He said the process will be “professionally done, completely vetted, and every question will be answered” before a decision is made.
For those who oppose the project, traffic along the already busy route is a major concern. Sports teams use fields nearby, they say, and the added fields would make it worse.
“Dedham Street is already backed up in the spring when the sports teams start playing,” Lee said.
Lights are another issue.
While Oasis said they are proposing “state-of-the-art” lighting that concentrates the light onto the fields while projecting as little as possible out into the surrounding areas, neighbors are worried the 70-foot-tall poles being considered would blight the park.
They also say locating synthetic fields near wetlands in a town solely dependent on well water needs to be examined.
For many, however, the character of Caryl Park is at stake.
“Caryl Park is a real resource for the town,” said Sally Helwig. “Sports are important for kids, of course, but kids should also be able to take a walk in the woods and appreciate natural beauty.”
Ellen Ishkanian can be reached at eishkanian@ gmail.com.