Wednesday April 18, 2012
The Grass Shall Be Greener
Lit field, new
turf to help fill gaps in practice time
Released by Starlee Renton, City of Chilliwack/Voice photo
Exhibition Park as it looked Tuesday,
will be seeing new turf and lights.
provincial grant will allow the City of Chilliwack to build an
artificial turf field three years earlier than initially planned.
"The new lit, year-round field will provide Chilliwack's soccer,
football and field hockey players with more practice time," said
Acting Mayor Chuck Stam. "Council is supportive of initiatives that
help members of our community maintain active and healthy
Council has directed staff to begin planning for the construction of
a new artificial turf field at Exhibition Field in 2013. The
estimated range for the new field is between $1.7 million and $2
million. By advancing the project, the City is able to defer the
construction of a gyro field and put its $580,000 cost towards the
artificial turf project. The provincial grant also helps reduce the
City's cost for the new field by an additional $250, 000.
A gyro field had been planned as an interim measure to help address
the chronic field shortage in Chilliwack, especially during the
winter months. Gyro is low cost and low maintenance, but is
underused during the summer months, when players relocate to grass
fields. Artificial turf is able to accommodate close to ten times
the amount of activity of a gyro field, as it can be used all year.
Chilliwack's Exhibition Field is already a premier sports facility
but is restricted to the amount of play, due to its grass surface.
An artificial turf surface will provide better drainage and allow
year-round use, increasing useable hours from 160 to 1900 hours. The
Exhibition site is also the preferred option for the construction of
the artificial turn field because it already has existing amenities
such as field lights, washrooms, change rooms and the grandstand.
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