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New athletic facilities designed for multiple sports on artificial turf fields have become a trend across the region.
In Marblehead, a privately funded $975,000 renovation of Sergeant Christopher Piper Field was completed earlier this month. Wakefield installed artificial turf at three fields during the spring, including Landrigan Field at the high school. In Malden, the city unveiled a new multipurpose turf field at Macdonald Stadium in 2012, and is planning to build another at South Broadway Park in time for games in the spring.
Some communities have included multiuse artificial turf fields in school construction projects, as with new high schools in Manchester-Essex and Beverly.