Field Status

Monday, September 16, 2019

The Department of Public Works (DPW) has checked the condition of all fields, and the following decisions have been made:

The Public Health Division has notified us that the state concluded their spraying for EEE on Sunday night, so the fields at High Rock, Newman, Claxton and Walker-Gordon may be used until dusk. (Check with league officials in the event that other decisions have been made).   REMEMBER Needham remains at LOW risk for EEE but your first defense to reduce your risk of infection is to wear an EPA approved bug spray, long sleeves and long pants. You should still strongly consider limiting all outdoor activity from dusk to dawn.

All other fall fields are OPEN, today, except for DeFazio Brock, Founders and McLeod which are impacted by the construction project.  

Information is sent out when available - register your e-mail or cell for instant messages at NOTIFY ME Field Status. 

If it begins to rain after 3:00 pm and the fields are OPEN, league officials will make the decision on whether fields will remain open or not. No field (including synthetic turf) may be used if there is standing water or during thunder or lightning.

The DPW checks the fields daily, and a message is updated after 3pm, weekdays when there is new information. No field may be used if there is standing water, and no unauthorized maintenance work may be done. Field decisions are final and may not be superseded by other officials. On weekends and holidays, decisions are made by League Officials. High school and middle school athletic decisions are made by the DPW and the high school athletic director, and those decisions may differ from the community decisions made later in the afternoon. 

For additional information on field permits, please call Park and Recreation at (781) 455-7930. Contact your league officials for scheduling information.