WESTON, Conn. -- The town of Weston has been awarded a $225,000 grant from the state to replace the town’s worn soccer/lacrosse field with synthetic turf.
The field is used by Weston High School, Weston’s Park and Recreation, soccer clubs and various other community groups.
State Rep. John Shaban (R-Weston) lobbied the Governor’s Office and the Office of Policy and Management for the grant over the last year, including multiple written requests, to push for approval.
“This investment will ensure we continue the integrity of the athletic field and augment its use for folks ranging from 8 to 80 years old,” Shaban said. “Since 2003 we have worked to update the athletic fields by installing lighting and new surfaces for student athletics, recreational use and community events. This new field will build on those investments by greatly improving the value of our award-winning athletic programs, enhancing the value of our town, and promoting fitness as well as community involvement.”
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced the series of grants under the state’s Small Town Economic Assistance Program, which were awarded to 27 towns throughout Connecticut for the purposes of funding a variety of economic development, community conservation and quality-of-life projects.
“These small town grants allow the state to partner with municipalities on projects that will help improve our communities, rebuild our infrastructure, and create jobs,” Malloy said in a statement. “These are investments that will make our towns a better place to live and work, will increase the quality of life, and help attract economic development and growth.”