The WADF’s initial project calls for stadium improvements and the installation of a new state-of-the-art synthetic field at Westlake High School. This entails replacing all of the natural grass inside the track with artificial turf, as well as refurbishing the stadium entrance.
Maintaining playable field conditions throughout the fall sports season proves to be a daunting annual task. Field conditions deteriorate quickly and are slow to improve, eliminating the ability for any groups outside of marching band and football to use the stadium throughout the year. The current field is greatly under utilized and is limited to about 40 annual events.
Additionally, the field is costly to maintain, about $30,000 per year, due to expenses associated with lining, seeding, fertilizing, watering and mowing.
A synthetic field will positively impact our district and community by providing a multi-use, all-weather, safe and consistent surface that will be available for hundreds of events annually. In addition to high school groups, the stadium will be available for youth football, soccer, elementary school field days, community events and more. Physical education classes will now be able to use the field, providing Westlake schools with its largest classroom.
Installing a turf field will also reduce maintenance costs. With the elimination of lining, watering, fertilizing and mowing expenses, annual maintenance costs are cut to only an estimated $5,000 per year.
The high schools in Bay Village, Fairview Park, Avon, Avon Lake, North Royalton, Brecksville, and Rocky River all have installed turf fields with positive results on school and community programming.
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