City of Pawtucket


Mayor Donald R. Grebien

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For Immediate Release
July 1, 2024
Contact: Grace Voll
401-728-0500 ext. 429
City of Pawtucket Hosts Groundbreaking Ceremony for Synthetic Turf Field at Slater Middle School 
PAWTUCKET – Slater Middle School in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, reached a significant milestone Thursday with the official groundbreaking ceremony for its new synthetic turf field, enhancing greenspace for students and residents alike. The event was attended by community leaders, including Mayor Donald Grebien, Lieutenant Governor Sabina Matos, Councilor Marlena Martins Stachiowiak, School Committee Member Joanne Bonollo, Superintendent Patricia Royal, Senator Sandra Cano, Senator Jonathon Acosta, Representative Cherie Cruz, and other city officials and community members.
The groundbreaking ceremony symbolizes a collaborative effort to provide state-of-the-art facilities that promote physical activity, friendship, and community engagement. The new synthetic turf field at Slater Middle School will not only support the school’s athletic programs but will also serve as a welcoming space for various community activities and events.
Mayor Donald Grebien highlighted the project’s significance in enhancing recreational opportunities for local youth saying, “This turf field will be a place where our children can play, learn, and grow together. It’s a testament to our commitment to providing top-notch educational and recreational facilities for all our residents.”
“This new field is a smart investment that will benefit every neighbor by bringing the community together for games and offering more access to urban green space,” said Lieutenant Governor Matos. “A healthy community is a strong community, and the Slater Middle School Field will help keep Pawtucket active. I commend the city officials who have worked hard to provide this new space for their community.”
The groundbreaking ceremony featured ceremonial shoveling of dirt, symbolizing the start of construction that will transform the current landscape into a vibrant hub of activity. Councilor Marlena Martins Stachiowiak expressed her enthusiasm for the project’s potential impact on student life. “This is a long overdue upgrade for the students and the community, a field where students can enjoy their time, thrive, and create memories,” noted Councilor Martins Stachiowiak.
School Committee Member Joanne Bonollo thanked the community for their support and involvement in making the turf field a reality. “I am excited about the opportunities this project will provide for our students and community members. It’s a testament to what we can achieve when we work together towards a common goal,” Committeewoman Bonollo stated.
The synthetic turf field at Slater Middle School underscores Pawtucket’s commitment to fostering healthy lifestyles, enhancing educational experiences, and strengthening community bonds.