Two articles regarding the multi-purpose turf field project were published this week on the @NewFairfield-News online site. The links to both articles are referenced below with the first part focused on the purpose of creating this field and the second part providing a status on the project approvals through the town boards. Khris Hall is the owner of the @NewFairfield-News online site and interviewed John Pendergast, Noah and me after meeting us during the recent Inland Wetlands meeting and Board of Selectman meeting in August.
The second article contains a link to a GoFundMe campaign containing a 3+ minute video created by Noah Alviti and Peter Kavanaugh which provides a net summary of the project purpose and objective…and a touching tribute to John Pendergast Jr.
We would appreciate if you could distribute these articles to increase the public awareness of this project as we strive to collectively raise the remaining funds needed to start this project.
From a town approval process, the status is:
Inland Wetlands approval has been achieved.
Zoning permit has been filed and the review with the Zoning Board is scheduled for the first week of October.
A land contract between the town and New Fairfield Youth Lacrosse is now required. The initial contract has been created by the town attorney and revisions have been submitted which are currently under review by the town attorney.
Once the land contract is signed, then a public hearing will be scheduled to discuss any concerns with the land contract. If the land contract is accepted without any changes by the public, then a town meeting will be scheduled for a town vote. We will be requesting your attendance in this future meeting to provide strong public support for this project. This vote would be the last step of the approval process.
We will keep you posted…and thanks again for your support and contribution to this project.
Field Project Team
Part One of Two: Death of John Pendergast IV in 2013 Inspires Lacrosse Club and Supporters to Upgrade Local Practice Field in his Memory
This is a story of tragedy turned into purpose – and a story of perseverance. It turns out that upgrading an existing sports practice field in honor of a local man who died in a tragic accident is harder than you think it might be.
Having laid plans for upgrading the grassed practice field and raised $90,000 as partial payment for the project, friends of John Pendergast IV (John Jr.) started the process of securing Town approvals.
Hello New Fairfield Youth and High School Lacrosse Parents,
My name is Noah Alviti and I am a sophomore in NFHS. I am leading a project along with the support of Coach Marty Morgan, Mr. John Pendergast, and Mr. Fred Testor to build the next multi-purpose turf facility in New Fairfield. All of us have spent countless hours this spring on Rebel Turf, Stadium Turf, or one of our multiple grass fields. We are all the recipients of the effort, hard work, dedication, and financial investment from prior generations to create these fields. Now, I believe it's our turn to expand our field space to support the growing field demand by investing in our community to benefit the current and future generations of athletes in New Fairfield.
The design of this project is to create a multi-purpose turf field located in the open field space behind Rebel Turf scoreboard. This field will be approximately the size of a hockey rink, with walls around the facility to keep the balls "in play". From a lacrosse perspective, this would be an ideal setting to play box lacrosse. Some of you may have noticed box lacrosse facilities in other towns such as Wilton which just added their facility earlier this year. The walls surrounding the field will benefit other sports such as soccer, field hockey, etc as this field would be available to all sports. We all recognize the importance of turf fields especially after this difficult winter. Other nearby towns such as Brookfield and Ridgefield have recently invested in new turf fields which are quite impressive. We need to keep pace and enhance our turf field space.
This project is gaining momentum. The New Fairfield Parks & Recreation Board and the Director of Buildings and Grounds support the project design. Presentations to several youth and high school sports boards across lacrosse, soccer, field hockey, and football have already occurred with unanimous support. Some organizations have already committed financial investments while other boards are evaluating the amount of funding to provide. In addition, other organizations such as the Rebel Booster Club and interested donors have been contacted for financial support. We are also rallying around a relatively recent tragic event. As many of you may know the Pendergast family, John Jr. played lacrosse through the youth program and through high school and died in a motorcycle accident. For those of you who knew John Jr., you knew about his passion for lacrosse and desire to educate young youth lacrosse athletes. This field will be built in memory of John Pendergast Jr.
This project is quite extensive. The foundation has been built and I am committed to this project with the help of my board of advisers. I am now reaching out to the extended lacrosse community to support the fundraising campaign. Progress is being made towards our financial goal and your help is needed to make this project successful. No donation is too small and donations are tax deductible via the 501c(3) New Fairfield Youth Lacrosse organization.
Please help us "leave a legacy" for sports in our great town of New Fairfield for years and generations to come!
Make checks payable to: New Fairfield Youth Lacrosse. Checks can be mailed to New Fairfield Youth Lacrosse (Attention Karen Hanley, NF Youth Lacrosse Treasurer), 10 Jewel Lane, New Fairfield, CT 06812.
If anyone is interested in further details, I will happily meet with you and explain the comprehensive project plan. Please contact me at
I hope all of you will support this vision and make it a reality...and months from now, we can all look back and say that "we made a difference" and take pride in giving back to our community by saying "WE DID IT!" Thank you...and go REBELS!