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Lancaster

Efforts are under way by town leaders to acquire a synthetic turf field for Lancaster’s Westwood Park to improve playing areas and extend the season for soccer players and Little Loop Football.

Last week, the Town Board paved the way by approving a request for bids, which are due March 20.

Few details have been released, and general parks crew chief Terry McCracken was out of town last week, but town officials indicated the project is geared to help soccer organizations that have long needed better conditions.

“The soccer organizations have been asking for more for years,” Supervisor Dino J. Fudoli said. “This will hopefully create a space for them to play in the fall and wet spring.”

Other officials said the project would save the town money and labor on the existing play area. A turf field would be ready all the time.

The town has one field near the casino area of the park, which is off Pavement Road, between Erie Street and Walden Avenue.

“It’s something that if it comes to fruition, it will be good for soccer and football organizations. It will help an area of the park that is normally very wet and hard to play on,” Fudoli said.

The town plans to fund the project, whose total cost is unknown, through its Recreation Filing Fee Fund. Each new home or apartment owner must pay a one-time $1,250 fee that goes into a parks and recreation fund for park improvements and recreation-related expenses, including paying down debt.

Also this week:

• The Lancaster School Board has a budget work session at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the former Central Avenue School. Instructional funding is among the topics.

• A work session of the Village Board begins at 6 p.m. Monday, followed by a business meeting at 7, in the Municipal Building at Broadway and Central Avenue.

• The new Hull House Irish Tea will be held March 9, with seatings at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. The tea will be served in the Victorian house at 5962 Genesee St., next to the historic Hull House. For reservations, call 741-7032. Cost is $20 for adults; and $10 for children ages 6 to 10.