Stonington athletic field fee draws parents’ ire

Stonington

STONINGTON, Conn. (AP) — Officials and parents in a Stonington youth lacrosse program are criticizing town plans to charge players to use the town’s athletic fields after some were renovated at a cost of $2.8 million.

The Day of New London reports that Deborah Dempsey, president of a 200-player lacrosse league, said parents are upset about fees of $10 to $20 a season after they backed the taxpayer-funded project to fix the fields at the high school and install artificial turf on the football field.

Recreation Commission Chairman C. Michael Crowley says fees would offset some of the $136,000 annual cost to maintain the fields and $400,000 to replace the artificial turf in 10 to 12 years.

He says the fee would cover only a small share of maintenance costs.

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Information from: The Day

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