HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - Depken Field in Hasbrouck Heights, which had just reopened to the public a few weeks ago, is once again closed. This time, however, it is for replacing the existing turf field and running track which was in need of repairs.
While the field looked to be in good shape from the stands, a safety report commissioned last year, and discussed prior to the COVID-19 pandemic noted that the field was in its last stages of safe use. Rather than wait until the field became unsafe, a decision was made to replace the field this year.
On the field, there are bare spots or tears in the turf. Repairs had been made two years ago around the base paths, which had already been worn down. Walking the track, there are major cracks, particularly in the southeast corner (the turn down closest to Franklin Avenue towards Route 17), and in the straightaway in front of the stands.
Work is expected to take four to five weeks to be completed. High school sports should not be impacted, as football can not start playing games until the October 2. Pre-season football practices will be done behind the high school until the field is ready.
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