Weather Not Hindering Artificial Turf Project At Rockville HS
VERNON, CT – The wild July weather hasn’t hampered the project to install an artificial turf pitch and new athletics surface at the Rockville High School stadium, and work could be completed by mid-August.
That was the word from RHS Athletic Director Jeff Farrell on Thursday.
The highlights of the work are:
- The basic 120 yard fields, as well as the sidelines and buffer space, have been placed with the basic soccer lines.
- Permanent soccer lines (lacrosse lines are painted on seasonally) and an RHS sideline logo will be added soon, along with a capital R in the center of the pitch.
- The asphalt pavement for the athletics areas is also down and the rubberized surface will be added shortly.
- The jump pit and the runway were moved to an area next to the high jump.
- The pole vault pit is in a separate area.
- A separate shot put circle and grid was designed in the lower field next to the discus cage.
The new shot put area at Rockville High School (Chris Dehnel / Patch)
“We had insane weather, but the company has been trying to make up for lost time,” said Farrell. “He added that August 15th is the target completion date, citing a report from the South Windsor co-tractor Liberty Landscapes.
The official graduation target is September 1st, the start of day school.
Vernon Headmaster Joseph Macary followed the progress of the project on a camera and monitor system set up in the office of Assistant Headmaster Robert Testa.
Macary said the start of the project before Labor Day and the favorable weather in June made work get started quickly. He also praised the local ad hoc committee for “identifying potential problems before they develop”.
“We knew we had a solid committee and a good working relationship with Liberty Landscapes,” said Macary. “And if the weather is good in June. The parts have come together.”
The plan to replace the natural turf in Rockville High School’s stadium with artificial turf and renew the RHS track and field surface was overwhelmingly approved by local voters in April. The total was 336 votes in favor and 128 against.
Vernon City Council had previously voted to send the plan to a city assembly.
The total cost of the complex is $ 1,549,171, funded by available cash. vTo pay for the field, a total of $ 1,129,462 will be withdrawn from the one-time equity fund for the formation of a Field Turf surface and maintenance plan. The remainder – $ 419,709 for a new track and field surface – will come from the city’s general fund.
Macary said an artificial surface will add 30 to 35 days of useful life to the complex as there is less drainage and weather-related issues.