Graduation at Caito Field likely despite sinkhole in track

Graduation at Caito Field likely despite sinkhole in track

SCITUATE – Caito Field is temporarily closed due to a large sinkhole on the far side of the track, according to Supt. Laurie Andries. She said she hopes graduation ceremonies planned to be held at the facility can still be held.

With the hole appearing early last week, Andries said school administrators met with architects, engineers and contractors who designed and built the field. In addition, school administrators are having the field evaluated by an independent engineering firm with expertise in geographic testing to determine if the field is safe for use.

“Safety is our highest priority, but efforts are underway to address the situation as quickly as possible so that use of the field by students and the community can resume as quickly as possible,” Andries said.

Andries said the firm did not charge for its initial visit, and further study costs have not yet been worked out. She said if there is a cost, the School Committee and legal counsel will figure out where the money should come from.

School Committee Chairwoman Carolyn Dias said plans for graduation to take place on Caito Field are moving forward at the moment. She added that she hopes the field will reopen as soon as possible.

Andries said the district is hoping to get something in writing that will allow the field to open, even if just a portion.

“We’re trying to make sure we are as cautious as possible,” she said.

Renovations to Caito Field at Scituate High School, 94 Trimtown Road, are relatively new, with the project finished in 2019. R.A.D. Sports completed the $2.8 million renovation, which consisted of replacing the grass football field with rubberized turf and new setups for the track competition field including a long jump, high jump, shot put, hammer, javelin toss, discus and more.

The project also included a new entryway to the field and bleacher seating for up to 380 people.

According to Scituate Director of School Facilities Rob Corrente, the sinkhole was immediately repaired and did not cause damage to the turf football field.