What if the referendum doesn’t pass?

If the referendum fails, the bond ordinance is formally repealed, which means that the Edison Fields project will not move forward, and any funding bonded and allocated for Edison Fields cannot legally be repurposed for any other initiatives, including upgrades to grass fields.

To reiterate, after a comprehensive Strategic Parks Plan process and more than two years of research, resident discussion and input, and data provided by independent experts leading up to the referendum, this governing body, guided by recommendations from the Recreation Commission, has determined that the Edison Fields Project is the most prudent use of funding and resources, and is the only plan that we feel comfortable and confident supporting as a next step, for the following reasons:

  • An initial investment in artificial turf and lights at Edison solves for the largest capacity increase in the shortest amount of time, which will then enable us to begin our plans to improve the Town grass fields.
  • In the absence of additional capacity provided by the Edison lighted turf fields, maintaining and sustaining adequate grass fields is not feasible, and therefore would not be fiscally prudent – due to the playing time demands that are required.
  • Edison is the only proposed project that will also benefit our student athletes, trainers, coaches, and marching band due to its proximity to locker rooms, training facilities, and equipment storage at Kehler. 
  • This agreement delivers efficiencies and enhanced services for our taxpayers – in this case, fields that would equally benefit the Town sports leagues, WHS athletes, and students – an outcome that is only possible at Edison.

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1. What specifically will be voted on in the referendum?
2. Why has the cost of the project increased from $9M to $11.8M?
3. How will the project be financed? Will taxpayers have to pay for the $11.8M bond?
4. What is the timeline for the project if the referendum passes?
5. What if the referendum doesn’t pass?
6. Can the Town proceed instead with the Tamaques plans or other natural grass fields?
7. Will the fields be used primarily for games or practices?
8. How will artificial turf improve stormwater management at the site?
9. Why can’t the Town pursue natural grass like the WSA did at Elm Street?
10. How many hours of in-town play will be gained by installing lighte turf?
11. Will the Town pursue newer, more sustainable turf products to mitigate environmental concerns?