If you build it they will come. So goes the saying, but for the Fairfield girls Little League softball, growth has occurred without the presence of a field all their own. That could soon change, though.

The Board of Finance (BOF), by a 6-1-1 vote on June 1, approved a Parks and Recreation Department appropriation request of $350,000 to construct a girls softball field at the Parsells property on Hoyden's Lane, and to perform additional work at the 9-acre site.

Town officials said that girls Little League softball, which has grown in the past few years, has no field of its own, while two boys' leagues each have a dedicated ball field.

Board of Finance (BOF) Chairman Tom Flynn, who voted to approve the funds for the field, said, "I think it's a need. We haven't invested a lot in active recreational space in town in the last few years."

Flynn said even with the new ball field, there will likely be space for an organic teaching farm that has been lobbied for, as well as another field -- be it for baseball or soccer.

BOF member Kevin Kiley said the softball field will help to bring about some athletic equity, "along with our commitment to use this property for recreational purposes."

The town purchased the 9-acre site for $1.8 million in 2007.