Stadium Surface Committee • Reconvened committee from 2002-2003 • Focus: Research the viability of artificial surfaces and track replacement projects at each school. • Committee representation – Board, Administration, Teachers, Community members, resource experts. • Sub-committee structure: - Usage - Safety - Maintenance - Cost
Synthetic Turf Systems • Components: • Drainage layer (composite or multi-layered backing system • Grass-like fibers/blades • Various products include infill system composed of sand and/or rubber.
Stadium Field Usage - Current • Current under-utilization of Stadium field space (used 5% of allowable time) • Used primarily for athletic contests: • Varsity/JV Boys-Girls Soccer • Varsity/JV Boys Football • Varsity Lacrosse • Physical education classes excluded from use • Limited access for Band and Spirit groups: 0 to 2 sessions per week in the fall and spring.
Stadium Field Usage - Projected • Increased usage of Stadium field space (projected use at 78% of allowable time) • Increased contest use (fewer cancellations) • Reduces off-site needs; saves time, transportation, and rental fees. • Physical education classes daily use • Reduces over-use of current practice facilities (allows for frequency of field rotation) • Regularly scheduled Band and Spirit group use • Summer use (curricular, athletic, activity, summer leagues)
Stadium Facility Usage 2008-2009 Fall Spring Summer
Safety Considerations • Risk of injury • Many injury risks are related to the type of sport or activity rather than the type of field surface. • Concussions, sprains, twists and jams are common to all sports. • Risk of exposure to MRSA & other infectious diseases • MRSA infections are commonly linked to abrasions. • Proper treatment of abrasions limits exposure. • Prevention/reduction of risks factors/Communication to users.
Safety Considerations • Risk of Exposure to Extreme Heat • Synthetic fields can generate heat issues. • District 211 heat index procedures limit exposure. • Risk Related to Sanitary Conditions • Major sources of the problem • Prevention/education • Risk Related to Exposure to Small Particles • Respiratory concerns • Facts to address concerns (crumb rubber, sand)
Field Maintenance • Field & Running Track Considerations • Soccer field width (65-75 yds.) • 6 Lane/8 Lane tracks • Field event locations • Product life expectancy • Product life 8 yrs. (warranty period) • Based on volume of projected use – planning for 5 yr. replacement of field turf (carpet only) surface. O/M budget planning
Site Engineering Services • Underground storm water management • Site planning (topography) • Survey • Permitting (Metropolitan Water Reclamation District)
Other Maintenance Considerations • Repairs and maintenance • Field lighting (new and/or relocated) • Communications • Ancillary items • Hard wired systems (PA, internet, security) • Irrigation • Utilities
Funding Considerations • Outright purchase - $1.3 million per site. Use of O/M Fund undesignated restricted balance • Meets capital improvement criteria • Existing program commitments are functional and support a systematic approach to provide equity among all five high schools. • Renovation of existing buildings are systematically assessed and scheduled for capital site improvements. • Future programs.
Other Funding Options • Other funding options discussed, but not recommended: • Lease/purchase option • Business/Community partnership – Fundraiser • Grants
Next Steps • Develop product selection specifications (turf types, fiber, backing systems, infill, base materials, lines/markings) • Meet with school parent groups to provide information about the Stadium Surface project consideration and request feedback.