Township soccer fields will be closed for repair, maintenance this summer in Hampton

Monday, February 24, 2020 | 11:00 AM


The soccer fields at Hampton Township will be closed this summer for much-needed repair and maintenance.

The fields, located adjacent to the community center on McCully Road, are planned to be closed after Hampton’s Soccer Club spring season concludes in June, after which the fields will be inaccessible until late summer, said Christopher Lochner, municipal manager for the township.

“The fields are badly in need of being rolled and re-groomed or to fill in holes with additional topsoil. After that, they need re-seeded,” said Lochner.

Township council was made aware of the current status of the fields and maintenance needs at a recent township meeting. Lochner suggested visiting the Great Rooms at the community center which overlook the field while it is raining. There, large puddles can easily be seen throughout the field.

Currently, the fields are used by the Hampton soccer association for which they were built. While the Hampton Township School District does not officially use the fields, Lochner said the Hampton High School Boys and Girls Soccer Program unofficially utilizes the Township Soccer Complex throughout the summer for conditioning and training purposes. He said the captain of the teams usually oversees these activities.

However, in August the fields will still be closed when they hold their tryouts and start official practices.

Since the district itself doesn’t use the fields in the summer months, it’s not an issue, said Dr. Michael Loughead, superintendent for HTSD. But in regard to any activity later in the year for their athletes, they are prepared.

“Our athletic director is aware of the closure and he has made appropriate arrangements for any field needs for our student athletes that may arise. We are completely comfortable with the situation,” said Loughead.

Lochner indicated grass maintenance and refurbishment is not ideal from the end of the fall sports season to the start of the spring sports. And they don’t want anyone to get hurt using them.

“It’s a safety issue if anything. We’re responsible for maintenance of the field,” said Mike Peters, Hampton Township council president.

The soccer fields are part of the Hampton Community Park, which has a total of 195 acres. It also features picnic pavilions, playgrounds, tennis courts, street hockey courts, basketball courts, baseball fields, trails and an outdoor pool complex, according to the Hampton Township Website.

The Hampton Soccer Club lists Meadows Fields as another play location on its website. This is located in the community park as well. The Hampton Soccer Club has soccer teams from age 6 to 16, as listed on www.hamptonsoccerclub.org.