Contributed by Erin Gallentine
Cypress Field will undergo a $5.8 million renovation starting in March of this year.
According to Erin Gallentine, the Commissioner of Public Works in Brookline, the renovation could begin as soon as the week of March 15. The field is projected to be closed from March 2021 until August 2022.
Students will be unable to access the field and playground facilities while the renovation is taking place. Sports teams, extracurricular activities and summer programs that typically utilize Cypress Field will be unable to use the space during this time.
Assistant Head of School Hal Mason said the goal of the project is to create a higher-quality playing field. Gallentine said that the athletic field and playground will receive a full renovation, while the basketball court will be replaced and have lighting installed.
The new surface will be grass and not synthetic turf.
According to Mason and Gallentine, the Cypress renovation was originally slated to begin in March 2020. However, the high school renovation plan faced a $30 million dollar budget shortfall, which delayed the beginning of the Cypress renovation until March 2021.
Gallentine said that a press release detailing the construction schedule will be sent to Brookline families within the next two weeks.
This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.