Sheldon Road recreation field opening pushed back to spring

By Janice Steinhagen - Staff Writer
Griswold - posted Mon., Oct. 8, 2012
The gate is still barred at the under-construction Griswold Recreation field on Sheldon Road. Photo by Janice Steinhagen.
The gate is still barred at the under-construction Griswold Recreation field on Sheldon Road. Photo by Janice Steinhagen.

The grand opening of the youth recreation field on Sheldon Road has been pushed further back on the calendar, this time to spring 2013. Griswold Recreation Commission Chairman Jamie Caporaso, who also chairs the Sheldon Road Field Committee, said that some unexpected glitches in providing utilities to the field prompted the commission to delay the opening from this fall. It’s the second delay in the project, which organizers initially hoped would be ready for action last spring after grass was seeded last fall.

“We are still working on it,” Caporaso said of the project “It looks really great. The grass is starting to come in. Really, the field is ready to go.” The sticking points, she said, include issues such as drilling the well and connecting it with a field sprinkler system, as well as finishing touches on the interior of the field house.

Another major delay involves bringing electrical service to the field. Caporaso said that the commission is working on obtaining a grant through Connecticut Light and Power to cover the costs to getting power to the field, not only for field lights but also for kitchen facilities in the field house. Doing so carries an approximately $5,000 price tag, she said.

Volunteer labor has been a huge contributor to the project thus far, said Caporaso. Commission member John Faulise, who is a landscape contractor, “has donated hundreds of hours to the project,” she said. Other local residents have participated in “work days,” to paint the building, clear the playing field of stones or otherwise help ready the field for play. The commission hopes to schedule another volunteer work day this fall and welcomes helpers of all ages.

The new recreation field will house youth programs and practice facilities in soccer, football, lacrosse, baseball and softball. It also provides areas for less organized recreation, such as a walking trail that skirts the shore of Pachaug Pond. The field will be formally named Pasquale and Maria Camputaro Memorial Field, in honor of the parents of Pat Camputaro, Jr., whose company, American Industries of Griswold, contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of paving, fill material, topsoil and labor towards the project.
Caporaso said that the commission is still raising funds to complete the field through the sale of memorial paving bricks and benches. Bricks, which can be inscribed in honor or memory of someone, can be purchased for $60, or $100 for two, by contacting Caporaso at

Other offers of help, either monetary or through donation of labor or services, are also welcome, she said. Those seeking to help with materials or labor should contact Faulise at 860-376-2006 or Steve Merchant at 860-376-3901.

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