GREENWICH, Conn. (AP) – Greenwich town officials have shut down a Wiffle ball field built by local teens on an empty town-owned lot.

About a dozen teens recently spent three weeks clearing dense brush from the lot in the town’s Riverside section and erecting outfield fences with castoff pieces of plywood. The field even features a 12-foot replica of Fenway Park’s famed Green Monster outfield wall.

But neighboring homeowners complained, saying the kids were noisy and the field created traffic problems.

After a two-hour meeting with the teens, neighbors and town officials Wednesday, Greenwich First Selectman Peter Tesei said a decision was made to shut down the field because it violated zoning and was an insurance liability.

The teens say they were told the fences would come down by Friday.

Town officials say they hope to build the kids another field at a nearby elementary school.


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