day if the school gets the two latter sports. The field will be surrounded by an eight-lane track. The proposal includes bleachers, lights and a press box. All told, the project is expected to take about four months.

Read more about Monday's ceremony on the Valley Independent Sentinel's website here.

Ann Gamauf August 22, 2012 at 04:04 AM
Please don't rush the construction of this field to be ready for football season. Please make sure everything is done correctly so we don't have future problems with it. I'd rather see us go one more football season without the field than build it too quickly and end up with more costs to fix it.
Carol Kirby August 22, 2012 at 12:59 PM
I can't agree more. It needs to be completed correctly so no one is at risk for injuries also. Completing the field ahead of schedule doesn't mean it will be completed correctly, please take the time to be sure it's built safely.
Connecticut Yankee August 23, 2012 at 01:30 PM
Though the vote regarding the fields is behind us, the "near 2- to- 1 margin" is quite misleading. 1321 "for" versus 820 "against" is a pronounced difference, but not even close to 2 to 1. Given the approx. 25% voter turnout reported in Patch earlier, the results of the referendum indicate that the 1321 who voted "for" only represent between 15 and 16 percent of the total voters in Oxford - not what one would call a "mandate." Don't exaggerate, it only "cheapens" a legitimate victory. Again, congrats to those who got out the "for" vote to embark upon a public improvement which they believe will benefit Oxford. A point I would like to make is: when so many people don't vote, how can one know if this is really what the majority wants? Just as the field referendum offered two distinct choices, the November election represents the choice between two very different ideologies. Get out and vote!
Michele Corey January 29, 2013 at 02:26 PM
What's going on here? Has construction started; did(when) the project bid, and was it awarded? I've left many message for various officials, but haven't heard back.

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