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youth sports, the Board of Selectmen, the Department of Public Works, the Natural Resource Commission, the Recreation Com - mission, the School Committee, and the Wellesley Public Schools athletic depart- ment. In 2003, the Town commissioned Geller Sports to create a master plan for the Hunnewell Fields. The report identi- fied the rehabilitation of the WHS track and field as a top priority. But priorities changed when environmental issues with Sprague fields began to surface. "The field undulated and debris from a 1940s landfill beneath it started to bubble up," explained Sheehan. "Shards of glass and pieces of metal were coming out of the ground and the Massachusetts Department of Environ - mental Protection deemed it a significant safety hazard and required that it be reme- diated by June 2009." As a result, the WHS field project was put on the back burner and the Sprague field project understandably became the top prior- ity. Its successful rehabilitation was a result of a public/private partnership with the town, the Community Preservation Commission (CPC), and private donors. This included a major donation by Needham Bank, which also provided a loan of $1.5 million to help the cause. After the Sprague field was completed, the new WHS building became top priority. Many expected the effort would include a new track and field, but during the economic downturn of 2008, there was no money left for the project. With the new WHS completed in 2012, the track and field project once again became a top priority. In 2014 the PFTF applied to the CPC for funds to create a schematic design, which was approved by the CPC, and Town Meeting. The School Committee agreed to sponsor the project. The proposal mirrors the successful Sprague field approach that included donations from private donors, the CPC, and the town. The estimated cost of the WHS track and field is $2.7 123 s p r i n g 2 0 1 6 | W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e

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