Field Status

Friday, September 13, 2019

The Department of Public Works (DPW) has checked the condition of all fields, and the following decisions have been made:

All permitted fall fields are OPEN. Please note DeFazio Brock, Founders and McLeod are still under construction.

Per Board of Health order, as a precaution due to continued aerial spraying, on Friday, September 13, ALL fields at Claxton, Newman, High Rock and Walker-Gordon will be CLOSED after 6:30pm. We will update over the weekend with any new information.

All other fields in Town are unaffected by the Board of Health order and can remain open past 6:30pm. 

As a reminder, Needham is still listed as a LOW risk area for EEE. These closures are due to aerial spraying that the State is continuing to perform in and around our area. Needham has not yet been sprayed. The Board of Health would like to further remind you that your first defense to reduce your risk of infection is to wear and EPA approved bug spray, long sleeves, long pants, and socks when outdoors. Please continue to check this page and on the Town of Needham website (

updated map eee*The green areas was sprayed on Tuesday night, the orange areas were sprayed Wednesday night and the pink area was sprayed Thursday night.*

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If it begins to rain after 3:00 pm and the fields are OPEN, league officials will make the decision on whether fields will remain open or not. No field (including synthetic turf) may be used if there is standing water or during thunder or lightning.

The DPW checks the fields daily, and a message is updated after 3pm, weekdays when there is new information. No field may be used if there is standing water, and no unauthorized maintenance work may be done. Field decisions are final and may not be superseded by other officials. On weekends and holidays, decisions are made by League Officials. High school and middle school athletic decisions are made by the DPW and the high school athletic director, and those decisions may differ from the community decisions made later in the afternoon. 

For additional information on field permits, please call Park and Recreation at (781) 455-7930. Contact your league officials for scheduling information.