Artificial turf installation underway at Ascension’s high school stadiums | Ascension
The installation of artificial turf has begun on four high school soccer fields in Ascension Parish.
As part of the $ 140 million school loan approved by voters last August, these projects will mean more collaborative use of the county’s competitive fields, according to a press release.
“The lawn project will allow schools to use the fields as intensively as they need,” said Jeffrey Parent, site manager for planning and construction. “With a natural finish, the maintenance and upkeep are huge, especially when there are hundreds of games and activities every year including soccer, football, band, sports, ROTC, and community teams.”
Turf is a form of artificial turf that is designed for a long service life with little maintenance. The fields are more weather-friendly than a naturally grown field, according to the message. The increased drainage capacity also enables it to be used in wet conditions.
The district worked with Danny J. Hebert, PE of Civil & Environmental Consulting Engineers, on the artificial turf construction. Each field will have its school’s colors and logo. The Ascension Public Schools logo will also be included.
Installation of the turf fields began on May 17th by contractor Sprinturf at the four existing high schools, and construction of the new Prairieville High School is imminent.
The cost of installing the soccer stadium fell below the $ 7.5 million budget, so the district plans to do so before the 2022 spring season.
Further information on the 2020 bond projects can be found at www.apsb.org/2020bond.