PRESS RELEASE: NEW HAVEN LEADERS, COMMUNITY MEMBERS & STUDENTS GATHER FOR BOWEN FIELD ANNOUNCEMENT

November 5, 2015
 
NEW HAVEN LEADERS, COMMUNITY MEMBERS & STUDENTS GATHER FOR BOWEN FIELD ANNOUNCEMENT
 
Bowen Field renovation announcement just in time for Thanksgiving Elm City Bowl
 
Leaders and community members from New Haven and beyond gather Thursday, November 5th 9:00 a.m. for a special announcement of the newly-renovated Bowen Field, home of Hillhouse High School field and community recreation.
 
Mayor Toni N. Harp and Superintendent Garth Harries joined with New Haven alders, city and school officials and community for the energetic ceremony, which featured performances by the Hillhouse drum line and dancers and the Wilbur Cross marching band and cheerleaders. with support from the Hillhouse football and track and field teams.
 
Bowen Field’ renovations include a new state-of-the-art turf field, eight-lane track, new bleachers, locker rooms, lights and other amenities. The renovation project was eagerly anticipated in time for the 2015 Elm City Bowl football game between Hillhouse and Wilbur Cross high schools; a New Haven tradition that happens every year on Thanksgiving and is anticipated to be competed to receive the community on this special occasion.
 
“I am thrilled that we will have a field that Hillhouse and all New Haven students and community members can be proud of – and I am even more thrilled that we will have it in time for the Elm City Bowl this year. Thanks to our partners who made this happen, including the New Haven delegation that created the possibility and the construction team that delivered in time.” said Superintendent Garth Harries.
 
“Bowen Field and the Elm City Bowl are two cornerstones of New Haven and Thanksgiving tradition, and to reunite them again this year is to restore order in this one important aspect of city life,” Mayor Toni N. Harp said. “We’re certainly grateful to all local parties involved in this renovation project, and to the city’s legislative delegation and the state for invaluable financial assistance.”
 
-RENOVATION HISTORY-
 
In August, the project was awarded a $4.8 million grant from Governor Dannel P. Malloy and the state of Connecticut to cover the cost of cleanup of the site before construction can begin. The project has recently received final approval from the EPA for the preconstruction remediation plan. The total cost of the Bowen Field project is about $12 million, with much of the cost reimbursable through state school construction grants.
 
Bowen Field is used by James Hillhouse High School as well as other New Haven high school athletic programs. The field also sees significant use from the community for recreational and exercise programs. The Bowen Field renovation project is part of New Haven’s landmark $1.7 billion school construction program. Launched in 1995, the program has overseen the construction or renovation of 37 new schools.
 
The architecture firm on the Bowen Field project is the S/L/A/M Collaborative. The construction manager is O&G Industries and Gilbane Building Company is the manager of the School Construction Program.
 
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