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Vote on multi-purpose synthetic field in Hamden could take place Tuesday

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The idea of a new synthetic turf field in Hamden will be a topic for discussion on Tuesday evening. (WFSB) The idea of a new synthetic turf field in Hamden will be a topic for discussion on Tuesday evening. (WFSB)
HAMDEN, CT (WFSB) -

The idea of a new synthetic turf field in Hamden will be a topic for discussion on Tuesday evening.

Buried beneath the snow, is a baseball field at Hamden High School.

Officials want to convert it into a multi-purpose field, and add a new synthetic turf surface to replace the old grass one.

Hamden’s football field, which is used for many sports, was just revamped in the same way. The field turf covering it contains tiny crumb rubber pieces.

“We believe that these fields, each one has 40,000 ground up rubber tires in them,” said Nancy Alderman, Environment and Human Health Inc.

Alderman lives in North Haven, but her group of physicians and concerned citizens have been pushing Hamden town leaders to dump the idea of a new turf field because of concerns of chemicals inside.

Her group commissioned a study that she said found numerous carcinogens in the crumb rubber.

A group of manufacturers called the Safe Field Alliance said synthetic turf is safe and that there is no medical or scientific evidence to prove crumb rubber turf fields are unhealthy.

President of Hamden’s Legislative Council, James Pascarella, said if any citizen can show the fields are definitively unsafe, the proposal will be removed.

He said the project will likely cost near $2.5 million. The proposal also originally came from the school district.

If approved, the school, which has very little space for sports as it is, would have more multi-sport space, and athletes would not have to be away from school grounds to practice.

This would allow them to always be close to the athletic trainers at the high school.

Tuesday’s Planning and Zoning meeting starts at 7 p.m. The council president said a vote on the proposal could take place at this meeting.

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