Teams get a kick out of new turf field
Soccer Foundation pays for $50,000 of $450,000 project
Local athletes have wasted little time breaking in the new synthetic turf on the popular Field No. 1 at the Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation Districts Howard M. Terpenning Recreation Complex, 15707 S.W. Walker Road.
Park district crews put final touches on installing the FieldTurf Classic product, which consists of smooth-sided cryogenic rubber and silica sand, on Friday. The surface replaces the original synthetic turf, installed in 2002 as the first of its kind in the district, noted Bob Wayt, park district spokesman.
Athletic fields are in high demand in our community, and synthetics get thousands of hours of use each year because of their durability, he said. In light of that, were happy to have HMT Field No. 1 available again for games, practices and other activities.
The U.S. Soccer Foundation picked up $50,000 of the $450,000 project, for which the district expects to come in slightly under budget, he said. Planning started last summer for the project to upgrade turf on the field, which includes a large grandstand for viewing games and practices and is heavily used by soccer, lacrosse and football players.
The FieldTurf Classic product, which has a life expectancy of 10 years, is the same surface the district uses on its synthetic turf fields at the Portland Community College Rock Creek campus and the Fanno Creek Service Center.
One thing we think experienced players will notice right away is that the new FieldTurf feels more like grass than the old turf, Wayt said. Newer technology in the FieldTurf system makes it possible.
After a Tuesday afternoon practice session, Hillsboro resident Baltazar Chavez, 20, who plays soccer for Chemeketa Community College, said the new turf is more fun to play on than the surface it replaced.
It was just like a rug. It wasnt as nice, he said. Right now its bouncy because its brand new, but its still a lot better than the rug. The ball would run so fast. Here, its almost like grass. The ball slows down little bit.
The turf is the first in the district with inlaid lines for womens lacrosse.
The permanent lines for womens lacrosse complement the overall appearance, are easily recognized by players, and will reduce our need to re-stripe multiple times each year, said Dave Chrisman, the park districts superintendent of maintenance operations. Weve also done tick marks in blue for mens lacrosse to speed up the process when switching from womens to mens lacrosse. It will allow our crews to simply connect the dots when they need to paint.
The turf also has inlaid lines for womens and mens soccer, and painted lines for youth football will be added this fall.
Both youth and adult soccer and lacrosse leagues will use the field frequently this spring, with most days between April 1 and June 15 booked between 3:30 and 9 p.m. on weekdays and 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekends.
This summer, the field will be used for summer day camp, special events, youth practices and tournaments, Wayt said.
Leagues, teams and individuals wishing to schedule an activity at Field No. 1, or any other field at the complex, should call the park districts Athletic Center at 503-629-6330.
For more information, visit thprd.org or call 503-645-6433.
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