Archived News Release from 2006
For Immediate Release
Synthetic Turf to be Installed at Several Fields in Red Morton Park
Redwood City , CA – August 28, 2006 - As part of Redwood City’s ongoing water conservation efforts, and to provide the highest quality sports and playing field facilities for the community, the City will be installing over seven acres of artificial turf at several fields in Red Morton Park.
Installation of synthetic turf at Griffin/Bechet Field will begin on September 5, and is expected to be complete and ready for public use by the end of November. The grass at McGarvey and Mitchell Fields will also be replaced with artificial turf, beginning in December, with completion estimated for late spring, 2007. The total cost for the new turf installed in these fields is approximately $4 million, which comes from the City’s Capital Improvement Program fund, as approved by the City Council on August 7, 2006, in addition to some grant funds.
These fields are among the City’s most-frequently used areas, regularly enjoyed by soccer and other sports leagues, nearby residents, and the community at-large. Unfortunately, even with the highest maintenance efforts and periodic “rests” and closures, natural turf does not regenerate quickly, resulting in dirt patches, dead turf, inability to use in wet weather, periodic closures, high maintenance costs, and an overall less-than-optimum playing surface. The City already has successfully utilized synthetic turf at Hoover Community Park Sports Field, and on the playing field at Fair Oaks Elementary School.
The state-of-the-art synthetic surface to be used offers many advantages:
- It’s a huge water-saver! The new turf at these sites alone is estimated to save approximately 5 million gallons of water annually.
- It can withstand significantly higher levels of use than natural turf, without the need for periodic closure for regeneration;
- It saves money because it requires very little maintenance – no water, no fertilizer, no mowing or other landscaping;
- The synthetic turf’s estimated 10-year lifetime is significantly longer than that of natural turf;
- It provides a ‘cushioned’ surface for users and can be used in wet weather, with superior drainage capacity.
During the installation periods, these fields will be completely unavailable for public use. Regular working hours for these projects will be from 7:30 am to 4 pm, weekdays. Traffic and parking controls will be in place during construction; access to schools, businesses, offices, homes, and properties will be maintained at all times. The neighborhoods adjacent to these fields may experience construction and truck traffic during the construction period. While this inconvenience is unavoidable, the City and the construction contractor will make every effort to minimize disruption. The City is notifying nearby neighbors of this project, and apologizes for any inconvenience that the work may cause. The community’s patience and understanding is appreciated as the City works to improve these facilities.
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Senior Civil Engineer