Sunday, May 18, 2014

Raybestos Memorial Field

With just a quick blink you might miss it, or maybe just mistake it as woods. But this massive now abandoned softball field once held over 12,000 people. It was known as Raybestos Memorial Field and hosted the Stratford Brakettes Woman’s Softball team. The field hosted many notable games including the 1974 ISF Women's World Championship in which the United States defeated Japan for the gold medal. The field was owned and operated by Raymark Industries, Inc. a major asbestos removal company which had a factory adjacent to the field. Everything took a turn for the worst in the late 1980’s when allegations that Raymark Industries had been burring asbestos underground outside its factory. The EPA came in and discovered that the field which opened in 1947 and area surrounding it was highly contaminated, and like that the factory was shut down and the field shut its gates in 1987.


The field remains intact today with not many things at all removed due to the fear of releasing asbestos fibers into the air.
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Photo courtesy of ESPN.com

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14 comments:

  1. Where exactly is this located? Ive read just north of the metro north tracks, and such, but any exact address, or where to park/walk? I would love to check this out!

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  2. in between longbrook park and stop and shop. right next to the dog pound

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  3. The Raymark facility operated at (the Stratford) location from 1919 until 1989, manufacturing asbestos brake linings and other automotive asbestos products. The facility operated as a hazardous waste generator and land disposal facility. Raymark Industries, Inc. is a RCRA subtitle C regulated facility which is currently subject to bankruptcy proceedings.
    Hazardous waste produced on site includes lead-asbestos dust, metals and solvents. From 1919 to July 1984, Raymark used a system of lagoons to capture waste lead and asbestos dust produced by its manufacturing process. Dredged materials from the lagoons were landfilled at numerous other locations in the town of Stratford, Connecticut.

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  4. I grew up a 1/4 mile from Reybestos field. In the early 60's there were all sorts of shows there along with the softball games. There were drum and bugle corps competitions, the town's Fourth of July fireworks, etc. One year the annual Barnum Festival held there "Bally-hoo show there, probably around 1962. The stars were Bob Hope, Pat Boon, and Rosemary Clooney.
    I remember one of Bob Hopes jokes. Bob said to Rosemary that the liked her perfume and asked whT it was. She replied, Evening in Paris. He quipped back, " I thought it was Afternoonin Devon.
    We used to plat on big piles of white powdery dirt and rolling down them. It. Was probably asbestos.

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  5. This place is a block away from my house and I've been there many times (probably not to good for my health) but these are some better shots than I ever got. and if you got a little farther down there's an abandoned shack full of freezers which I can only assume was a concession stand. and There's also a storage unit whose doors are wide open that was full of Christmas decorations. This is one of my favorite places.

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  6. Is this place still standing. Where's a good place to park and walk?

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  7. I grew up in Devon across the Housatonic River from the Raybestos.plant. There was always a rancid odor that many blamed on Raybestos. Raybestos always blamed the Till Roofing plant across from them. When Till closed its plant the odor remained until Raybestos finally closed. The Raymark reorganization was a means of leaving the plant and avoiding responsibility for the asbestos that was left behind at the plant and fill that had been "donated" to the town to use for fill. This was used throughout the town including children playgrounds. Another digesting example of corporate greed without regard for the effects on the community. Much like what GE did in Bridgeport, Pittsfield and other locations.

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  10. I spent many nights covering the Brakettes there for newspapers when I was younger. I think they could get rid of all of it by brining in the right people in hazmat suits to get rid of the asbestos and then seal off the ground with some sort of a liner. I can't think that place is good for the people living near it especially with windy days.

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  11. Behind the Frog Pond Bar . I watched the 86 Super Bowl Giants play a softball game there.

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  12. I picked up new and deliverd used brake shoe cores to the factory when I worked for CT Drive Shaft in the early eighties. Saw a few games at that field back in those days. I thought they destroyed the place when they took down the factory buildings, I'm surprised they left it since it was all reportedly a Superfund clean up site

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