Saturday, March 2, 2013
The Recreation Department has opened the field this weekend and after school this week.
Come on out to Victory Field for some fun on the new artificial turf field. The Recreation Department announced the field is open for use by all Watertown Residents. The field will be available on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Monday to Friday, this week, from 3 p.m. to dusk.
Friday, March 1, 2013
The Town Council voted to approve temporary covering for the field to allow Watertown High School to have the graduation on the football field.
Wanting to ensure that Watertown High School graduation will be held at Victory Field the Town Council approved purchasing a removable cover for the field for $25,000. The money for the covering will come out of the $3 million borrowed by the town to pay for the renovation of Victory Field, said Town Manager Michael Driscoll. Last year graduation was held on the new artificial turf at the field, but only after a make-shift covering was made out of plywood donated by Sterrit Lumber. The cover was needed so chairs could go on the field and so girls could wear heels and do not damage the artificial turf. The vote was not unanimous, however. Town Councilor Angeline Kounelis said she could not support the purchase. "This project was funded by …
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
The car was reportedly dumped at Victory Field.
Police are searching for a suspect who dumped a stolen a vehicle at Victory Field in Watertown, according to Twitter reports. The suspect reportedly dumped the car at the field after a chase that took him from Belmont into Watertown, according to Twitter user @alertnewengland. State Police are using a K-9 dog in the search. Other scanner traffic indicated a chase was occuring. Stay tuned to Watertown Patch for updates on this story.
Monday, September 10, 2012
The renovated field has been long in the plans, and Sunday the town officially rededicated the field.
When he served as Recreation Director Tom Sullivan dreamed of updating Victory Field, but he could not get it approved before he retired. On Sunday, Sullivan was on hand when his successor, Peter Centola, officially rededicated the field that has undergone a $2.8 million update. The renovation provided new lights, baseball stands, scoreboards and a new artificial turf field. Sullivan said the turf has allowed the field to be used far more often because it is more durable than grass and also has prevented cancellations because the water drains much better than the old field. "The other night it was pouring and I told my wife, I need to take a drive," Sullivan said. "Water was this deep (more than a foot) on Orchard Street, but the field …
Saturday, September 8, 2012
Watertown's main athletic complex will have its grand opening ceremony after the multi-million renovation.
Victory Field originally opened in 1922 to honor the men who fought in World War I and it became the focus of sports programs in town. The complex served as home to football and baseball teams from town, but with the new artificial turf installed last year the field now will be home to many more teams. On Sunday, Sept. 9, the field will be rededicated with a ceremony beginning at 11 a.m. In addition, the town will hold its 9-11 Remembrance Ceremony. "The dedication of Victory Field was held Memorial Day Weekend in 1922, so we are celebrateing 90 years," said Recreation Director Peter Centola. Along with the new artificial turf field, the field got a new entrance plaza, new lights and scoreboards were installed and a new set of baseball …
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
The newly renovated field will be the site of the town's ceremony marking the anniversary of Sept. 11, 2010.
On Sunday, Sept. 9, Victory Field will be the site for Watertown's remembrance of Sept. 11, 2010, and the recently renovated field will also be rededicated that day. Director of Recreation Peter Centola announced the ceremony this week. In recent years, the 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony has been held in Saltonstall Park, next to Town Hall. This year it will move to the field which reopened last fall for the Thanksgiving Day football game against Belmont. Victory Field received a major facelift, with a new artificial turf installed over last summer, and new baseball stands constructed. The field originally opened in 1922. The rededication and 9/11 remembrace will begin at 11 a.m. on Sept. 9, 2012 at Victory Field.
Sunday, June 17, 2012
Parking has become scarce with the renovated Victory Field, and the new artificial turf means its more popular than ever.
People have flocked to Victory Field for games, fun and other activities, but finding a parking spot can be a challenge, so Watertown officials have opened a nearby to meet the increased demand. Nearby residents complain of parking on their streets, and town officials worry that illegally parked cars are damaging the area around the field. "There are some spaces at the beginning of Marion Road (a.k.a. the Victory Field driveway) and some legal spots by the basketball courts," said Town Councilor John Donohue. "Everyone else is illegally parking." Cars parking on the grass and stone covered areas are damaging those sections of the driveway. The town will install signs at Victory Field to show where people can and cannot park, said Public …
Friday, June 15, 2012
Workers installed the bricks walkway at Victory Field, which includes the commemorative ones bought by local residents and groups.
A field of bricks went into the entry plaza at Victory Field this week, featuring the commemorative bricks bought by Watertown residents, teams and groups. The bricks were sold as a way to help pay for the $2.7 million renovation of the field, which included a new artificial turf field, new lights and a new entryway. Workers from Watertown Landscaping laid the bricks Wednesday and Thursday. People wanting to buy a brick inscribed with their name, their team or some other message can still do so, said Emilio Ruano, one of the crew from Watertown Landscaping. "People can put their brick where ever they want. We just take it out and put a new one in," Ruano said. "That's how it's designed to work." A dedication ceremony and official unveiling…
Saturday, June 2, 2012
Heather Hoiseth will walk the Survivor Lap on June 8 when the Relay of Life comes to Victory Field.
Saturday, June 2, 2012
Have you ever wondered if one lap around the track at Victory Field could change your life? Well, I never thought it could, until 6 years ago when I took that first lap, the Relay For Life Survivor Lap! I was diagnosed with Thyroid Cancer in March of 2006 and had my thyroid removed May 17, 2006. Between diagnosis and surgery, I waited and struggled with knowing I had cancer and trying to get through each day, to survive! A dear friend of mine, Carolyn Tolman was involved in Relay For Life and called asking if she could sign me up for the Survivor lap at June's upcoming Relay. I said yes, not knowing how much it would change my life. The thought of knowing I would walk that lap gave me strength and so much hope that there was light at …
Friday, June 1, 2012
School and town employees will work hard today to prepare Victory Field for the Watertown High School commencement ceremony.
Stormy weather forecast for Wednesday night nearly scuttled today's outdoor graduation for Watertown High School's class of 2012, but a group of town and school employees will be busy Friday morning preparing for the commencement. Superintendent Jean Fitzgerald said the Friday's graduation, which begins at 6 p.m., nearly had to be held in the Watertown High School gym. "In order to lay down the (protective cover) on the field we needed to start (Wednesday), but thunderstorms were forecast," Fitzgerald said. "The town DPW (Public Works) all the school custodians and some parent volunteers will be out (Friday) morning. They all need to work together to put down the protective cover." People really wanted to make sure the ceremony could be …