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Turf at Braintree High Out to Bid

As part of a long, ongoing process to put Capt. Petersen money to use, the town will use its own borrowed funds to build new turf fields at the high school.

Nearly a half century after tugboat Capt. August Julius Petersen gave Braintree $65,000 to build a public pool, parts of the project, put forward last year by Mayor Joseph Sullivan, are coming to fruition.

The town has put out to bid two synthetic turf fields at , which Sullivan estimated would cost about $2 million during a . Town councilors on Jan. 4, as part of a larger plan to construct an athletic complex that may include an ice rink and pool, funded by Petersen and private money.

"Specifically," the invitation to bid reads, "the Town seeks bids that include preliminary design, engineering, site preparation, excavation, drainage, sub-base preparation, installation, striping and painting of both a synthetic turf field at the site of the current football field suitable for use for football, soccer and lacrosse and a synthetic turf surface measuring two hundred ten (210) feet by three hundred forty-five (345) feet suitable for use for soccer, lacrosse and field hockey."

Submissions must be marked:

LAY-OUT AND CONSTRUCTION OF SYNTHETIC TURF FIELDS

ATTENTION: PETER J. MORIN, CHIEF OF STAFF AND OPERATIONS

BRAINTREE TOWN HALL

ONE J.F.K. MEMORIAL DRIVE

BRAINTREE, MA 02184

The deadline is March 28 at noon, when all bids will be publicly opened.

"We want to provide as much opportunity to our community and our student athletes as possible," Athletic Director Michael Denise said at the December hearing.

, originally the site Petersen expressed interest in developing, will instead such as more parking, a splash pad, and an enhanced picnic area and walking trail.

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